A big to-do list and crazy schedule means not a lot of time to cook. Luckily with a little simple planning, you can easily eat healthy when you’re busy and avoid resorting to take out!
Being completely useless due to the flu last week I now have a lot of catch up to do! A long laundry list of things I need to accomplish does not leave me with much time to cook homemade meals. But, a few quick-fix standbys and strategies keep me away from the drive-through. Heres a full day of quick meals and easy ways to eat healthy even on your busiest of days.
Easy Ways to Eat Healthy When You’re Busy
1) Breakfast – The Freezer is your best friend
Keep your freezer stocked with pre-made heat and go items. I usually keep baked oatmeal bars and crustless spinach quiche in mine. This way in a rush you can pull them out, heat in the microwave and still enjoy a home cooked breakfast on the go.
Sometimes, like this post flu week, even I run out of my freezer stash of homemade goods. For instances like this I also keep a box of Jimmy Dean Delights on hand. Its quick, filling and the macros are good! (290 calories with 15g protein) Frozen packaged food may not be the greatest for sodium and additives but its better than skipping breakfast or grabbing a donut.
2) Snack – Don’t Keep Junk Food In the House
This might seem basic but it’s worth mentioning. I know when I’m running around with my head cut off if there’s a bag of chips in front of me, all bets are off! It’s a hell of a lot easier to eat healthy if you only have healthy things in your house.
3) Lunch- keep things Simple
My favorite kind of meal for a jam-packed day is a “throw everything in a bowl” salad. Obviously, this is not the time for complicated recipes so this is quick and easy. It’s also a great way to clean out the fridge before you go grocery shopping. Basically, you just put lettuce in a bowl and top it with whatever veggies and protein you have kicking around.
Shopping is on my to-do list since I was unable to peel myself off the couch to do any last week. This larger than my head bowl had lettuce, mini bell peppers, grape tomatoes, pickles and deli chicken. I drizzled it with some of the liquid from the pickle jar as an easy and calorie free dressing. Again, is this weird? or genius?
4) Dinner – Cook more than you need
Leftovers are your friend! I always cook more food than I know I can eat. This way I cook once and have dinners for the next few nights. I don’t mind eating the same thing a few days in a row or I can transform the food into something new. I have great examples of that in my Turkey Chili and Irish Beef Stew posts.
Corn Chip-Crusted Fish makes great leftovers today!
5) Keep Easy Healthy Snacks on Hand
Here are some healthy snacks that take no time:
- Apple with nut butter (I’m loving THIS multi-nut butter right now)
- Greek yogurt
- Hummus and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
You can eat healthy when you’re busy! Keep your pantry and freezer stocked with healthy staples and you’ve got a great base to start from. And don’t forget about the best fast food, fruit. Bananas, apples, pears, oranges, etc. Keep a fruit bowl in the kitchen and reach for that when you’re in a rush.
Whats your go-to busy day meal?
Jelly and chicken, weird?
Have you tried using pickle juice as a salad dressing? too odd?
Have you tried those breakfast sandwiches?