7 Food Hacks That Will Save You Time and Your Sanity

7 Food Hacks That Will Save You Time and Your Sanity
Carly Jacobs

‘What the hell is that???’ My high school best mate shrieked at me as I pulled my lunch out of my locker.

‘A capsicum! Why?’ I replied.

‘Are you just going to eat it like an apple???’

‘Yep!’ I said as I bit into it.

When I was in high school I used to pack my own lunches and I was health conscious from a very early age (thanks shit metabolism!) so my lunch box was always full of fresh veggies. When I had the time to cut everything into little sticks, I would but I was a theatre kid doing shows every evening, working at the newsagency on the weekend and going to school every day, I didn’t have time to be freaking julienning carrots before I left the house in the morning. Most days I packed a washed, whole cucumber and carrot and ate them straight at lunchtime. This was amusing to everyone but I couldn’t see the difference – it all ended up in my stomach anyway so why waste the time?

I do quite a lot of food-related content on Smaggle but it’s not aimed at foodies. It’s for people who want the best bang for their health buck in the shortest amount of time. I like fast and healthy food. If you’re looking for a gooey, amazing chocolate cake recipe, go visit my mate Baby Mac. If you want quick and healthy dinner ideas, I’m your gal. 

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Here are a few food hacks that keep me healthy, fed and way less cranky…

1. Greek yogurt with 8 almonds, 8 macadamias and a teaspoon of cinnamon is an excellent snack.

2. Get a pressure cooker. Most nights I chuck in some chicken, chopped vegetables and a curry sauce and I have a fragrant, delicious dinner ready in 10 minutes and I don’t have even have to watch it cook.

3. If you’re not a foodie and you don’t really care about food, don’t be obsessed with variety. I’ve been eating the same shit every day for the last two years and I’ve never felt/looked better. If you function the best when you’ve had a healthy omelette for breakfast but you crash and burn two hours after a breakfast smoothie, just have the omelette every day.

4. Peanut butter on celery sticks is a fabulous afternoon pick me up if you’re trying to avoid sugary biscuits or chocolate.

5. Always remember to JERF – Just Eat Real Food. It can be tempting to grab a health food bar or a pre-packaged mini meal but you’ll always feel better if you choose something real like nuts, fruit or some veggies.

6. Pack your lunch for work. It’s really not as time-consuming as you may think. It saves you so much money and you can pack nourishing food that keeps you satisfied all day rather than eating a disappointing cafe salad and being hungry five minutes later. If you looking for ideas you look here, here, here, here, here, and here. 

7. These bliss balls are excellent and you make some to have with a cup of tea in the afternoons.

This week on Straight & Curly, Kelly and I talking about food hacks, what we eat and how to get good food in your gob without spending a shit tonne of time and money on that situation.

What are your favourite food hacks? Time and money saving ones?

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  1. Carole 8 months ago

    Good tips! I cook pretty much every night. I have my repertoire of fast and easy recipes. I might have to look into a pressure cooker. I’ve been considering one of those multi function air fryers. We’ll see…

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      I cook most nights too! Usually in the pressure cooker so it takes almost no time at all.

  2. Reannon 8 months ago

    Make extra at dinner so you can pack it for lunch the next day.
    Have a meal prep day/arvo over the weekend to get you ready for the week.
    Stock your freezer with meals & snacks. I freeze all kinds of mince dishes, pulled pork, chicken snitzles as well as cakes/muffins/cookie dough.
    Meal plan. Always!

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      I used to be heaps into make ahead meals but had to stop because one of my major aversions is microwaved food. Just can’t do it!

  3. Erika 8 months ago

    All of the above (although I have a multi-cooker rather than a pressure cooker). If you can, grow your own herbs (parsley and chives will self-seed given half a chance). Being able to use them lavishly really is a buzz – also heaps cheaper than buying. I always have a tub of picking lettuce over summer, we grown heirloom tomatoes and have a dedicated cucumber bed (3 plants sees us supplied for the entire season – and giving them away). Tomatoes and cucumbers also do well in pots (ground or hanging).

    Learn how to use kitchen knives – a good one, fit for task, makes life so much easier.

    Don’t peel unless you absolutely have to. Potatoes mashed with yoghurt are awesome. Become friendly with good quality spice/herb mixes (great for specific dishes like paella, or coating a steak, or mixing through mince and making meatballs or meatloaf, or scattered over buttered vegetables).

    Keep food out of dog reach (which is a challenge when you have giant breeds).

    And quite seriously – we have fantastic fresh food in Australia. Don’t feel you have to do something elaborate with it.

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      Carly Jacobs 8 months ago

      Yes! We grow our own herbs and it’s a life saver and I totally agree about our food being amazing! We rarely season or flavour our food!

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