You know those people that say “I was so busy I forgot to eat” , ya I’m not one of them. I think about eating A LOT. And I also prep a lot. So I thought it was overdue to share with you some tips for never letting busy get in the way of your nutrition. Afterall, consistent healthy eating is the cornerstone to achieving our wellness goals and we aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great, right?!
Here are just a few of my favourite nutrient packed eats when my schedule is packed:
So fast, just pour some coconut water, nut milk or hemp milk into the blender, then throw in your fruits AND some veggies (spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce, just to name a few). Add some protein if you like (hemp seed or chia seed, or maybe a scoop 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 some vanilla extract or dash of cinnamon.
Chop up a bunch of lettuce – romaine or red leaf – and add some spinach. Pile on some other veggies – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, sliced beets, bell peppers, onions…whatever you like. Add some protein. Choose pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cooked organic chicken breast, black beans, sprouts, a hard-boiled egg, or salmon or tuna. Make a quick dressing with stone-ground mustard, olive oil, a touch of acv and sea salt. Toss it all together and eat. If you chop the veggies in bulk you can make a couple salads at a time, don’t add the dressing to them yet, and they usually last a couple days.
3. Healthy Take-out.
This could be from a nearby restaurant (think Vietnamese, Thai or Japanese) or a chain like Freshii or Noodle Bowl. Look for restaurants that have organic, locally-sourced and/or free-range options and support a variety of food sensitivities with gluten-free and vegan options. Be aware of your portion sizes getting medium or larger sized bowls and meal if you want to have extra leftovers. 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 it’s a much better value.
What are your favourite options for your hectic and busy weeks? Need more ideas for weekly meal prep to help you stay on track? Watch this weeks Facebook Live in the Move Eat Play Community (www.facebook.com/groups/moveeatplay) for my Sunday food prep demo. And remember it’s always the small habits that add up. Don’t let yourself fall back into old habits that cause you to not feel so great!