09 Oct 5 Healthy Eating Tips for Busy People
It is becoming apparent that more and more of us are leading busier lives and letting our health take the back seat while we rush from one item on our to-do list to the next. I totally get it! I still work full time as a Primary School Teacher so know the demands our jobs can have on us both mentally and physically. With so much to fit into our lives, it is easy to settle for food that is quick, cheap and easy rather than fuelling our bodies with what it really needs to get us through our jam packed days.
Here are my 5 tops tips for healthy eating when you are in a rush:
1. Snack on Veggies & Hummus
This takes literally minutes to prepare and tastes delicious. You can cut up enough veggies such as carrots, celery and peppers to last the week (cucumber might need to be done fresh every couple of days) and then portion them out into bags or tupperware boxes. Then choose your favourite hummus flavour from your local supermarket and you’re good to go. One normal size pot of hummus will last you all week.
2. Bulk Make & Freeze
When you are making a meal, why not make twice as much so that you can save some for lunch the next day or for dinner another night? If you know you have a busy week coming up, by doing this every night and then freezing each meal, you will have enough meals for that busy week.
3. Smoothie Saviour
Need a quick breakfast on the go? Smoothies are the perfect solution! You can fill a blender full of fresh or frozen fruit, some extra health ingredients you may have in the cupboard such as chia seeds of flaxseed, and some non-dairy milk and you have a complete breakfast! Most of the blenders now contain lids so all you need to do is replace the blade with a screw lid and you are good to go!
My Favourite smoothie recipe:
Place into a blender:
- 1 banana
- A handful of frozen berries
- A handful of Spinach
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (purchased from Aldi)
- 1/2 tbsp Green Superblend Powder (purchased from Aldi)
- 1/2 tbsp Spirulina powder (purchased from Aldi)
- 1 scoop Vegan Blend Strawberry Protein (not essential)
- 1 cup almond milk
- Add water to cover ingredients
If you don’t have any of the ingredients listed above then don’t worry, add in some of the fruits and veggies you have in your cupboards and fridge instead.
4. Salad Bowls
One evening, empty the contents of your fridge of all the fresh veggies you have and make a giant salad to take portions from throughout the week. You could use this to fill a pitta bread with hummus or vegan cheese, bulk cook some quinoa and tinned chickpeas and add it to your salad or put into a wrap. Having a large bowl of salad in the fridge saves you time preparing it each night and ensures that you always have some healthy greens to go with your meals.
My favourite simple salad ingredients include:
- Romaine lettuce
- Red cabbage
- Grated carrot
- Spring onion
- Sunflower seeds
- Bell pepper
- Cherry tomatos
- Avocado (usually added to my recipe each day)
Again, if you don’t have these ingredients you can totally mix and match with what you do have. If you go for produce that is in season it will be a lot cheaper as well.
5. Plan ahead
I know this sounds like a contradictory one for someone who is busy but it really does make a difference.
Write out a plan at the beginning of the week of what you intend to eat for that week then you won’t need to spend time flapping and struggling to think of something each morning, adding to your stress. By having a meal plan you can quickly look and grab what you need to get without the temptation of just giving up and opting for a unhealthy store bought option.
You can also plan ahead by spend an hour one evening or at the weekend preparing meals and snacks for the week. By bulk making recipes and cutting up vegetables, you can grab and go when you are pressed for time.
By putting in a little effort during your down time can make big rewards to your busy times. Not only will you not have to think or stress about it each day, but you will also save yourself more time in the long run.
We should be spending more time thinking about our health because what we put into our body, we get out again. If we fill our bodies with healthy, nutritious food we will have more energy and will feel better, it we opt for quick unhealthy meals, we will feel sluggish and tired.
Let me know if you try out any of the tips above and if you have any tips for healthy eating when you are busy.