Everyone is understandably busy in today’s world. This often makes it difficult to take the time to prepare a healthy and nutritious meal. The good news is that people can still make good choices and eat a well-balanced diet even when they are on the go. There are several things that can be done to ensure that burgers and fries do not become dinner every night.
Quick and Nutritious Breakfast
So many people skip breakfast because they simply do not have time to prepare it and then sit down and eat a nutritious breakfast. Don’t worry, however, because there are breakfast options that you can prepare the night before and then eat as you get ready in the morning. One good option is sliced fruit with cubed cheese. You can grab pieces as you get dressed, get the kids ready and prepare for your day. The key to a nutritious breakfast is fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Other good choices that are quick include whole grain toast with low-fat yogurt and instant oatmeal with berries.
Fast and Healthy Lunch
By the time noon rolls around your stomach is probably grumbling and wanting to be fed. You may feel a bit tired too and this is because your body needs to be refueled. To ensure that you have a good, healthy lunch everyday, it is a good idea to take five to 10 minutes before heading to bed at night to prepare your lunch. This will save you time in the morning and will ensure that you have a good lunch to take to work with you. A good traditional option includes a turkey sandwich on whole wheat toast with avocado and veggies, a piece of fruit, a few pretzels and some milk. Another option would be whole wheat pasta with chicken and broccoli. You can add a low-fat Alfredo sauce or a red sauce depending on your taste.
Quick and Well-Balanced Dinner
Dinner can be hard because it will always take some preparation time. One option you can take advantage of if your weekdays are just very busy is to prepare a few meals during the weekend so that they only need to be heated during the week. This can be done with most foods and they will retain flavor and freshness as long as they are stored properly.
You can purchase pre-cooked, grilled chicken strips at grocery stores. These will only have to be heated for a few minutes and are ready to go. They can be added to whole wheat pasta dishes or salads. Using these, you can prepare a good, well-balanced meal in about 15 to 20 minutes depending on what else you are having.
You can always get quick-fix brown rice that takes less than three minutes to cook in the microwave, fresh vegetables that take about five minutes to steam and add these wish a thinner fish that can be broiled in about 15 minutes. This will provide a full meal rather quickly.
A mid-morning snack is a must if you do not eat lunch until later. This will keep you focused and alert. You want some carbohydrates in this snack so something like a handful of wheat crackers and some string cheese is both satisfying and provides the nutrients you need. Other quick options that you can eat as you work include an apple with milk, a banana and some peanut butter or some berries with yogurt.
About the Author: Brandon Travis likes to spend his free time swimming and training for his next triathlon in the spring. When he’s not working out he likes to review sites like iRollOver. Good health starts with good sleep.
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