September 25, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

10 Fast, Easy Tips For Fresh, Healthy Meals:

We all agree that it’s much healthier and tastier to eat fresh produce and homemade meals from scratch. But in this fast-paced world, who has the time and energy?

Take it from the way restaurants are run: it’s all in the prep!

Here are 10 tips to help you save time, energy, and a lot of nutrients.

1. Pre-cut produce. Store the freshly cut produce in airtight glass Tupperware or CorningWare containers. It will not spoil or oxidize as quickly, and it will help preserve the food’s nutrients. Other ideas? Clean, cut, and bag salad greens after you come home from the grocery store.

2. Reserve your cooking water. For example, if you cook kale in water, use the same cooking water as a vegetable broth the next time you make rice. It can add intense flavor and valuable nutrients.

3. Freeze one-serving portions. Make stocks and sauces in bulk and freeze them in one-meal portions for later use. Frozen soups make excellent lunches and frozen sauces are helpful and delicious additions to quick dinner recipes.

4. Freeze tiny portions for flavor. Make stocks and sauces in bulk and freeze them in ice-cube trays. Toss a couple of cubes of frozen sauce or stock in various recipes for added flavor the next time you’re cooking vegetables, grains, or meat.

5. Soak beans overnight. This can save you a lot of time over the stove and will also save you from the temptation and hazards of canned food.

6. Invest in a slow cooker or crockpot. Slow cookers help you easily plan ahead and make large portions of stews, beans, cereals, or grains for the entire week—and are also great for a large party.

7. Use your refrigerator and freezer to your advantage. I usually prepare enough cereal grains and beans for a week, and then immediately put half of the prepared food in the refrigerator and the other half in the freezer. By midweek, I have eaten the refrigerator portion, and then I move the freezer portion to the refrigerator to finish out the week.

8. Premix spice and herb blends. They not only enrich the flavor of a dish, they also improve its health benefits.

9. Invest in a good set of knives. And learn how to chop properly. A sharp, well-balanced knife set should include a chef’s knife (8-inch blade), a small paring knife, and a serrated knife for cakes and breads. These three knives will save you time and make chopping easier and safer.

10. Freeze fresh herbs. When a recipe calls for fresh herbs, there’s usually some left from the bundle you bought at the grocery or farmer’s market. Simply place leftover herbs in ice cube trays, fill with water, and freeze. When frozen, transfer to resealable bags. To thaw, simply rinse in hot water, pat dry, and use as if they were fresh.

Instead of nuking a prepackaged meal, use these tips to have healthy, freshly cooked meals even if you work late and come home tired and hungry. You’ll also get to spend more time to enjoy savoring your cooking and those you dine with!

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine, and board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.  Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena. Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.  To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao at [email protected] To subscribe to his tip-filled newsletter, visit www.taoofwellness.com.

in Health
Related Posts

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Area as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

County Walks Back Trick or Treating Ban

September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Department of Public Health now says trick or treating not recommended By Sam Catanzaro County health officials have walked back...

Trick nor Treat: LA County Bans Door to Door Trick or Treating

September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Update: the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has revised its Halloween guidelines. Previously, as reported below, officials planned...

Edify TV: LA County Salons Given Green Light

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Barbershops and hair salons in Los Angeles County have been given the green light to reopen with restrictions in place...

UCLA Searching for COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteers

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Editor’s note: this AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 trial is on temporary hold while the company looks into whether a patient involved in...

Ahead of Labor Day County Warns COVID-19 Progress Could Be Hampered

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Seven-day positivity rate currently below 5 percent By Sam Catanzaro Despite optimism regarding COVID-19 transmission rates, ahead of Labor Day...

New Santa Monica Senior Affordable Housing

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Greenway Meadows development nears completion A new development near completion in Santa Monica will provide 38 apartments to low-income seniors...

Montalvo on Montana’s ‘Boos Boos LA’ Cotton Masks

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

By Staff Writer In light of the growing need for personal protection equipment, a local company is getting creative with...

County Can ‘Think About’ Reopening Schools, Businesses if Transmission Rates Hold

August 25, 2020

August 25, 2020

Community spread still needs to decrease, officials say By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County’s head of public health noted at...

My Dog Day of Summer

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

I usually don’t sweat the news about temperatures.  I live on the Westside, close to the Pacific Ocean, and it...

Column: How to Play it Safe to Prevent Deadly Heat Exhaustion

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

By Shawn McCann  As the Southland region broils in a summer heatwave, the coronavirus pandemic has created additional concern for...

Conscious Human Medicine Helping Santa Monica Residents Reverse Chronic Disease and Boost Health

August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

By Staff Writer When co-founders Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi and Dr. Matthew Cavaiola started their practice, Conscious Human Medicine, they had...

LAUSD Announces Plans to Test and Contact Trace All Students and Staff

August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020

By Chad Winthrop The nation’s second-largest public school system will provide COVID-19 tests and contact tracing for all Los Angeles...

County Surpasses Somber Milestone of 5,000 COVID-19 Deaths

August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020

Hospitalizations continue to decline By Sam Catanzaro L.A. County reached a somber milestone Tuesday of over 5,000 COVID- 19 deaths....

Santa Monica Doctor Catches Heat for His Appearance in Censored Coronavirus Video

August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

By Toi Creel A Santa Monica pediatrician is raising some eyebrows about his speculations made in a censored social media...