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Too Much On Your Plate? 9 Healthy Eating Hacks For Busy People

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Nutrition

In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining a healthy diet often takes a back seat to our busy lives. However, with a few smart strategies and some mindful choices, you can prioritize your nutrition even when time is in short supply. Here are some healthy eating hacks for busy people that will help you stay on track with your health goals.

  1. Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time

The key to healthy eating when you’re busy is planning. Dedicate some time each week to create a meal plan. Knowing what you’ll eat for each meal can help you make healthier choices and avoid the temptation of takeout when hunger strikes.

  1. Embrace Batch Cooking

Batch cooking can be a lifesaver for busy individuals. Set aside sometime on the weekend to prepare large batches of your favourite healthy meals. Portion them into containers and freeze or refrigerate them for quick and nutritious meals throughout the week. Try our Peanut Butter Overnight Weetbix (https://livelifegetactive.com/video/peanut-butter-overnight-weetbix/) is a great pre-made breakfast option. 

  1. Stock Your Pantry with Healthy Staples

Having a well-stocked pantry can make meal preparation a breeze. Keep whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, canned beans, canned tomatoes, and a variety of spices and herbs on hand. These staples can be used to create a wide range of healthy and satisfying dishes.

 

  1. Make Use of Your Slow Cooker 

Slow cookers are fantastic tools for busy people and they’re not just for winter! You can set them up in the morning and come home to a hot, home-cooked meal. Throw in some lean protein, vegetables, and your favourite seasonings, and let it do the work for you. They don’t necessarily have to be for warming stews, but use it to slow cook some meat that you can have along side a fresh Spring salad like our Crunchy Rainbow Slaw.

  1. Choose Nutrient-Dense Snacks

Healthy snacking is crucial when you’re on the go. Instead of reaching for chips or lollies, keep nutrient-dense snacks like nuts, small yoghurt tubs, nut bars, fruit, or vegetable sticks with hommus on hand. These options provide sustained energy and keep you feeling full for longer between main meals. 

  1. Portion Control is Key

Even when you’re in a hurry, paying attention to portion sizes is essential. Use smaller plates and bowls to help control portions and avoid overeating without having to intentionally think about it. This simple trick can help you maintain a healthy weight over time.

  1. Partner with Friends for Accountability

One effective way to maintain a healthy eating routine, especially for busy mums, is to partner with friends who share similar goals. Partnering with friends can be a game-changer for these superwomen. Parenting can be isolating at times but partnering with a friend for healthy eating creates a support system. You can encourage each other, share your challenges, and celebrate your successes together. Especially going for a walk with a friend pushing the heavy pram is one way to you both feeling fit! 

  1. Choose Wisely When Dining Out

Eating out is inevitable for many busy individuals. When you do, make healthier choices by opting for salads, grilled proteins, and dishes with plenty of vegetables. Avoid heavy, fried, or sauce-laden options whenever possible.

  1. Don’t Skip Meals

Skipping meals may seem like a time-saving strategy, but it often leads to overeating later in the day. Try to eat regular, balanced meals to keep your energy levels stable and prevent excessive snacking.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be sacrificed with a busy lifestyle. By implementing these practical hacks, you can make nutritious choices even when time is tight. Remember that small changes can add up to significant improvements in your health and well-being. It’s about becoming 1% better every day to boost your energy and productivity, so you’re able to tackle your busy schedule with ease.

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