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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Stocking the MS Friendly Kitchen
Stocking the MS-friendly kitchen
You'll save time and effort by equipping your kitchen with tools such as a food processor and blender, as well as handy gadgets that can cut down on preparation time. Of course, the most important ingredients of an MS-friendly kitchen are the foods you buy. For nutritious, easily prepared meals, consider the following:
Canned foods Such as: Beans, tomatoes, tuna fish, fruit and jarred salsa.
Frozen vegetables Why: They're just as healthy and fresh, since they're usually frozen fresh right after harvest.
Plain rice Why: Great for easy meals. Opt for: Brown rice, as it has more fiber. If you have the extra time, it's worth the effort.
In-season fruits and vegetables Why: They're usually cheaper and fresher.
Pre-cut vegetables and fruits, and bagged salads Why: They save you time and energy (no cutting or chopping).
Peanut butter Why: The natural version is a great source of protein.
Whole grain crackers or rice cakes Why: A convenient and healthy snack.
Meal Preparations Tips
Timing is everything.
Since MS can be unpredictable, it helps to choose a day in the week to do the majority of your cooking. For instance, if Sunday afternoons work best, grill or bake several chicken breasts and save them for lunch throughout the week. Use the same approach when grocery shopping. If you have more energy in the morning, then that is the right time to head to the store.
Planning your meals for the week will save you a lot of time and money. Plus, it will keep you from scrambling on those days when you're not sure what to cook. If you're able to cook every day, great. If not, cook on days when you're not rushed. And think ahead by preparing a few meals at a time or by having extras for leftovers. Planning your meals ahead means lower costs and less wasted food that you don't end up cooking.
Make it a family affair.
If you need help grocery shopping, involve your friends or family. Preparing meals and cleaning up after meals are chores that should be shared.
Take a seat.
Sitting down during meal prep can help you conserve energy and can help minimize slips of the knife or spills.