The other day I met someone who really wanted to start eating healthy, but there was something he said was standing in his way – his busy schedule. Here is how I helped him out.
Eating Healthy On The Go
He didn’t have time to eat breakfast, and he only had time for 2 meals a day. I talked to him for a while and gave him some tips on how he can work around his schedule and still make time to eat healthy foods. He was surprised how easy it was, and I was surprised how he didn’t’ know that before.
I didn’t realize there are a lot of people who just don’t’ know how to eat healthy with their busy schedules, this is what inspired me to write about it. These things are very simple to do and, believe me, even if you are the busiest person on this planet you can still follow this plan.
Make homemade oatmeal packs. Sometimes when you don’t have a chance to have breakfast, homemade oatmeal packs are perfect quick breakfast you can grab on the go. You can make up to 10 and stock up on them in your refrigerator. ( Always use regular old-fashioned oats, NOT instant oatmeal ). Just heat up some water with a little unsweetened almond milk, place your oatmeal pack in a to go cup, pour the hot water over it and, cover and let it stand while you’re getting ready.
Simply combine the following in plastic baggies:
- A cup of old-fashioned oats
- Organic raisins
- A scoop of protein powder
You can also get more creative and add dried apricots or any other kind of dried fruit ( make sure you buy the one without any sugar added ).
Lunch & Snacks
When going grocery shopping buy the following foods; these are things you will take with you for lunch as well as use for snacks:
- Whole Chicken
I’ve never told this to anyone, but I eat a whole chicken every day ( yes, by myself ). It is very easy to bake it, it’s a great source of protein and very inexpensive.
I always buy in bulk and make one before I go to bed, so I have a whole fresh chicken ready for me the next day.
- Organic Eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein and it is also very easy to prepare them. I boil 12 or more at a time and keep them in my refrigerator. They are always ready when I am.
- Fresh Cut Lunch Meat
Don’t buy pre packaged lunch meat, fresh-cut lunch meat is much better choice, because it has non or less preservatives. It is perfect when you are on the go.
- Whey Isolate Protein Shake
You can buy any brand that doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, just as long as it’s whey isolate protein shake. I love to make these for breakfast and I also add 2 whole eggs to it, this way you get some whole food in your shake as well. Whey Isolate is digested very easily by the body and is considered a better protein source then red meat.
If you don’t like the taste of spinach and you hate vegetables all together, no worries here. You won’t even notice spinach when you add it to your protein shake and throw a banana in there.
This is a great way to get your daily vegetables without cooking them. Cooking kills all the nutrients in your veggies, so eat your spinach raw. You seriously have nothing to lose, you won’t taste the spinach in your shake but you will get all the nutrients of it.
You’ve probably heard this before, but almonds do have the most protein out of all the nuts. If you don’t like almonds, next up on your list can be walnuts. Nuts have healthy fats and they will give you that full feeling.
Buy them in bulk, they are a great source of carbohydrates on the go.
- Dried Apricots
Dried Apricots are low-glycemic and if you get the right kind they wont’ even contain any preservatives. This is also another great snack when you are running late.
I always buy apples because as they are delicious and the I also agree with the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor away “. I actually have 3 or 4 apples a day to keep that doctor away even further ;).
Prepare your meals on your day off. I totally understand that on the day you are off, you might not want to be slaving by the stove playing Martha Stewart, so pick foods that are quick and easy to make. Place them in containers and freeze them. Before going to work, take the containers out of the freezer to unfreeze. Whey you get back home, it’s already waiting for you – just throw it onto the heating pan and you are good to go.
It’s All in The Planning
As you can see it is possible to eat healthy on a busy schedule, you just have to make time for your self and put a little thought in to it. When we eat healthy we actually have more energy to get more work done and even your boss might start wondering, what is your secret to all this new energy you suddenly developed.