Eating Healthy When You Are Crazy Busy

by shawne on December 22, 2014

in Fab Foods, Lifestyle

Busy?  Who isn’t this time of year?  I feel like I’m constantly complaining about it.  December seems to be the time when we’re kickin’ it up a few notches from our typical running to hysteria level.

I wanted to share some tips with you for when you are really busy but still want to eat healthy – because it makes you feel GREAT to keep eating healthy, right?!

And we aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great, right?!

Well I have some tips for ya on what you can eat to stay healthy when you are busy!

So fast, just pour some coconut water, rice milk or hemp milk into the blender, then throw in your fruits AND some veggies (spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce just to name a few). Add some protein if you like (hemp seed or chia seed, or maybe a scoop of hemp protein powder) and some healthy fats (avocado, coconut milk – and the proteins I mentioned before also have you covered on the healthy-fat front!).

For extra flavor add some vanilla extract, or dash of cinnamon.

This can be accomplished in a New York minute!  OR…….

justbreatheChop up a bunch of lettuce – romaine or red leaf – and add some spinach. Pile on some other veggies – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, sliced beets, bell peppers, onions…. whatever you like.

Add some protein. Choose pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cooked organic chicken breast, kidney beans, sprouts, a hard boiled egg, or salmon or tuna.

Make a quick dressing with stone-ground mustard, olive oil, and a couple sprays of Bragg’s Amino Acids (or just a bit of sea salt if you don’t have Bragg’s or can’t find it). Toss it all together and eat.

If you chop the veggies in bulk you can make a couple salads at a time, don’t add the dressing to them yet, and they usually last a couple days.

Know where you can get healthy take-out.

This could be from a nearby restaurant (I love my local Japanese restaurant and it’s really close and inexpensive) or you could find a place like a local market that prepares fresh healthy food to go. I stopped by this morning and picked up a couple dishes to tide me over the next few days. They have organic and locally sourced produce, organic chicken, and free-range grass-fed beef and bison. Their portions will keep you on track and the high quality ingredients help you crowd out the junk that’s lurking everywhere!

No it’s not quite as cheap as buying and preparing it yourself but if you are a busy person (OR you just don’t enjoy cooking) and would just spend the money on junky fast food or pizza delivery, then it’s a much better value.

It’s always the small habits that add up – don’t let yourself fall back into old habits that cause you to not feel so great! Enjoying the busy season is about sharing the holidays with friends and family.  It doesn’t mean you can’t fit quality and healthful foods into your hectic schedule.  Do the best you can to get your daily dose of nutrition and remember to have fun.  I’d love to hear from you, too – what do you like to eat when you are really busy?

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