I can remember my working days and since I have trouble judging distance, I don’t drive, so getting to work always involved a few blocks to the bus stop, walking across two parking lots, and then I had arrived and could begin my day. My arthritis was mostly in my back at that time, and I remember having to take a pain pill before I had even worked a half hour. I walked the parking lot on breaks and lunch just to get through the day.
When it was time to go home, I repeated my morning walk and arrived home in about an hour. What was I cooking for dinner? I was mostly eating trail mix or fast food, and cooking something healthy seemed too much trouble when I could just swing by the food court and pick up a sub or burger.
Menopause is a common time to have pain flare-ups, but you’ll feel better if you take time to prepare healthy food. That is where your freezer comes in. Here are five tips for arthritis freezer-friendly foods:
If you’re trying to eat healthy, you’re probably eating more whole grains. For a fun twist, you can make oatmeal and freeze it in muffin tins, or try some new grains such as quinoa or bulgur.
Butter, cheese, and nuts also freeze well, and don’t forget broth and stock to make soup or gravies.
Foods That Don’t Freeze Well
Foods you shouldn’t freeze include eggs, or salad fixings such as lettuce, tomato, and celery. Make a fresh salad the day you plan to serve it, and eggs scrambled, fried, or poached taste better when they are hot from the skillet.
Buy in Bulk
Watch for grocery sales, and stock up on ground beef or turkey. Brown the meat and you can add it to chili, spaghetti, or sloppy joes. Chicken freezes well also and can be added to casseroles, chicken salad, or chicken tortilla soup.
Make Extra Batches
When you’re doing your meal prep, make extra batches of pasta sauce, stews, and soups. You’ll thank yourself later when you come home starving but not wanting to stand over a hot stove to prepare dinner.
I know it takes extra time, but make single portions of whatever you’re freezing and then you have the perfect size when you’re ready to eat. It also helps keep you on track with portion control.