I recently wrote a post about clean eating and how I always like to do my best to follow a healthy diet. After writing this, I started thinking about how busy we all are with our hectic lives, and how we often, use being busy as an excuse not to eat healthily.
I’ll admit that when you’re out and about, reaching for the junk food is often easier, and less expensive, than opting for a healthy snack. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. If you are prepared when it comes to eating, following a clean diet is much easier than you would think.
To help make eating healthily easier, even when you are busy, I thought I would share a few pointers with you, here:
Take a snack box out and about with you
Before you leave the house, pop a few snacks in a plastic lunch box. These can be anything, just as long as they are healthy. Fresh fruit, including berries and grapes, often work well as on-the-go snacks, as do nuts and seeds.
By taking healthy snacks with you whenever you go out, you can avoid the temptation of reaching for the junk food. Plus, you’ll also save yourself money as shop bought snacks are so expensive. (If you know you’re going to be in a rush, pack your snacks the night before.)
Have lots of healthy food in the fridge
The number one reason we deviate from eating healthily is because the refrigerator is bare, and the easiest option is to grab a takeaway. To ensure that you stay on track, always aim to keep the fridge stocked up with lots of healthy foods. This should include the ingredients for dinners, as well as snacks.
If you don’t have the time to get to the store, order your weekly food shop online. When you’re busy, ordering your food directly to your home is a fantastic option, as you can ensure that you’ve got everything you need for the week.
Plan your meals in advance
Each Sunday night, sit down and plan out your meals for the week, in advance. If you know that you are going to be busier than normal one day, think about the ways you can ensure you still have a healthy meal to eat.
For those hectic days, consider using a slow cooker to cook dinner. These are fantastic as all you have to do is pop the ingredients in the pot in the morning and turn it on. Then, by the time you get home, your dinner should be cooked to perfection. The best meals for slow cookers are beef casserole, chicken stew, chili con carne, and soup – they’re delicious and healthy.
Another option for those nights when you know you’re going to be tight for time is pre-prepared meals. On an evening when you have lots of time, make up some batches of healthy dishes, portion them up and freeze. Then, when you have no time to cook, all you need to do is reheat one of these meals.
Many of us use the excuse of having no time as the reason that we don’t eat healthily, but that’s not a valid excuse. If you make an effort to plan in advance, you can be busy and still follow a healthy diet.