Let’s face it, we’re all busy. We’ve got work, family, social obligations, and a million other things vying for our attention on a daily basis. Finding the time to cook a healthy meal or even go grocery shopping can be tough.
But eating healthy is important!
Not only does it give you more energy and make you feel better, but it can also help you avoid diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Fortunately, there are some simple tips you can follow to make sure you’re eating healthy, even when you’re short on time.
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One solution for not having enough time to grocery shop is to plan ahead and meal prep on the weekends. Take inventory of what you currently have in your pantry and plan out your meals for the week, including snacks and lunches.
Write a grocery list based on that plan, and make sure to stock up on staple items that you will use often. By doing meal prep, you can also save money by cooking in bulk and avoiding last-minute takeout or expensive convenience foods.
Cook a big batch of brown rice or quinoa, roast some veggies, and cook up some lean protein like chicken or fish. Then portion everything out into containers and store them in the fridge. That way, when you’re ready to eat during the week, all you have to do is grab a container and reheat your food. You can also meal prep by chopping vegetables and storing them in the fridge so they’ll be ready to throw into a stir-fry or soup later on in the week. Don’t forget to mix in some fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.
It is very important to make sure all your meals are balanced, containing vegetables, proteins, carbs, and healthy fats.
Sure, it may require a bit of extra effort at first, but setting aside some time once a week for groceries and meal prep can go a long way toward maintaining a balanced diet and saving time throughout the week.
Make Time For Breakfast
It’s called breakfast for a reason—because it breaks the fast! When you sleep at night, your body is fasting for several hours. That’s why it’s so important to eat breakfast in the morning. It helps jumpstart your metabolism and gives you energy for the day ahead. If you don’t have time to sit down for a full breakfast, try making a smoothie with Greek yogurt, fruit, and milk, or grab a hard-boiled egg or piece of fruit to eat on the go.
Keep Healthy Snacks Handy
If you find yourself snacking more often than you’d like, try keeping healthier snacks on hand instead of unhealthy ones like chips or candy bars. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain crackers, nuts, seeds, and yogurt are all great options that will help keep you full until your next meal. And if you really need something sweet, reach for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate—it has fewer sugar and calories.
Take Micro-breaks During The Day To Eat
Sometimes during the work day, it’s all too easy to just chow down on whatever is handy and convenient. But taking a few minutes to actually sit down and eat your meal can be beneficial in more ways than one. First of all, it allows you to be mindful of what you’re consuming and can help promote healthy eating habits. Secondly, it gives your mind and body a much-needed break from the constant grind of work tasks. So next time you go to eat at your desk, why not give yourself a mini breather by stepping away for some actual “you” time? Eating isn’t just about nourishment – it should also be a form of self-care. So go ahead, take those micro-breaks and savor every bite. Your body (and taste buds) will thank you.
When it comes to healthy eating, you can’t overlook the importance of hydration. You may be making all the right food choices, but if you’re not getting enough water, your body won’t be able to properly digest and absorb those nutrients. Plus, being dehydrated can cause fatigue, headaches, and constipation. So how much water should you aim for? At least 1.5 – 2 liters per day, making sure to spread out your water intake throughout the day rather than chugging it all at once. Staying hydrated will improve not only your digestive health but also your energy levels and overall well-being. Don’t forget to drink up!
By following these simple tips, you can make sure you’re eating healthy—even when you’re short on time! Just remember to plan ahead when you can, make time for breakfast every morning, and keep healthy snacks and water handy throughout the day.
And last but not least, always remember YOU are important, so take care of yourself by having a healthy lifestyle.
Your usual sound advice, Ribana
Thank you very much Derrick!
This is such a great post, Ribana 🙂 Cooking three healthy meals from scratch every single day seems like a noble aspiration and that’s why I batch cook and freeze.
Thank you very much! Planning your meals and cooking ahead of time allows you to enjoy home cooked meals even when you’re busy 😉
Such timely and good advice Ribana. Especially during the holiday season!
Exactly! Thank you very much Bernadette!
I sometimes buy from meal kits that have healthy options if I dont have time to plan ahead.
When buying the meal kits is also important to check carefully the ingredients to make sure there are no nasties inside 😉
It’s all about planning ahead and good prep. I do as much prep as possible as soon as I get back from the market. Saves time.
Very true! By planning ahead we can always enjoy good and healthy home cooked meals even when we’re busy 😉
Great ideas! I bought some glass jars that are just the right size for freezing a portion of homemade soup. On those days I realize I have nothing prepped for lunch, I can just grab a piece of fruit and a jar of soup. It keeps the rest of my lunch cold, and by lunchtime it’s ready to dump into a mug to heat up. It’s like my emergency back up for when my other prep fails.
That’s great! And how much healthy and delicious it is your soup and fruit instead of having a junk food or skipping the lunch 😉
Sound advice, now if we can just find the right formula for me, l’ll be happy too 🙂
Have you found out in the end what is the problem? Being able to eat only a few limited ingredients is not easy at all 😢
excellent tips that we need to continually remind ourselves of!
Exactly! Thanks for stopping by!
Very practical and beneficial tips dear Riby 😊 you made it look so easy, it’s really necessary nowadays to have the healthiest life possible and it’s not hard at all especially if we follow this post step by step
We are all busy but prioritizing a healthy lifestyle must be a part of our busy schedule
Thank you again for making it look so easy 🤗🤗💕🧸
Thank you dear Koko! Yes, our daily life is pretty hectic and especially for this reason we need to take care of ourselves and have a healthy lifestyle! It may be difficult at the beginning but once you’re on the right track, nobody can stop you 😉 🤗🤗💕🧸
yes sure you are completely right😊 I hope your week was great 🤗💕🧸
Healthy and yummylicious
Your blog is so interesting. I’ll follow your blog
I’m glad you like it! Welcome to my corner of happiness 😉