Food & Wine7 simple tips to help you avoid take-out temptation

7 simple tips to help you avoid take-out temptation

7 simple tips to help you avoid take-out temptation

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After a long day, the thought of putting in overtime in the kitchen can be quite unappealing.

“Ordering takeout can be a time-saver, but it's expensive and typically less healthy than homemade meals,” explains Tori Wesszer, registered dietitian. “Prepping meals ahead of time means I can save dining out for indulging at restaurants I love, without the guilt.”

Wesszer recommends the following tips for fool-proof meal planning:

• Freeze Florida Orange Juice in ice cube trays. Add cubes to a smoothie for added vitamin C and a natural sweetener with no added sugar.

• Layer those salads. Make salads a few days at a time in mason jars. Layer your ingredients with dressing on the bottom to eat better and save money.

• Make leftovers. Cook some extra at dinner to pack for lunch the next day.

• Batch cook. Make foods like grains in large amounts ahead of time so you can have lots on hand for later.

• Pre-cut your veggies. Wash and dice veggies that you use often ahead of time and you'll have no excuse to skip your greens.

• Freeze the rest. If you make a lasagna or chili, make double and freeze half to pull out on nights when you know time is limited.

• Stock up on healthy kitchen staples. Keep items like canned beans and frozen veggies to pull a meal together in a pinch — a well-stocked pantry is essential to eating well.

• Organize with apps. Use apps like Wunderlist to plan your groceries. You can even share it with someone to help keep you organized and avoid buying doubles.

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