One of the biggest struggles that most people face today is a hectic schedule, so here are some top tips on how to fuel your body for better health and more energy even when you’re on the go.
We’re so busy these days that it can make eating healthy a real challenge. Quick and convenient foods end up taking the place of healthy, nourishing food when we’re on the go all the time. These less than ideal food choices put us on the hamster wheel of experiencing low energy, weight gain and potential health problems.
But you really don’t have to be a slave to your schedule and resort to fast food or processed foods on a regular basis. It’s totally possible to eat healthy foods, even with a jam-packed schedule, it just requires a little bit of pre-planning. You’ll feel better for it, have more energy and your waistline will thank you too.
When you start fuelling your body with healthier choices, you’ll probably also find that you don’t have that 3 pm slump or need that afternoon caffeine boost.
There are plenty of circumstances that will take you away from home, and this makes it more challenging to eat healthy food. Take the time to plan ahead and you can relax knowing that you won’t be derailing your healthy living efforts by consuming empty calories that only make you hungry again a short time later.
Most of us spend several hours in our cars every week running errands, stuck in traffic or shuttling kids back and forth between various clubs and activities. If we don’t plan ahead, it is easy to fall into the trap of picking up crisps or sweets to fill in the gap or God forbid, heading for the nearest Maccy D’s when you (or your family) are hungry.
Don’t wait until the point that you’re starving to make food choices, as this will almost always lead to bad decisions. Instead, plan ahead, so you don’t have to rely on your willpower alone to keep you on track. Pack easy to carry healthy snacks, and keep them in either your bag or your car. This way you always have healthy choices right at your fingertips.
Just because you’re on the road, doesn’t mean you should take a complete break from your health goals. You can still live a healthy lifestyle on road trips by packing healthy foods to eat in the car. You could even pack a cool bag to keep handy so you have easy access to snacks while on the road. If you’re planning on stopping along the way, pack a nutritious picnic lunch to eat before you head back out on the next leg of your trip.
Airports are the worst for keeping on track with healthy eating. Even though you can’t pack liquids in your hand luggage, there are still plenty of options you can bring. You can pack wrapped whole food snack bars, nuts, seeds or even pieces of fruit in your hand luggage to take on board with you. With a little creative planning, you can keep your nutrition on track, and save yourself a bundle of money you would have otherwise spent on pricey (and often unhealthy) airport food and snacks.
The following foods are all easy to prepare and convenient to take on the go. Feel free to experiment, and find out which snacks best fit your preference and lifestyle. Mix and match options to see what works for you. Be sure to keep any perishable foods in a cool bag with an ice pack.
● Baby carrots and cucumber slices with hummus
● Sliced or whole apples with nut or seed butter
● Clementines or mandarins
● Sliced or whole pears
● Nuts and raisins (you can make your own trail mix)
● Pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds
● Whole Food Snack Bars (such as Naked or Bounce Bars)
● High quality beef jerky
● Cut-up pieces of cold chicken (keep cool with an ice pack)
● Hard boiled eggs
Almost everyone has a smartphone with them these days, and you can download some brilliant apps to keep your food choices healthy when you’re on the go to make healthy living a little easier. “Clean Plates Healthy Restaurants” is a handy little app to keep your nutrition on track when eating out. You can search by tags like meals under clean meats, clean fish, vegetarian, gluten free etc. If you or anyone in your family is gluten intolerant, it may be a challenge to find restaurants that serve gluten-free meals. You can use the app called “Find Me Gluten Free” to help find somewhere suitable to eat close by.
Just because you’ve had a busy day doesn’t mean you have to resort to fast food or processed foods for supper. With a little forethought, you can make sure you and your family have healthy meals ready to go as soon as you walk through the door.
I love using Pinterest, it gives you thousands of healthy meal ideas all for free. Do a quick search and see what recipes you fancy. If you prep everything the night before, or early in the morning, or even dig out the slow-cooker, then you can come home to a ready-made, delicious home-cooked meal that is good to go. When you do have time to cook, try doubling the recipe and set the extra aside to use later in the week on a particularly busy day. It takes very little extra effort to double the recipe, and you will reap the benefits of time savings later in the week.Even with a busy schedule, you can still make sure that you are eating healthy, nutritious meals. By putting in a little bit planning, you can ensure that you and your family enjoy good, healthy foods that nourish and support and keep you healthy whilst you get on with your busy lives!