There are multiple things that differ us from earlier generations eating habits. Ours may be more convenient, but it’s also more artificial, preserved and processed. Another key aspect is the size of our portions. Nowadays there isn’t just big and small, there’s a whole spectrum inbetween. Portioning each of your meals is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients for your lifestyle. Thanks to Munro Direct food vacuum sealers, portion control has never been easier!
There are two ways you can portion up your meals – seal the ingredients or seal the finished results. Here are some great tips for portion control that you can apply to every meal of the day.
For something like a smoothie, you’d be better off sealing the ingredients rather than the blend. For larger fruits, (such as apples, pears, peaches and pineapples) you are best to slice them into bite-sized cubes. This ensures they will thaw quickly and retain the same freshness and texture. In addition, it significantly reduces the risk of freezer burn.
For basic smoothies with fewer ingredients, you can simply vacuum seal your favorite fruits, freeze them, then thaw them the night before. For the more intricate smoothie recipes, you can try vacuum sealing the ingredients in a jar. Packing your ingredients in layers will ensure the optimal result for any smoothie lover. Keep the wet ingredients at the bottom, the firmer and less absorbent items in the middle, and the leafy greens or other dry ingredients you don’t want to get soggy at the top. Storing your smoothies in layers can keep the ingredients fresh for months longer than normal.
Many of us get lazy when it comes to lunch. Especially if you work in your towns central business district, convenient fast food chains are around every corner. The best thing to do is to bring a heart and delicious lunch that will curb any temptations of eating out before they even begin. Leftovers are always great ideas for lunch. For one you know what they taste like and second of all, there is no rush in the morning to create a well-balanced meal.
All you need to do is look in your fridge or freezer and see what culinary delights from the night, week or month before that are sealed and ready to go. Also by having a substantial and nutritious lunch, you’ll feel energised the rest of the day and be less likely to binge when you get home.
Dinner is the most social meal of the day that brings family and friends together. When around others, many of us get carried away with our portions as we like to treat ourselves in the presence of others. However, it is very unlikely that any one person has the exact dietary requirements of the next. Depending on your physical activity, workplace, lifestyle and genetics, your daily carbohydrate and protein needs can vastly differ from your dinner guest. In general, aim to fill about half of your plate with veggies. Not only are they packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals, they are low in kilojoules too.
Providing you’re not a vegetarian, the meat served will probably the highlight or the meal. Why not use your vacuum sealer to make yours stand out from the competition! Try out the sous vide cooking method or the magic of marinading in minutes. When you’re done, check out these top tips for vacuum sealing your meat leftovers.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, your portion size truly does matter. Not only for staying in shape, but for fueling your body with the right goodness so you can perform at your optimum level. Vacuum sealing your meals takes the guessing work out of cooking and serving – not to mention it’s easy and delicious!
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