Today I want to share some tips with you for when you are crazy busy but still want to eat well, because it makes you feel GREAT to keep eating nutritious food, right?!
Many people tell me their work schedule prevents them from making good food choices. Other people tell me they make great choices all day, but lose their momentum at night when they are too tired to cook for themselves. And still some others tell me they just prefer to be waited on at a restaurant (I like being waited on now and then, too).
Here’s the thing… It’s not about being perfect all the time. I just want you to make the best choice in the context of your environment and busy schedule. We aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great, right?!
I have some tips here for what you can eat to stay healthy and energized when you are crazy busy!
So fast! Just pour some coconut water or non-dairy 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 are sources of beneficial fats). 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. Do this on Sunday afternoon and store in the fridge for quick preparation during the week. 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 will do). 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 to get healthy takeout.
This could be from a nearby restaurant. Grocery stores with salad bars or deli counters often have nutritious options. I love my local natural market because it’s really close and inexpensive. Sometimes I’ll pop into Zoe’s Kitchen because 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 soups, salads, beans, and even quinoa. Order a few side items to keep portions on track or get a medium or large size meal if you want to have extra leftovers.
No, getting takeout is not as inexpensive as buying and preparing food 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.
See, it’s always the small habits like these that add up. You don’t have to fall back into old habits that cause you to feel bad. The key is support. What can you do today to support your healthy decisions?
Crazy Busy? Eat This!