When working to a busy, on the go, schedule healthy eating can at times be tricky. It’s easy to simply grab a pastry, muffin or hot food from the deli counter with a cup of coffee, rather than having to think about an alternative healthy option! Here are our top tips to help you eat well when on the go.
A surprisingly large number of people tend to skip breakfast. It can easily happen when working to a busy schedule however, it is argued that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides the body and the mind with fuel for the day ahead. So it's best not avoid breakfast, especially at busy times!
1 Beetroot 5 Strawberries Handful Blueberries 1 Orange Water & Ice Handful Spinach Slice Ginger 1/4 avocado 1 small apple Chia seeds 300mls water & ice
Smoothies are a great way of getting some of your five-a-day fruit and veg into your diet, and also great to grab-and-go. Try our green spinach smoothie, or beetroot and strawberry smoothie – they are super easy to make, and full of goodness.
Porridge is also another great breakfast choice, if you can mak
e time, it will set you up for the busy day ahead. Add fruit such as berries, bananas, apples as your toppings.
2. Healthy Snacks
Be prepared. Much of our poor eating habits can creep into our diets through bad snacking. Keep some fruit and nuts in the car, your bag, or at your desk. Fruit such as berries, apples or bananas are satisfying. Carrot sticks and hummus are also great filling snacks, or if you have time the day before, make some hard boiled eggs, these will be sure to tie you over until your next meal.
Lunch can be tricky when on the go as it can be hard to see past just grabbing a sandwich - while this isn’t always the worst choice, being mindful of your fillings is important. Ensure your sandwich includes wholemeal bread and healthy fillings such as lettuce, cucumber, avocado, spinach, tomatoes or peppers. Try to avoid too much mayo, cheese and processed meats. If you're looking for something warm, choose the soup option and avoid chips and other fried foods.
After a busy day on-the-go, the idea of standing around cooking can be daunting and healthy eating can go out the window. Roasting vegetables and meat is a great easy way of cooking. Just chuck them all in the oven, with a small drizzle of olive oil, herbs, spices, salt & pepper and roast! This could take you only 5 minutes to prepare and you don’t need to go near them again until they’re cooked.
Planning ahead is a great tip for healthy eating when you have a busy week ahead. Make a big pot of stew or chilli and you will get a number of dinners out of it for the week. If you have time well in advance why not freeze some dinners for busy times ahead. This will help you avoid grabbing a regretful takeaway after a busy long day.
5. Eating Out
Eating out can be difficult, as many dishes are full of butter, cream, oil and salt to make them taste great – and it can be hard to resist at times. Remember though, if you eat out regularly you probably need to start making clever choices.
A good rule of thumb is to stick to tomato based dishes. These generally contain less fat than other dishes, and contain vegetables. Stick to vegetable loaded dishes, or add veg to dishes that contain little to no veg. Rather than choosing chips ask for a side portion of salad or veg. And finally, if you’re after some spuds (potato), don’t be afraid to ask for a baked potato – this contains much less fat than the alternative mash!
Sarah Burke – Digital Marketing Assistant