"If you don't have time for your health, soon you'll have to make time for illness."
We live in a busy world and it can feel like healthy eating simply can't get a look in because of everything else that has to get done. So, without wasting any time, here are five simple ideas to help you stay on track with your food as much as possible, even when life gets hectic...
1. Plan Ahead & Prep What You Need
Weekly/daily food planning is a great tool to help busy people stay on track. This way crazy days can be planned for, meaning you're more likely to eat well as opposed to running out of time and grabbing what's convenient (but perhaps less nutritious). Tupperware is your friend.
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2. Make More Than You Need
When you do have the time to cook a healthy meal, take full advantage of it. Make more than you need (it shouldn't take much longer) and then portion it up and whack it in the freezer to get out and reheat quickly when cooking just isn't an option.
Or leave a couple of portions in the fridge for packed lunches later in the week. Planning helps with this too.
3. Cook From Frozen
Following on from tip two, don't forget to use your freezer. Have a few pre-made meals in there, along with other foods which can be super quick to get sorted and on the table.
Pre-chopped frozen veg and fish that can be cooked from frozen is great when you realise there's nothing easy to rustle up in the fridge (because sometimes even the best food-plans go to pot...). Easy peasy.
4. Get A Go-To List
Having a go-to list of quick, easy & nutritious breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks is great to fall back on when your week gets a bit manic. Having the list to hand means you have one less thing to think about, which is always a relief!
For plenty of ideas, check out Quick & Easy Meal Ideas and Tips To Prevent Last Minute Panic
5. Use Recipes Which Cook Themselves
Because if the food is cooking away, you can use the free time to get other important stuff done. Think oven-cooked meals, one-tray bakes & slow-cooker loveliness. Genius.
Here's 77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes to get you started, thanks to Greatist. Which is an amazing website for healthy recipes, if you've not discovered it yet then you're missing out.
6. Be Clever When Eating Out
If time isn't on your side, eating out can be convenient and it needn't mean unhealthy. Choose wisely and you're usually able to get a nutritious balanced meal most places.
There you have it. 6 Time saving tips for food. Missed last weeks post? See it here:
5 Time Saving Tips To Help Cram Exercise Into Your Busy Week.
If you have any tips I've missed off, let me know- I love hearing about what works for others and adding it to my list of useful tricks.
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