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Eat Healthy With a Crazy Schedule and Little Time

How do we get it all in, with just 24 hours in a day?  It can be a bit of a challenge to eat healthy with a crazy schedule and little time.  I am here to free your mind and feel your tummy with some easy ways, to get what your body needs, while you are on the go. Actually that is where it all starts, with the mind.  You have to adjust that thinking of, “I don’t have enough time to eat healthy.”  Instead, ask yourself this question, “Where can I incorporate more healthy eating in my schedule?” The first thing that thinking does is opens your mind and body to new possibilities.  Now since we have a mind shift, let’s get started.

Incorporating more healthy foods in our diet takes just a few simple adjustments:

Plan ahead.

It’s all about planning out your day, especially when your schedule is non-stop.  The first thing you want to do is make a grocery list and stock up on healthy ingredients you enjoy, for snacks and meals you can take on the go.   For instance, soups, in a yeti, filled with veggies, and clean broths, are an excellent on the go meal. Soups can provide you with healthy proteins, like chicken and legumes; they also can be rich in fiber and vitamin C and other nutrients. Prepping meals the day before saves so much kitchen time; chop veggies, grill chicken, cook brown rice and grains in advance, to just pull together in the am, for a quick salad or veggie bowl.

Eat Breakfast.

When we do not eat a nutritious breakfast, which includes, healthy proteins, that keeps us full, good carbs and fats, that give us energy we need, we will grab what’s convenient, to fuel us. My “on the go” options for breakfast: Greek yogurt, boiled egg, berries, even instant organic oatmeal cups, just add water and you are set.

Eat Smart.

Sometimes you just do not have the time to pre pack your snacks or lunch for the day, so it’s to just hit a vending machine or pick up a burger that has been sitting on a heat lamp all day, experiencing it’s second death. The truth is there are more and more healthier options out there for the “on the go” lifestyle then you think. Here’s a couple of rules to follow.

Choose take out restaurants that are known for providing whole food options:

My top three “go to” places to eat out:

  1.  Panera Bread
  2.  Chick fil A
  3.  Zoe’s Kitchen

These take out restaurants, provide healthy salads, soups, wrapped sandwich options, which are high in good protein, whole grains and low in fat.

two bowls of granola

Recipe

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Granola

Need a jump-start, try my Quick and Easy Gluten Free Granola, you can find more healthy snacks on my blog page, www.setthetablewithlove.com

Ingredients:

  • ½- cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼- cup sunflower seeds
  • 1-cup gluten free old-fashioned oats, not instant
  • 1-tablespoon virgin-coconut oil
  • 1-tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½- teaspoon of molasses
  • 1-teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼-teaspoon nutmeg
  • A pinch of clove
  • ½-teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, add seeds and oats. Toast for 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the oats are golden and the seeds are fragrant, but not burnt. Add oil, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and salt, mix well to coat the oats. Cook 1 additional minute while string.
  2. Remove from the heat and spread on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Allow granola to cool off completely before adding to an airtight container.