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How To Eat Right: 15 Tips for Healthy Eating When You’re Short On Time
1. When you eat out, have go-to places that offer healthy options.
- Chic-Fil-A and Wendy’s have healthy salad and wrap options available.
- Diabetes.org has an excellent resource page with tips for ordering when you’re eating out
2. Go to the grocery store during off hours.
- Fewer shoppers = shorter lines + isle traffic jams!
3. Make protein sources easily available to grab and go.
- Pre-cook large portions of protein (such as chicken)… and store in your refrigerator to use for salads/ wraps later
- Purchase organic pre-cooked or grilled meats
- Make a large batch of almond butter to add to your smoothies or sandwiches
4. Make seasonings in advance (in bulk).
- Try this amazing Fajita Seasoning Recipe – make it in bulk and you have ready-to-go seasoning which is great for fajitas or for chicken on it’s own as an entree.
5. Stock your freezer with frozen fruits + veggies.
- Perfect for smoothies (strawberries, spinach, blueberries, etc.)
- Great for a side steamed veggie dish.
6. Add ingredients to soups or salad mixes.
- Ex. Purchase a salad kit or healthy soup can from your local grocery store and add chicken (see tip #3).
- Be sure to check the label of your soup can to make sure it’s a healthy eating choice! See this healthy grocery shopping list.
7. Make Crock Pot Meals.
- Add ingredients to your crock pot in the morning… and dinner is ready for you in the evening.
- Try this crockpot easy chicken taco recipe.
8. Spend a day making frozen meals for the week.
- Prepare ahead of time and re-heat later. Perfect for soups or chilis.
- Try this easy chicken soup recipe from Oh My Dish
- Try this carrot soup recipe from Oh My Dish
- Try this crockpot freezer meal chili from Real Food Real Deals
- Try this red lentil sweet potato soup from Green Healthy Cooking
- Try this minestrone soup from A Well Fed Life
9. Double or triple the meals you prepare to last for three meals.
10. Purchase pre-chopped veggies or chop veggies in bulk and freeze them for later use.
- Whole Foods has an excellent assortment of pre-chopped vegetables available, but it’s always more affordable if you choose to chop them yourself.
11. Pick a day during the week to meal plan.
- Sample Dinner Meal Plan:
- Sunday: Crockpot Chicken Tacos (make this in bulk and eat it again on Wednesday).
- Monday: Add chicken to your favorite bag salad from your local grocery store (Tip: but two bags and eat this for lunch on Tuesday).
- Tuesday: Grill some salmon (takes 10 minutes or less) and steam some veggies from the stash in your freezer. Perhaps cook a whole grain pasta for the kids and top it with butter.
- Wednesday: See Sunday
- Thursday: Is it Friday yet? Need a break? Eat out at your favorite place that has healthy options available (see tip #1).
- Friday: Date night? Let’s switch it up an make breakfast for dinner – eggs, healthy sausage & a side of veggies.
- Saturday: Fajita night! Grill some chicken seasoned with your pre-made fajita seasoning – cook some of your pre-chopped veggies (see tip #10) and you are ready to go!
12. Stock up on healthy items to use for cooking as well as grab and go healthy snacks. —>
- See this healthy grocery shopping list.
13. Pre-make healthy snacks in bulk.
- Try these homemade Lara bars
14. Remove any unhealthy items from your pantry and fridge so you won’t be tempted.
- When you’re in a hurry you will grab what you see!
15. Use your Vitamix, Blentec or blender to replace a meal with a smoothie.
- Yields easy clean up + perfect for breakfast
- Try some of these easy healthy smoothies
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