The Secret to Getting Healthy is in Your Freezer
Setting goals to stay healthy is easy. Sticking to them? Not so much! Despite having the best intentions, we’re all guilty of occasionally letting our good habits fall to the wayside when life gets busy. That’s why we’re partnering with Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt to share four easy ways your — wait for it — freezer will keep you on track to a well-balanced lifestyle. From new ways to utilize tools that are already in your kitchen, to recipes and treats that don’t compromise quality or taste, these hacks will make it simple to navigate your way to consistent success!
Cook healthier options at home by using your ice tray to freeze more than water. The convenience of freezing your favorite homemade sauces, soups, and nutritious ingredients in an ice cube tray will make cooking for yourself impossible to pass up. The small molds create built-in portion control and allow you to defrost one serving at a time — making your effort in the kitchen worth it in the long run.
Rather than buying a sauce or ingredient that can be high in salt, such as pesto, take the time to whip up a healthier version at home and freeze it for later. Trust us, you’ll be thanking yourself for months to come!
Don’t forget to also try freezing puréed and whole fruits for morning smoothies, seasonal veggies to top off soup year-round, and herbs to elevate any recipe.
Stock up on healthy treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but don’t skimp on taste. Eating well doesn’t mean completely depriving yourself of indulgences. You deserve to treat yourself every once in a while! Give yourself permission to keep a few desserts on hand and practice moderation. We especially love sweets that help us pace ourselves — like Yasso’s pre-portioned frozen Greek yogurt bars.
Bonus: There are 18 different flavors to meet your every craving. Our personal fave is the chocolate chip cookie dough — it packs in extra protein and always satisfies our sweet needs with a smooth and creamy texture and loads of chunks and chips.
Prepare quality frozen meals ahead of time to avoid inevitable last-minute temptations. Whether you’re in a rush or finishing up a long day, the urge to abandon all your good eating habits will most likely come. You can fight the urge to grab the nearest junk food by doing meal prep ahead of time. Remember, the healthy option can also be the easy and delicious option! For breakfast — fill a muffin pan with your favorite oatmeal and freeze it. On busy mornings, you can pop a couple of cups in the microwave for a breezy start to your day.
For dinner, try a yummy stir fry with protein and plenty of veggies.
Stir Fry Sauce (yields two servings):
- 1 tablespoon garlic
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Stir Fry (yields two servings):
- 2 cups summer squash
- 3 baby bok choy
- 1 fresno chili
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 tablespoons (or cubes) stir fry sauce
- Sauté garlic and ginger with a little bit of oil until fragrant.
- Mix in soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.
- Remove sauce from heat and pour into ice cube mold.
- Chop veggies and place in a freezer-safe container.
- Sauté chicken in oil until brown.
- Add frozen veggies and cook until softened.
- Add in two cubes of sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
Get to know your new best friend: protein. Now that you’re getting healthy and hopefully packing in more exercise, protein is a necessity. Try whipping up some frozen protein bites to help replenish your muscles post-workout and keep your energy up in the afternoons. Our go-to strawberry and chocolate recipe is delicious and will keep you full until dinner. Bye bye, pesky snacking habits!
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 Pint Yasso Best of Both Swirlds
- 3 tablespoons whey protein powder
- 10 ounces frozen strawberries
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.
- Freeze for four hours in a chocolate mold.
- Pop out and treat yourself!
Pro tip: Use a silicone mold to make removing your bites super easy!
See? All you need to maintain your new healthy habits is a bit prep and a lot of frozen magic.
How do you stay on track with your health goals? Share with us on Twitter by tagging @BritandCo and @Yassofroyo.
Production & Styling: Kayla Haykin & Amanda Anselmino
Photography: Brittany Griffin