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Healthy Reasons to Eat Leftovers

Don't Throw That Food Out! How Leftovers Keep You Healthy

Living alone, I've perfected the art of cooking for one — that is, until recently. Thinking of new ways to save on money and time while also sticking to a healthy diet, I now always prep more food than I need for one meal. Keep reading to find out why you should always put a little extra in the pot when cooking.

You'll eat more healthy home-cooked meals: When coming home late, cooking is the last thing on most people's minds. But too many nights of takeout taught me I needed a new game plan. Making a few extra helpings of dinner when I do cook means that regardless of how hectic a night is, I still come home to a nutritious meal I prepped from scratch. It also means I get a nutritious lunch the next day since I don't have to buy takeout while at work. If cooking is still new to you, try our tips for making healthy meals at home.

You'll have more time to work out: If I have a laundry list of things to do during the week like grocery shop or cook, the first things to suffer is my exercise time, which seems to be a common thread amongst all my friends. I've now gotten into a Sunday habit of making a big one-pot meal or roasting a chicken that I can eat throughout the week. With less time spent cooking, grocery shopping, and cleaning up during the workweek, I've freed up more time for evening gym sessions. Here are some recipes for healthy one-pot meals that taste better the next day, and five recipes to make from leftover roasted chicken.

Are you a fan of leftovers? If not, check out these tips for cooking fast, healthy meals on the daily.

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