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Simple Tricks to Eating Healthy While on a Busy Schedule

The Spread

December 05, 2022

We've all heard that eating well is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy and active. But if you're like us, it can be hard to remember to eat well when you're busy with work or school. Fortunately, plenty of tricks will make eating right easier – and often less expensive! Here are some of my favorite tips for ensuring your meals are nutritious and delicious.

 

Plan ahead

Planning is the best way to ensure you stay on track with your healthy eating goals. If you plan your meals and create grocery lists, you can be intentional and have the proper information about the foods you will be consuming. It is easier for you to avoid temptation and save money by buying only the necessary foods for those meals.

Going out to eat is definitely a culprit for unplanned and unhealthy eating. When we go out for lunch or dinner, there are so many things we can't control about our food: what kind of oil they use in their cooking; what spices they put in the food; how fresh the ingredients are; etc. In addition, eating at restaurants usually costs more than home-cooked meals.

 

Use a slow cooker

A slow cooker is another great tool for busy people. It keeps your food warm for hours (or more) after it's done cooking, which means you can make a meal in the morning and have it ready when you get home from work. That's a huge time saver!

food in packaged containers 

Preparing food in advance can be the key to eating healthily. Alt tag: food in glass containers

Slow cookers are also great for cooking meats because they don't require much attention while they're doing their thing. You can set them up before leaving for work and forget about them until it's time to eat – perfect if you have other things on your mind.

 

Cook in bulk

Cooking in bulk is a great way to save time, money, and energy. It also helps you eat a healthier diet by providing meals throughout the week that are more balanced. Bulk buying is also great for people who are on a tight budget. You can buy large quantities of items such as rice, pasta, and canned goods and store them in your pantry until they’re used up.

The following are some of the key benefits of bulk buying:

  • You can save money
  • It will save you time and effort
  • It’s environmentally friendly because it reduces food packaging waste

 

Make use of your freezer

One of the best ways to save time, money, and space is to freeze your food. It's almost effortless to do. Just wrap whatever you're planning on eating in plastic or aluminum foil, then leave it on the counter for about 30 minutes (to allow it to get a slight room temperature), then stick it in the freezer! You can keep frozen foods for up to 12 months if sealed adequately with airtight containers or bags and stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

a woman enjoying a meal at the restaurant 

Eating at home is a healthier option, but it's also cheaper than eating out. 

You might not know this, but you can freeze more than just vegetables! Cooked meats like chicken breast, turkey breasts, and salmon fillets are great options that can be cooked directly from frozen without losing any flavor or nutrients (some people even say they taste better). Some other great options include:

  • whole grains like quinoa
  • homemade soups
  • cooked rice
  • hard cheeses such as parmesan cheese sticks
  • nuts like almonds and peanuts 
  • veggies that have been chopped into bite-sized pieces (such as cauliflower florets)

 

Eating less processed food is a great way to ensure a healthier diet

Eating healthy can be a challenge for people on a busy schedule, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you look at the ingredients in your food and avoid processed foods, it can be much easier than you think.

Processed foods often contain additives that aren't good for your body and can lead to weight gain or other health problems if eaten regularly. They are usually higher in calories because they contain more added sugar and fat than unprocessed foods. Processed items also cost more per serving than unprocessed items because they're made with cheaper ingredients (like sugar). Also, they don't last as long after being opened or cooked as unprocessed items do. 

It’s a known fact that avoiding sugary foods is the first challenge to overcome for people battling addiction. For example, the reason recovering alcoholics crave sugar is because it’s addictive, so consuming it messes with their hormones. In other words, avoiding sugar is more than just losing weight and looking good. A healthy snack can balance your energy levels throughout the day and help you concentrate better.

 different foods on the table.

Instead of sugary and processed foods, opt for a healthy snack.

Finally, many processed foods simply don't taste very good compared with unprocessed versions. They may have less flavor overall or simply not taste fresh enough due to the time between packaging them up until serving them up again at home.

 

Eat healthy snacks

We’ve all heard the importance of avoiding sugary foods and unhealthy snacks. However, snacking can be good for your health, especially if you choose your foods wisely. If you are going through a rough patch in your life, some types of food can help you boost energy and brighten up your mood.

Now that you have a few easy tips in your back pocket, here are some specific ideas to help you make healthier choices:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They're also quick and easy to grab on the go – whether it's a fruit smoothie made in the office kitchen or an apple from home. 
  • Drink a lot of water. Drinking water will help keep your hunger at bay between meals without adding any calories or sugar that can lead to weight gain over time. Try drinking about two cups before every meal or snack. This way, you won’t be tempted to eat something else besides what's on your plate just because of thirstiness.

 

Conclusion

We hope you’ve found these tips useful! Eating well is a lifestyle that can be integrated into anyone’s schedule, no matter how busy they are. The best part is that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite foods. It just means making smart choices and planning.