Okay, the holidays are officially upon us! Since most of us are running around shopping and preparing for celebrations, I wanted to share some tips with you for how to eat healthy when you are really busy. Because it makes you feel GREAT to keep eating healthy, right? And we aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great!
Here are some easy tips on what you can eat to stay healthy when you are super busy!
So fast, just pour some coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk into the blender, then throw in your fruits AND some veggies (spinach, cucumber, kale, just to name a few). Add some protein if you like (hemp seed or chia seed, or maybe a scoop of hemp protein powder) and some healthy fats (avocado or the proteins I mentioned before which also have you covered on the healthy-fat front!). For extra flavor, add some vanilla extract or dash of cinnamon.
Chop up a bunch of lettuce – romaine or red leaf – and add some spinach. Pile on some other chopped veggies – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, sliced beets, bell peppers, onions…whatever you like. Add some protein. Choose pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cooked organic chicken breast, kidney beans, sprouts, a hard-boiled egg, or wild salmon or tuna.
Make a quick dressing with stone-ground mustard, extra virgin olive oil, organic apple cider vinegar and a dash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or just a bit of sea salt if you don’t have Bragg’s or can’t find it). Toss it all together and eat. If you chop the veggies in bulk you can make a couple salads at a time (just don’t add the dressing to them) and they usually last a couple days.
Find Healthy Take-out.
This could be from a nearby restaurant (I love my local Thai restaurant and it’s really close and inexpensive) or you could find a place that serves healthy food to go. I like the deli at Whole Foods Market. Just pick up a couple dishes to tide you over the next few days. Many healthy restaurants in the SF Bay Area offer organic and locally-sourced produce, organic chicken, and free-range grass-fed beef and bison. Ordering smaller portions will keep you on track but you can also get a medium or large size meal if you want to have extra leftovers.
No, it’s not quite as cheap as buying and preparing it yourself, but if you are a busy person (OR you just don’t enjoy cooking) and would just spend the money on junky fast food or pizza delivery, then it’s a much better value.
It’s always the small habits that add up. Don’t let yourself fall back into old habits that cause you to not feel so great! I’d love to hear from you, too: what do you like to eat when you are really busy?