We hear you. You’re BUSY! And unfortunately, having no time is one of the most common reasons why a person’s healthy diet falls by the wayside. We all know there are many benefits to a healthy diet: you have more energy (to get more stuff done!), you feel better (so you can do a great job at what’s keeping you busy), you’ll sleep better (and who can get anything done without sleep?) and most importantly you’ll see long-term health benefits (meaning a longer, healthier life, yay!). So to help you keep on the right track, we’ve put together our top tips for eating healthy when you have no time. Enjoy!
Number 1: Prep, Prep, Prep!
Okay, so carving out time for meal prep is not always easy but it will save you so much time in the long run. Plan out what you will eat for the week and make meal prep a priority for you and your family on a Sunday afternoon or evening. Involve the kids if you can and use this as a time to bond and teach them about healthy eating. Try preparing a chilli or stew that can be reheated for easy weekday lunches or dinners. Cook up a pot of quinoa or beans (or both!) and store in the fridge (or freezer in individual portions) - these can be quickly thrown in with some salad for a healthy dinner in minutes. Batch cooking meals you can freeze and eat at a later date is also a great option - soup is perfect for this. Having healthy pre-prepared food on hand is the most convenient way to avoid reaching for fast food when you’re strapped for time.
Number 2: Double You Dinner Recipes
Another easy way to make sure you have a healthy lunch is to cook up more dinner than you need and then enjoy the leftovers the next day. Healthy casseroles, pasta dishes, shepherd's pie, stir-fries and curries are all great two in one dishes you can make up in big batches and have plenty of healthy leftovers for lunch. Just be wary of reheating certain foods which can make you ill - check out these guidelines for safely reheating rice or poultry.
Number 3: Keep Snacks on Hand
Though you might have great intentions about not eating between meals, denying yourself food when you feel hungry is a sure fire way to guarantee that you’ll give into temptation when you’re on the move and starving. Having a supply of snacks that you can carry in your purse is a will help you ward off avoid junk food and also gives you access to a convenient nutritional boost if your busy schedule means you’ve had to skip lunch (again!). Jeca Energy Bars and Cookies come in conveniently individually packaged portions; meaning they’re a great snack to keep you energized on the go.
Number 4: Keep it Simple
When you have no time, make life easy on yourself by choosing simple, easy to make recipes with fewer ingredients. It’s great to mix things up and try new things...but when you’re under time constraints, simple, limited-ingredient recipes definitely make life a whole lot easier. Who’s got time (or inclination) to run to a speciality store to find black garlic or ostrich eggs anyways?? Check out this Five Ingredient Cookbook from Cooking Light for some great ideas!