If you’re anything like me, your life is very busy these days.
With the needs of your family to manage and a job, your schedule is probably jam-packed. The same applies if you’re working from home, as while you will have some flexibility, you might still have deadlines to meet before your day’s work is done.
Consequently, you might eat less healthily than you want to. Takeaway foods and microwave meals might be on the menu if you don’t have time to cook something more nutritious. Trust me, I get it!
With this in mind then, let’s put you on the path to healthier eating, despite your busy schedule. Here are some ideas to help us both! Read on for tips on how to eat healthier when you’re super busy.
#1: Prepare something for your slow cooker
If you haven’t invested in a slow cooker yet, you really should consider the option if you’re a busy person. You can add the ingredients for a healthy meal before your day properly begins. You can then leave your food to cook throughout the day at a low temperature and it will be ready for you when you arrive home. The food will smell great too so your home will be blessed with a great aroma when you finally step through your front door. Soups, stews, and casseroles are just a few of the foods that can be cooked in a slow cooker. Here’s an easy-to-make meaty cowboy beans recipe to get you started.
#2: Choose a healthy takeaway
If you can’t find the energy to cook after your busy day, it’s important to know that you don’t have to choose an unhealthy takeout option. Adding a lettuce leaf to your burger order won’t take away the fact that the burger might be less than healthy to eat, no matter how delicious it is. So, when browsing your local takeout options, always go for the healthier options. Or choose a fast food restaurant that specializes in healthy foods. Check out the healthy food restaurants highlighted at Grubhub, for example, and make them your regular go-to places for eating.
#3: Make a healthy packed lunch
If you tend to grab something unhealthy during your lunch breaks, perhaps because you need something fast and convenient to eat, it makes more sense to make your own packed lunches instead. This way, you will have greater control of your ingredients, and you will save yourself a lot of money in the process. Pack your own snacks too, opting for pieces of fruit, nuts, and protein bars, as this will ensure you don’t opt for chocolate and cakes when you need a quick snack during the day.
#4: Pre-cook meals when you do have time
There will be times in your schedule when you are super-busy, but hopefully, there will also be times when you don’t have to rush around. It might be at the weekend if you don’t have work, or it could be early in the morning before you are thrust headlong into your busy day. During these times, pre-cook your meals for the week and freeze them. This way, you will have ready homemade meals to eat, without the need for any unhealthy alternatives.
Healthy eating is especially important when you’re busy. You will soon start to lose energy if you don’t eat healthily, so try some of these suggestions. It will benefit your health if you eat better and you will be more productive throughout the day too. It might also be that you get through your schedule faster if you have more energy, and that will give you more time to cook a nice healthy meal in the evening!