Life is very busy for everyone these days, so I decided to do a blog on some tips that I use to help make life easier for myself. It really works – give it a try!
Keep it simple. Forget the fad diets with lots of rules, keep your healthy eating routine simple. Eat real food that is mostly plan based with lots of color & variety. Add protein to every meal e.g. lean meat, fish, chicken, tofu & beans. Add complex carbs like brown rice, potatoes & quinoa, and healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds & olive oil. Half of your plate should be fruits & vegetables to aid digestion, fiber intake and contains less calories.
Don’t bring junk into the house. If you’re easily tempted to reach for he crisps, biscuits, sweets & ice cream, keep these snacks OUT of the house. This simple trick makes healthy eating easier. ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’
Make lunch the night before. It can be leftovers from dinner or a box of salad, planning ahead makes it easy to walk out the door with a healthy lunch and helping you to stay on track.
Plan your meals for the week. Making a list of the meals that you are going to make each day, will help to keep you focused as you know what you need in advance. Write your shopping list based on these meals and stick to it.
Carry a water bottle. Drinking water is a vital part of being healthy. Make it a priority to carry a bottle of water with you during the day and refill when necessary.
Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep at night goes a long way to protecting your body. Hormones are regulated and the cells in your body are repairing when we sleep. Research shows that people who get a good nights sleep on a daily basis, tend to make better food choices.
Eat healthy snacks. Keep healthy snacks on you at all times—pile them in your car, fridge, gym bag, desk at work and handbag. Handy healthy snacks include nuts, homemade trail mix (nuts & dried fruit) fruit and nut bars, apples, bananas, other fruit, nut butters, popcorn, raw vegetables, hummus.
Create a shopping list. Plan your meals and build a list. When you shop from a list, unnecessary temptations don’t appear in your trolley (well they are less likely to).
Food shop once a week. When you’re a us person, having to go to the shop on a daily basis is a waste of your precious time. Instead, organize your schedule (as best you can) and plan to go food shopping at the beginning of the week to be more efficient.
Buy FRESH at the farmer’s market. It’s nearly effortless to fill up on fresh local produce and eggs when you gather your food at the farmer’s market. The food you buy at the farmers market, will be fresher, less preservatives and last longer than products bought in a shop.
Prep for meals in advance. Being proactive about meal planning can save a lot of time and stress in the long run. It may sound scary and off putting, but you will be thankful when you find yourself running late and only have a few minutes to eat. Pick a day or a night to prepare some meals that you can simply pop in the over during the week.
Family favorites. Instead of wrecking your brain each week, have a list of healthy recipes that you know your family will eat and enjoy. This makes meal planning easier and saves you time in the long run. Working with recipes that you know off by heart makes cooking less of a hassle and more enjoyable.
Plan for leftovers. If you are preparing a large meal, double the batch. Prepare one to serve and the other to put in the freezer or fridge. This way you have double the food but half the mess! You can also prepare extra chicken or steak to cut up and add to a salad to make for a filling lunch the next day.
Make fresh soup. Soups are a simple way to eat more healthy foods. Opt for homemade, broth-based soups instead of creamy ones. Make a big batch and freeze some of it for another week. Pour single servings into containers to make it easy to grab and go for work lunches. A great way to fuel your body with some good stuff.
Blend your veggies. Add a smoothie or fresh juice to get a few servings of fruits and veggies in your diet. Smoothies make a great breakfast or snack. Make them yourself so that you’re in control of the ingredients. If you’re making it a meal or want a snack that lasts, blend fruits and veg with proteins like Greek yogurt, kefir or milk and healthy fats like cashews, nut butters, avocado or coconut oil.
Stock the pantry. Pantry staples make it easy to whip up a dinner in no time flat. Convenient pantry items include beans, tuna, salmon, chopped tomatoes, passata, nut butters, mixed nuts, dried fruit, whole grains like oats, brown rice and whole-grain pasta.