Lifehacker Vitals posted a blog post about Exercise vs. Diet: Which is more important to weight loss. It was a really informative article, but also introduced me to the idea of “kitchen training.” I spend 6 hours a week in the gym training, but I’ve never thought of the time I spend preparing healthy meals in my kitchen as “training.”
So I started devoting a chunk of time each week to it and I’m surprised at not only how much it helps, but also how much I’m able to prepare in an hour or so a week! There are a lot of things, like baking chicken and cutting it up, where about 20 minutes worth of the activity is passive, meaning you can use that time to do other things. That’s where you see the real time savings.
That got me thinking, how much time does it really take to do some basic things in the kitchen that would mean healthier eating and money savings? Check out some of my findings below and do some timing of your own!
Making espresso and milk at home
Active time: 1 minute to load the coffee in my brewer
Passive time (brewing on the stove): 6 minutes
Total time per week: About 14 minutes since my espresso makes multiple shots per brew
Coffee and milk supplies from the store for a month: $12
Starbucks latte 5 x per week for a month: $80
Making salads at home for lunch
Active time: Preparing chicken for baking: 10 minutes once per week to prepare the chicken and cut it afterwards, portions into the freezer, wash the pans used, etc.
Passive time (baking): 20 minutes once per week. I use this time to chop the cabbage and other ingredients I add to the salad.
Daily active time to put the salads together: 2 minutes
Salad and (including chicken) supplies for a month: $40
Daily salad from Salata with extra chicken, 5 x per week for a month: $220, not to mention the time saved going to Salata to get the salads.
Unloading the dishwasher
2 minutes and yet I never do this! I can totally spare 2 minutes once per week.
I had tons of dishes including pots and pans to wash the other day. It took 12 minutes. Typically it takes me 5 minutes or less.