About meal prep with PD

What follows was from a post by Sarah… of Invigorated


👨‍🍳 “Can I still eat healthy if I hate to cook?”
Preparing a brain-boosting meal takes time and effort.
Some people enjoy it, others would rather just dial up Chinese take-out.
Even if you love cooking, stepping into the kitchen with PD can be daunting..
🔪 Chopping can be tough because of hand weakness or tremors.
🥘 Moving things around the kitchen requires mobility in tight spaces that freezing may not allow.
💤 Being on your feet for 30+ minutes takes energy which may be lacking due to fatigue.
If this is you, know there are ways to adjust.
Here are some tips to save time and energy:
🔹Use a slow cooker – Throw the ingredients in the pot, set the timer, and you have a full meal at the end of the day. 
🔹Cook enough for leftovers – Choose recipes that will keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days, or freeze for a quick go-to meal later. 
🔹Quick snacks – Commit to having basic healthy snacks (nut-based trail mix, apple and almond butter, peeled boiled eggs, seed-crackers and hummus) on hand that you can grab and go
🔹Invest in tools – Minimize cutting and chopping with tools to conserve energy and improve safety (think: an apple slicer, Ninja blender and chopper, etc.)
🔹Embrace the smoothie – Smoothies are easy to prepare quickly and can be full of nutrients. A basic recipe = Frozen fruits + veggies + non-dairy milk + plant-based protein.
🔹Use frozen veggies – They’re already chopped and easy to throw in a skillet to sauté (Pro tip: Avoid pre-seasoned and season at home). 
🔹Phone a friend – Ask a friend if they’d be interested in coming over once a week to cook a meal for you two (with enough for leftovers) and offer to buy the groceries.

Author: suerosier

In May of 2018, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's. After researching, I believe the symptoms began to manifest themselves years prior to last year. The purpose for my blog is to share what I have learned (with an index) to save others time as they seek for answers about, symptoms, therapies [and alternative things to try], tools I use, Parkinsonisms, recipes, strategies, clinical studies, words of encouragement or just enjoy the photos or humor.

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