Keeping a busy schedule where you're often out of the house and have limited time for meal prep may lead to poor eating choices. When you're always arriving home tired and hungry, you'll reach for food that's quick and readily available, which usually means it isn't so healthy for you. Putting a little extra effort into food shopping and preparation will keep you eating healthy even when you're pressed for time.
How To Make The Most Of Grocery Shopping And Meal Prep
One day a week, sit down and write a shopping list for the week ahead. Planning for a full week in a single sitting saves you time and money and reduces the chances of unhealthy food ending up in your cart. Once you've shopped for the week, dedicate a morning or afternoon to prepping for the week ahead. This prep time is perfect for boiling eggs, chopping vegetables, cutting up meats, and making marinades and sauces.
Should I Steer Clear Of Frozen Foods?
There are certain types of frozen foods that are actually quite healthy. When you keep your fridge and pantry stocked, you'll eliminate last-minute grocery store trips. Vegetables, berries, and meats are all great choices for frozen foods. Opt for easy one-bag steamers and frozen chicken and salmon.
Other Foods To Stock In Your Pantry
Even when you've prepped for meals at the beginning of the week, there will still be times when you need a quick snack or meal and don't have time for any sort of cooking. Keep your pantry stocked with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, and load up your fridge with chopped raw veggies and hummus for snacking. If you're in the market for a full meal, opt for a rotisserie chicken and sauteed vegetables or a healthy offering from a grocery store bar, such as a green salad or sushi roll.
Ways To Avoid Fast Food
When you lead a busy life, inevitably you eat a lot of meals and snacks when on the run. Before you head to the office or do errands, eat a bowl of yogurt, cereal, or fresh fruit. Keep your car stocked with bottled water and healthy non-perishable snacks like protein bars. If you do find yourself in a bind, a 2% fat latte is a great pick-me-up that’ll leave you feeling satiated.
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