With work, family, and other obligations, you might find yourself short on time each week. If you're trying to enjoy more fresh, nutritious foods, a busy schedule might seem like a major obstacle. However, a busy lifestyle doesn’t have to keep you from eating a balanced diet. There are plenty of delicious, healthy foods that make great meals and snacks on the go. Instead of having to swing by the drive-through before or after work, you can have a balanced, delicious meals.
Prepare your meals before the week begins to give yourself a head start. Set aside a small amount of time each week to devote to meal preparation. You’ll be amazed about how fast and easy it is to pull together enough healthy meals to last you through the week.
For lunches, divide pre-mixed salad greens into individual containers. Top with some fresh chopped veggies and some protein (a chicken breast or some cooked quinoa make great salad toppings). Skip the creamy dressings and pack a nice light vinaigrette. You can add some extra flavor by mixing in a small amount of cheese or some almonds. If you’re not a huge fan of salads, you can use these same ingredients to make some healthy wraps. Try spreading some hummus on your wrap before filling it with the other ingredients.
Pack up some healthy snacks for the week, too. Chop up some fresh veggies and pack them in portion-sized containers. Enjoy them plain, or dip them in Greek yogurt or hummus to make them even more filling. You can also buy some nuts or freeze-dried fruit for a hearty snack that travels well.
A healthy dinner can seem like a challenge on busy weeknights, but with just a small amount of planning you can enjoy a balanced meal each night. Pre-make some healthy casseroles and freeze them for busy nights. You can also mix up some healthy filling for tacos and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer, or use the filling to make freezable burritos. “One-pan” or “one-pot” recipes are another great option for busy families. Look for recipes that use fresh, healthy ingredients. You’ll have a quick, nutritious meal without as many dishes to wash afterward.
Once you get into the habit of preparing meals for the week, it will become an easy part of your routine. Preparing meals in advance will save you time during the week, and make it easier for you to plan your grocery trips so that you’re buying food you know you’ll be using. For busy families, being able to save time and money is a huge benefit! The biggest benefit is how much better you feel when you’re eating satisfying, healthy meals each day. To support your weight loss goals, consider adding LOWAT® to your healthy routine. LOWAT® is derived from Ayurvedic plants and has been clinically studied to support healthy weight loss.