I know you’re busy! You probably have a long list of things to do and don’t have the luxury of spending hours in the kitchen every day, preparing healthy dishes from scratch. I totally get it.
But that isn’t an excuse to skip healthy eating altogether or put our health at the bottom of our priorities.
After all, when we slack or fail to stick to our health goals, that’s when we start to see all of the things we don’t want creeping up. You know what I’m talking about…
It’s the sudden unwanted weight gain, the low energy levels and even worse, the health problems that catch up with us when we neglect our health over time.Luckily staying healthy can be achieved easily by following these 6 simple tips:
1. Shop Wisely
Having a shopping list and doing all your food shopping at once rather than doing it bit by bit will save you time and money. Buy your whole grains such as oats, rice and quinoa and beans and legumes like chickpeas, lentils etc. in bulk and store them away.
Stock up on frozen fruits and veggies so you always have healthy produce readily available. I always have frozen fruits like berries, bananas, pineapples, mangos and leafy greens in the freezer ready for when I want to whip up a quick green smoothie.
2.Pack Your Lunch
If you eat your lunch at work or school make it at home and take it with you. Packed lunches tend to be healthier than foods at lunch cafeteria and cafes, as you know exactly what’s in them. No preservatives, sodium, hydrogenated oils, refined sugar and other sneaky ingredients that you find in a lot of pre-packaged lunch meals, which cause havoc to your health. Click here to read about the 5 ‘health’ foods that are making you gain weight.
3. Prepare Ahead & Meal Prep
There’re many ways to do this. You could start by setting aside a bit of time at the beginning of the week and quickly jot down the meals you’re going to have during that week. Cook large portions and put them in the fridge to eat in the next coming days.
Buying pre-packaged salad bags is handy too, so you can easily add greens as a side dish to any meals. This ensures that you’re eating your greens without wasting too much time cutting up and preparing fancy salads every day.
4. Avoid processed foods
When you’re super busy I know it can be very convenient to eat fast food and ready-made meals. These types of foods are everywhere and they are quick to prepare (if they need preparing at all!)
BUT processed foods are highly addictive and very unhealthy.They contain a long list of ingredients. which usually include an excessive amount of refined sugar or sodium, saturated fats, and trans fats along with additives, preservatives, sweeteners and monosodium glutamate (MSG), which all contribute to rapid weight gain, low levels of energy and many health issues.
This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an occasional treat of your favourite burger, chocolate or ice cream… Of course, you can.
As long as you pick the vegan options and make sure 80% of the time you’re eating home-prepared foods, made from whole, plant-based ingredients, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
5.Keep Healthy Snacks At Bay
When hunger strikes we tend to reach for anything in our vicinity to satisfy the hunger pangs, but the problem with this is that most conventional snacks are unhealthy and again, loaded with unhealthy sugars, salt, fat and other processed ingredients.
Keeping healthy snacks at bay, whether that’s at home or in your bag, when you’re out and about is a must to ensure you stick to your health goals. Snacks like berries, nuts, dates, hummus with veggie sticks and even dark chocolate are some of many yummy, healthy snacks to have around.
Snacks such as berries, fruit and nuts mix, dates, healthy snack bars and even hummus with veggie sticks and are some of many yummy, healthy snacks to have around.
6.Drink a Green Smoothie Everyday
Green smoothies are great for busy people on the go. They take minutes to prepare and you can even take them with you when you’re out and about.
Drinking them every day is an easy way to get your recommended “5 A day” servings of fruits and vegetables with less hassle. They energise you and set a good tone for the rest of the day when it comes to choosing other healthy food options.
Make the daily habit of drinking green smoothies easier by replacing them as one of your meals, preferably breakfast. When you do this, make sure your green smoothie has enough calories to count as a meal replacement.
You can learn everything about the green smoothie lifestyle in my Free 7-Day Green Smoothie E-course!
What do you do to stay healthy on the go? share in the comment box.