It may seem impossible at times to maintain a certain level of health and sanity while juggling so many responsibilities. While it is best to take time every day to cook and eat slowly, to rest and relax, sometimes this seems impossible to do. Here are some tips to make eating healthy a priority throughout your hectic day.
Start the Night Before
Think ahead and plan your meals for the upcoming days. Soak grains and beans to start the cooking process and have your recipes accessible. I find it easy to cook my rice or quinoa the night before and then refrigerate it to be used for the next couple of days. You can even soak your oats in the evening for quick breakfast porridge the next day.
Stick to Veggies, Fruit, and Nuts
Cut your carrots and celery beforehand and store them in individual servings in reusable containers. Pack in more protein by portioning nut butters in reusable containers to grab and go. Sliced apples taste great with almond butter! Trail mixes, nuts, and dried fruit can also be portioned into individual servings for easy and healthy snacking. Be sure to keep a container of field greens in the fridge for a quick salad that can be taken to school or work. Add nuts and dried fruit, oil and vinegar.
Learn the Art of Soup Making
Mastering and loving the art of soup creation can warm your body and soul and provide you with many future meals that can easily be heated. Try making one soup during the weekend and store it in containers in the fridge and freezer. Soup can easily be reheated and stored in a thermos to accompany you to the office. Be sure to garnish with fresh parsley, a squeeze of lemon or toasted nuts to make it new again.
Implement the Green Smoothie
This daily habit is like insurance against sickness! Find some greens or lettuce, fruit juice mixed with water, spirulina, nut butter, or any other fruits or veggies. Whip it up in a blender and chug. You may even find that this practice will replace the coffee habit.
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Reheat the Smart Way
Give the microwave a rest and use other means of heating food. Microwaves disrupt the chemical makeup of food and can leave your lunch lacking nutrients. Try a steamer basket for things like rice or cut veggies. A warm pan with a little water or oil can easily heat food as well. There are many new thermoses on the market for keeping food hot until lunch break.
Keep Spices Well Stocked
Here is a simple trick to bypass the soup stock making process and add flavor fast to sauces or gravies- create season blends that can be stored in glass jars for later use. The possibilities are endless and here is one to try:
4 Seasons Spice Blend
1 ½ cups Nutritional Yeast
3 TB salt
1 TB onion powder
1 TB paprika
1 TB garlic granules
1 Tsp turmeric powder
½ Tsp dried thyme leaves
½ Tsp dried mustard
½ Tsp dried dill
Mix and store in an airtight container!
Modified from The Uncheese Cookbook