Your boss asked you to lead the team meeting, which you still aren’t totally prepared for, you have 2 sports practices to be at, volunteered to bring 3 dozen baked cookies to class and have no idea what to make for dinner…sound familiar?
I wanted to share some tips with you for when you are really busy but still want to eat healthy, because eating well brings confidence and you deserve to feel like you own your world. Right?
Don’t let “being busy” stop you from feeling great.
I have some tips for you on what you can eat to stay healthy when you are busy!
So fast, just pour some coconut water, rice 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, kidney beans, sprouts, a hard-boiled egg, or salmon or tuna.
Make a quick dressing with stone-ground mustard, olive oil, and a couple sprays of Bragg’s Amino Acids (or just a bit of sea salt if you don’t have Bragg’s or can’t find it). 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.
Know where you can get healthy take-out.
This could be from a nearby restaurant (I love my local Vietnamese restaurant and it’s really close and inexpensive) or you could find a place like Whole Foods Market, who has a fantastic salad bar and clean, prepared foods. They prepare healthy food to go. I stopped by this morning and picked up a couple dishes to tide me over the next few days. They have organic and locally-sourced produce, organic chicken, and free-range grass-fed beef and bison. Their portions will keep you on track but you can also get a medium or large size 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.
These are my go to’s. My food stay pretty consistent because, over time, I have figured out what works for me. I don’t deviate too much from it, unless I have the occasional special event or date night.
Excuses be gone! Every day you have the choice to stay living your dreams or watching them pass you by. Stay in them, even when you are tempted. That is when you are choosing you and in the end, you will be so glad you did!
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!
I’d love to hear from you, too: what do you like to eat when you are really busy?