Life is busy these days. Whether or not you have kids to take care of, you at least have a career and a life and those things can keep some people busy for days. Plus, so many people are taking work home with them that they have less time to make a healthy meal.
You don’t have to settle for a diet of fattening, salty, unhealthy fast food though. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that you are eating healthy every day, and even getting the vitamins and nutrients that you need. Some of it requires some planning ahead, but not all of it. So, if you are ready to eat better even when you are busy, keep reading.
Prepare Meals Ahead Of Time
A quick search online can easily find you hundreds of ways to prep meals ahead of time. During the winter you can bag soup ingredients together and freeze them so that you can simply toss the contents into your crockpot and go. Dinner will be waiting for you when you get home.
You can do this same thing with smoothies, which make great quick meals or snacks. Dice up your fruits and veggies and freeze them together in bags, just enough for your smoothie. Freeze some yogurt in ice cube trays, and simply mix all together with some water or almond milk in your blender when you’re ready to eat.
Take Some Quick Snacks With You
When you are in your car, or at the office, it can help to have some quick snacks that don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator. It’s best to have a nice variety, but you want to make sure you have some with protein to help give you the energy to get through the day.
Some good ideas include dried fruits and nuts, granola bars or bags of granola, packets of tuna and some rice crackers, or even some air-popped popcorn. These can all help tide you over until you have time for your next meal.
Try Meal Replacements
If you simply have no time and need more than just a snack, consider trying a meal replacement drink or bar. These quick meals contain all of the vitamins and nutrients of a complete meal in something that is quick and easy to carry with you.
Don’t confuse these drink options with your smoothies, they are far much more than simply a way to get your fruits and vegetables.
Always Opt For The Salad
If you do have time to eat, but only time for drive-thrus or some takeout, always pick a salad. While salads, just like all restaurant food, come in far bigger portions than people need, they are at least one of the healthiest options. If you can get a half salad or a side salad those are the better choices.
Don’t get salads that contain a lot of heavy meats, pick chicken rather than beef. Skip the croutons and opt for a light dressing.