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Spend a Little Time, Save a Lot of Time

Posted at: 02/25/2014 1:05 PM
Updated at: 02/26/2014 8:16 AM

Good food is always worth spending time on, Jen Haugen, Hy-Vee Dietitian will share tips on how a little time invested upfront can pay back in time when trying to get healthier meals to the table.

Time Saving Tips

Cook a Huge Pot...

Of whole grains on the weekend!  What could be easier than to cook up an entire bag of barley, whole grain brown rice, bulgur, quinoa, or wheat berries while you have an hour on the weekends?  Simply freeze after cooked in one or two cup portions.  Try the barley in Chicken Minestrone.

Make a Big Batch...

Of steel cut oats.  It takes about 30-40 minutes to make, then portion out and freeze in jars.  Pop them into the microwave (without the metal lid) and serve with fresh or dried fruit, nuts and yogurt for a satisfying breakfast.

Cut Now, Use Later

What’s the first thing to do when you get home from the grocery store?  Cut up the fruits and vegetables you spent your hard-earned money on.  Don’t let them go to waste at the end of the week – just spend 30 minutes washing, chopping and packaging your favorite fruits and vegetables for use all through the week.

Breakfast Baskets

All you have to do is open the refrigerator or pantry door for quick breakfast ideas that incorporate whole grains, fruit and protein.  Keep those baskets stocked on the weekends for use all through the week.

Thank you to Oldways Nutrition Exchange and The Family Breakfast Project for these time-saving ideas!  

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.