Eating healthy can be tough — especially when you don't have time to cook, let alone learn how to make food that's actually good for you.
So we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community and registered dietician Abby Langer to share their favorite healthy cooking hacks.
1. Cook with oils like olive oil and avocado oil because they're not as processed as some other oils, like canola.
2. Or use broth to cook your food, and skip oil altogether.
3. Try poaching and braising your food instead of frying.
4. Make and freeze a bunch of healthy breakfasts so you always have something to grab in the morning.
5. Stock up on frozen veggies and add them to everything.
6. But don't overcook them and make sure you eat them with some healthy fat.
7. Get yourself a double-decker steamer for easy, steamed veggies whenever you want.
8. And stock up on frozen lean proteins, like shrimp, salmon, and chicken.
9. Swap out sugar-loaded staples for natural sweeteners — or at least things with less added sugar.
10. Start grilling your meals.
11. Or try roasting them.
12. Actually read the ingredients on a nutrition label. If it doesn't make sense, look for a less processed version.
13. Invest in a spiralizer and slicer so you can easily (and creatively) add vegetables to every meal.
14. And quality non-stick pans so you can use less oil when cooking.
15. Stock your kitchen with whole, minimally processed foods that are versatile so that you can use them in a lot of different recipes without getting bored.
16. Keep complex carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice on hand.
17. Experiment with fun spices (and maybe even grow your own) to make those same veggie and protein combinations taste more interesting.
18. Buy plastic freezer bags and good tupperware so that you don't have to cook as often.
19. Bookmark a bunch of healthy one-pan or one-pot recipes that you really enjoy.
20. Buy a food scale if you're the worst at eye-balling portions.
21. Also consider getting a dependable slow cooker for making low maintenance one-pot recipes.
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.