I’m slaving away at my computer typing away hungry. I need to run errands and then pop over to the gym for a quickie workout. I’m hungry and have nothing to eat. I’ll grab a protein bar or head to the salad bar at the local Wholes Foods. I’m starving at this point and by the time I serve myself I discover there is no salad in my brown to-go container. It’s more of the not-so-healthy options on the salad bar that are going to fill me up.
We’re all very busy now working at our computers, making phone calls and creating and living our fantastic lives. We’re movers and shakers and being on the go is the norm these days.
So when is there time to prepare and have a good old fashioned home cooked meal?
We aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great and being healthy. Right?
Eating healthy helps you lose weight, keep it off and feel radiant. This is what I want for my life and I know you do too, so I wanted to share some of my tips with you for when you are really busy but still want to eat healthy, because eating healthy makes us feel GREAT. Right?!
Eating healthy helps you lose weight, keep it off and feel radiant. That’s what we all want.
We aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great, right?!
Well, I have some tips for ya on what you can eat to stay healthy when you are busy!
This is so fast and easy. Just pour about a cup of coconut water, rice milk hemp milk or water into the blender, then throw in your favorite fruits and some veggies such as spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce, just to name a few. I don’t measure but I estimate two parts fruit to two parts veggies.
Add some protein if you like (hemp seed or chia seed, or maybe a two tablespoons of hemp protein powder) and some healthy fats (avocado, coconut milk, or the proteins I mentioned before which also have you covered on the healthy-fat front!).
For extra flavor, add about a ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract or a dash of cinnamon. Blend all this together until smooth and frothy and enjoy your healthy meal.
Chop up a bunch of lettuce, romaine or red leaf, and add some spinach. Pile on some of your favorite chopped veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, sliced beets, bell peppers, onions…whatever you like.
Add some protein such as pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cooked organic chicken breast, kidney beans, sprouts, a hard-boiled egg, or salmon or tuna.
Make a quick dressing with 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard, ¼ cup olive oil, and a couple sprays of Bragg’s Amino Acids (or just a bit of sea salt if you don’t have Bragg’s or can’t find it). Toss it all together and enjoy.
If you chop the veggies in bulk and store them in glass containers you can make a couple of salads at a time. Don’t add the dressing to them until your ready to eat the them and they usually last a couple days in the fridge.
Know where you can get healthy take-out.
Check out your local restaurants for healthy take-out. I love my local Vietnamese restaurant and it’s really close and inexpensive. You might
find a place like veggie Grill in San Diego, California, which I recently explored and am now in love with. They prepare healthy food to go. They have organic and locally-sourced produce, organic chicken, and free-range grass-fed beef and bison. Their portions will keep you on track but you can also get a medium or large size meal if you want to have some extra leftovers for later
No, it’s not quite as cheap as buying and preparing it yourself, but if you are a busy person (or you just don’t enjoy cooking) and would just spend the money on junky fast food or pizza delivery, then take out is a much healthier choice.
I can’ tell you how many times having a slow cooker or crock pot, as we called it when I was growing up, saved me and was the tool that I used to have a healthy meal ready to eat when I arrived home. It can be a life saver!
The night before, chop up some of your favorite veggies and pre-sauté them (or you can leave them raw). The next morning, add your favorite seasoning to the veggies, such cayenne, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, coriander or black pepper. Put everything in the slow cooker and set the timer on low for 6 hours and let it do the cooking for you babe! Meanwhile, you are free to accomplish all your to-dos and such throughout the day and will have a wonderful, healthy meal waiting for you when you arrive home that evening.
Batch cooking is a great thing to do on a lazy Sunday. Select the recipes that you want to cook, make your shopping list and head to the grocery store and grab all the ingredients. Then cook away. Maybe you would like to make a soup and freeze half of it for next month or make a casserole. I’m from the south and we looove casseroles! Divide the casserole into smaller containers and eat some that week and freeze the rest for another time. Simple and delicious, healthy, home cooked meals just ready for those busy days.
I also take out my Vita Mix and blend up a big batch of green smoothies so they are ready for a quick healthy meal for the next day or so. I make these smoothies by adding fresh fruits, veggies, and protein, then blending until smooth. I store these in the fridge in a plastic or glass container until I am ready to use them.
You can also chop up fresh veggies and store them in glass mason jars or Tupperware so they are ready to throw on a salad for lunch. Some people will argue that chopping veggies before you use them will let them lose some nutrients. This is true, but the lost is minimal and besides, it’s a much healthier option than fast food takeout, which really has no nutrients.
Have you ever heard the saying “Bad habits die hard”? Well, it’s true! It’s always the small, bad habits that add up. I hope that you can use my tips for healthy eating and they will help you reach your goal for a healthy lifestyle. Be consistent and don’t let yourself fall back into old, bad eating habits that cause you to not feel great.
A healthy lifestyle is life supporting. Do you want to love the body you’re living in? I do, and I know you do too! Then you need to feed it great food and great thoughts. Set yourself up to win because the busier you are the healthier YOU need to be.
I’d love to hear from you. What do you like to eat when you are really busy? What healthy meals and recipes do you prepare to support your busy life?