While I like to think of my healthy habits as an investment of my time and money, there are definitely ways to spend less time and money living a healthy lifestyle. A common, but underrated way to save both is by planning and preparing your meals ahead of time. Here are some of my best tips:
Whenever something particularly storable is on sale, it's a good idea to stock up. This applies to non-perishables, frozen food and foods you can freeze (there are a lot: just look on Pinterest!)
Count on leftovers.
Living on my own, I naturally have extra food whenever I make anything, but it never hurts to double a recipe the rest to eat as leftovers later on or even freeze. You'll save time not having to prepare the meal twice, and you might even save money.
Prepare your snacks.
It may take a bigger chunk of time initially, but by preparing your snacks all ahead of time, you'll save time in the long run. I like to cut my celery and carrots into sticks in advance for the week, as well as portion out nuts into Ziploc bags.
I'm no expert on this, but I've seen tons of articles about meal prepping and planning. Here are some of the best:
Meal Prep for Beginners
A Beginner's Guide to Once a Week Food Prep
Some of the best foods to make in advance:
Smoothies (not necessarily by making all the smoothies in advance, but by having the ingredients ready to go)