In today’s day and age, one thing is for sure–we are all overworked and overextended. Whether you’re spending two hours commuting to the office or work via satellite, which means you never really shut down, it is hard to make time for ourselves and our families. So when we do have free time, the last thing we want to do is plan a meal schedule for the week, create a grocery list and do the food shopping. Oh wait, we have to actually cook the food too?
Here are some tips to eating healthier when time is not on your side:
Invest in a Crockpot
While some of these meals do require prepping, you can easily make a meal for the whole family and have it waiting for you by the time you get home at the end of the day. Meats, vegetables and different kinds of stews and soups are the best type of food to use your crockpot for but the options are endless.
Consider an Air Fryer
This is something I may bite the bullet on sooner rather than later. With such a wide array of foods that you can instantly “healthify”, this sounds like a great purchase. It is also an investment that will cut your cooking time in half and also cut a lot of fat from your favorite foods.
Schedule an Appointment with Yourself
If you are constantly busy there is a good chance you rely on your calendar. There is nothing wrong with blocking out an hour or two of your time to do some meal prep. If you can get this done over the weekend, it is less likely to infringe on your busy workday or time you would rather spend with family or friends.
Consider a Meal Delivery Service
What was once considered a luxury, has now gone mainstream. With more of these services popping up all around the prices have gone down too. You get what you pay for and a lot of these services offer organic and gluten-free options, and cater to other dietary restrictions.
Rethink Dining Out
Many of us look at eating at a restaurant as a treat. And while that is the way it should be, for both financial reasons and our waistline, if we rethink our choices we can make this a more manageable indulgence. Many restaurants offer appetizers and side dishes of protein that can easily be an inexpensive meal, with a small salad or vegetable. This will also help you save money.
Make a Plan
All busy people operate best with the schedule and a list of things to do. Why not prioritize yourself and your health and take a little extra time to plan out your week so that you can ensure you make the best choices–not only for your busy schedules but for your health, too.
Do you have any tips on how to eat healthy when life keeps getting in the way? Please share and comment below.
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