Tips for Eating Healthy on a Busy Schedule
Learn tips from the meal prep Pros-A Nutritionist & Chef- on how to eat healthy with a busy schedule.
When we’re filling in our social calendars we remember to book travel time, homework time, even meal time. But we don’t often remember to book time to prepare and cook healthy meals. You and your family don’t want to rely on boxed macaroni and cheese and bags of salad forever, and you don’t have to! We’ve got some tips right here to help you balance your social calendar and nutrition, no matter how many soccer practices and dentist appointments you’ve got coming up.
Tip #1: Make a list and shop once. Set aside a few hours one day during which you can plan the week’s meals and grocery list. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Look at your upcoming week and plan make-ahead items for days when everyone is flying every which way. Then head out to do your shopping in one shot so that as the days zoom by you don’t get caught without any key ingredients.
Tip #2: Going back to your schedule, include in it time to prepare meals, especially in advance for extra busy days. What kinds of things can you prepare in advance? You can pre-chop vegetables for anything from stir fries to casseroles and salads. Pre-marinade and cook meat, cut as needed and freeze. There are whole dishes like lasagna that you can make, bake, and freeze in individual portions to make thawing quick and easy with no waste.
Tip #3: Snack smart. Load up on snacks that are easy to grab like grapes, apples, bananas, oranges, raw mixed nuts, yogurt cups, apple sauce, and hardboiled eggs. Buy vegetables you and your family don’t mind eating without dressing or dip, like carrots and cucumber, and store pre-cut in the fridge. Chop up all kinds of veggies and store them in water in the fridge to keep them crisp, particularly carrot and celery sticks. Keep reusable dip containers handy so that you can quickly and conveniently take dip to go without packing the whole container and risk eating more than you need. A small handful of crackers with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with an apple and a tall glass of water can do wonders when you feel your energy dipping.
Tip #4: Cut yourself some slack! It’s okay to eat or get take out once in a while, especially when you’re super busy. If healthy take-out isn’t readily available nearby consider bringing your own sides so that you’ve got some salad or cut veggies to go with the pizza or wings.
Tip #5: Use MVP Meals meal plans! We have meal plans with multiple nutrition goals in mind. We’ve got meals for a balanced diet, to assist with weight loss, and for those who follow a paleo and vegetarian diets. Let MVP Meals take the stress out of your busy schedule. We deliver healthy precooked meals in either family or individual portions right to your doorstep, all you have to do is pop them in the oven to reheat.