A common problem faced by the modern bachelor millennial gentleman is how to enjoy healthy food on budget and yet will still be delicious. In this article we will discuss how to eat better as a single man who doesn’t cook.

Why Don’t You Want to Cook?

We should first consider why you don’t want to cook. Meals are often associated with cooking. As some may say, there are no shortcuts if you want to eat healthy and delicious food. Someone, if not yourself, must cook food at some point — even the lunch-meats you purchase at the grocery store have been cooked, as have the canned soups and frozen TV dinners so many men are fond of.

Perhaps your reason to not cook is due to time constraints in your life. With the current pace of living that we have right now, more single men no longer prioritize cooking as one of their basic chores as they are focused on other tasks, such as work. This reasoning can make sense.

However, many men avoid cooking out of laziness, even though cooking is a cheaper way to eat and tends to be healthier. There are many men today who are not attracted to the idea of cooking their own meals as they view it as a chore, but there are some who do not have any idea when it comes to cooking and have avoided learning how. Many would prefer to just order their food from online apps and websites, and some prefer to dine in at restaurants and fast-food chains rather than cook their meals. For those single working men, who have their own place and live alone, time is one factor why they are not even interested in preparing their meals. There are also instances when some men are really not familiar with any cooking techniques and have no skills at all when it comes to meal preparations. Another factor is the cost of cooking a complete meal, which seemed to be more expensive and requires much time to finish even one dish. Some men just don’t want to be burdened with going to the supermarkets to buy and then prepare their own dishes as well. There are so many reasons why cooking is never a part of some single men’s lifestyle and their everyday agenda, although some reasons are better than others — time constraints is a good reason and being too lazy to learn how to cook is not.

Regardless of the reason, what matters in situations where cooking is not an option for single men is that they still have lots of choices on addressing that particular concern. One important consideration of eating better even without cooking is acknowledging your own tastes and lifestyle, as well as considering your purchasing capacity and health needs. The type of food that we normally eat varies from one person to another, depending on their health, taste preference, and way of living. Some are vegetarians who can do away without a meat diet, and some don’t want fast food meals. Yet there are no easy solutions for everyone’s different needs, particularly men who have no flare for cooking. There are health food stores with a wide variety of healthy food to choose from that don’t require cooking. There are also online stores that sell complete meals according to your health needs, and they even give suggestions on what to buy for a complete meal course. One best option is going to the supermarket during free time to have hands-on choices among the variety of food being sold.

With the fast-paced lifestyle that we have, particularly among single men focused on making their lives better and achieving their dreams, some basic chores have to step aside. Cooking is one of the main tasks that men would normally put aside yet; they are still eager to have a healthy diet even without cooking their meals—knowing what suits our taste and our health requirements are of utmost importance. Professional single men normally tend to be busy enough not to put much awareness in their eating habits and choose the right diet for them. They are the ones that require professional assistance or get into a diet program where they get advice on the proper diet that fits their lifestyle. On the other hand, most single men are health buffs who have health regimens and are very attentive in their diet but still wouldn’t want to prepare and cook their own food. These health-conscious single men usually take health or dietary supplements to meet the daily dose of healthy nutrients that they need. They are conscious of their food intake and often get into meal plans or health advice from professionals.

How to Buy Pre-Prepared Food That is Healthy

For single men who don’t like the idea of cooking their own food and yet still want to eat healthy, there are several ways to go about this, but some considerations must be made.

  • First, you need to consider your choice of food for your lifestyle. What kind of food are you looking to eat? Do you have dietary restrictions?
  • Secondly. you must consider your monthly food budge as this will impact the quality of food you can buy and places to purchase from.
  • Thirdly you must consider what you have available to you in terms of resources. For young single men who are still staying with their family or friends, perhaps someone you live with can do the cooking for you. If you live alone you should consider what grocery stores and restaurants are near you.

Great Places to Purchase Prepared Healthy Food for Single Men

The Grocery Store Deli

Your grocery store is the best place to find affordable and healthy prepared food. Some supermarkets have ready-to-eat meals be it vegetables, fish, or meat dishes. Fruits and vegetables may also be an alternative for some cooked food when it comes to nutrients and health benefits. Many grocery stores have a deli section with prepared sandwiches, salads and other foods that can be purchased in bulk and taken home. By putting them in your fridge or even freezer, you can greatly extend the shelf life of these items and they are very healthy to eat.

What you should avoid at the grocery store is TV dinners in the frozen food section. Even the foods which are labeled as “healthy” have high amounts of sugar and salt, and are definitely not good food to eat if you’re interested in eating healthy.

Local Restaurants Near Your Home or Workplace

For single professional men who are living alone you can usually find good restaurants near you that specialize in good healthy food. Budget-friendly meals are usually available for purchase at nearly any restaurant, either for their dine-in or take-out.

Many of these businesses are listed on online food delivery services that can deliver your meals directly to your door or even your workplace. Online deliveries make food choices more accessible and less time-consuming. There are many online apps that provide healthy meals without you ever needing to turn on your cooking stove. Some popular choices are Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash.

Final Thoughts on Eating Healthy as a Single Man Without Cooking

Single men who have no passion for cooking and preparing their own food can always enjoy healthy living and good meals in the comfort of their own homes. For single men who live in a limited space need not be bothered about setting up a kitchen; after all, eating can also be better even without cooking.

Being healthy and eating better is possible for single men who either don’t want to cook or do not know how to cook. In the modern world there are plentiful ways to eat healthy, and you can still enjoy the benefits of good food and a healthy diet anywhere and at all times.


Carey Martell is Editor in Chief for The Millennial Gentleman. A thirty something modern man who is politically independent, non-religious but a firm believer in ideals of chivalry and traditional family values. Carey lives his life as a vagabond digital nomad traveling and living life to the fullest while managing his businesses remotely with a laptop and internet hotspot connection.