Working full time AND eating healthy, homemade meals can feel impossible, which is why you may want to turn to this YogaGlo series Better Than Takeout, created by yoga instructor聽Kathryn Budig. She shows you how to make six delicious, plant-based recipes that you can realistically cook up on weeknights. Here are her tips on how to eat well (and at home) even when you have zero time.

鈥淭he easiest way to take care of yourself is learning how to cook,鈥 says Budig. 鈥淵ou get to see every single ingredient that goes into your meal, [you] avoid processed food, [and] you always have the option to add something green.鈥 If cooking after a long day of work feels incredibly daunting, it鈥檚 time to reconsider. The Aim True author believes if you keep your kitchen stocked with staples, you can whip up a meal faster than it takes to order delivery. She suggests always having the following five essentials stocked up your kitchen:

  1. Cooking and Finishing Oils:聽Budig explains you need聽鈥渁 solid neutral oil聽for high heat cooking and a beautiful extra virgin oil for saut茅ing and finishing dishes.鈥
  2. Grains and Beans: Keep an assortment stocked 鈥渟o you can make a big pot of grains and beans, and then you have the base for a quick and delicious meal. You just need to add fresh veg, protein, and an epic sauce,鈥 she says.
  3. Flavorful Toppers: No meal is complete without pickled or punchy additions. 鈥淭hink capers (instant flavor upgrade), preserved lemons (which amplifies any kind of protein or salad), kimchi (mix into fried rice or serve with eggs), or pickle your own assortment of veggies. Fermented food is great for the gut and makes any boring dish special. And聽hot sauce聽or dried chili peppers,鈥 she says.
  4. Canned Light Coconut Milk: 鈥淚 used this for everything. It鈥檚 my go-to dairy replacement, and is a wonderful addition to soups, sauces, and quick curries,鈥 Budig tells us.
  5. Nutritional Yeast:聽鈥淭his might be random, but it鈥檚 a great way to get your B vitamins, the perfect dairy-free 鈥榗heesy鈥 flavor, and one of my favorite salad dressings when mixed with lemon, olive oil, and sea salt,鈥 adds Budig.

If you do finally make it to that afterwork yoga class (go you!), here鈥檚 what to eat when you find yourself getting home around 9pm and having to wake up for work in less than 10 hours. 鈥淚鈥檓 a fan of coconut water, which packs the extra electrolytes,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 like to eat something with protein after my practice鈥 I don鈥檛 recommend eating late, because you鈥檙e kicking your digestion into gear (high gear if it鈥檚 something heavy), which will mess with your ability to sleep soundly (and often results in some seriously odd dreams).鈥

When you do come home from a workout at a reasonable hour, Budig has two easy go to protein packed meals ideas. 鈥淚 whip up grain-free pancakes. It鈥檚 basically egg, nut butter, and banana 鈥 filling and who doesn鈥檛 love pancakes?! I鈥檓 also a big fan of anything in a tortilla. Siete makes my favorite grain-free tortillas, and I warm them up filled with organic, local eggs, pickled red onions, and a quick saut茅 of whatever veggies I have on hand,鈥 explains Budig.

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