We live a in a non-stop world that is constantly demanding something of us. Food is often the last thing on our minds until it’s 7pm and we realize we only had one Clif Bar to eat all day.
When you don’t have enough time to even think about food, how are you supposed to actually cook your meals and eat them? Incorporate these easy tips into your day and you’ll ensure you’re always full no matter what’s on the agenda for the day.
Find fast and easy recipes
When you’re short on time, speed is key (no wonder so many people default to fast food chains). Get some “fast food” recipes of your own. No, not greasy food. Quick food. Recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less and have minimal clean up. The last thing you want to do after cooking is a sink full of dishes.
Start here for some inspiration. Most of my recipes fall into this category.
Stock up on good snacks
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of my favorite snacks like carrots and hummus or the occasional toasted onion bagel. Living a busy life means you may not get to cook a proper meal (even if it does only take 30 minutes). Stock up on healthy snacks that will hold you over until your next meal.
Make sure they fit your lifestyle. If you’re always driving and running errands, carrots and hummus would be a bad snack because they aren’t super portable. Try Clif Bars or almonds instead. Fresh or dried fruit make a great snack, too.
Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies
These little gems take no more than 5-10 minutes to make and are packed with valuable nutrients and calories your body needs. These work for just about any lifestyle because they’re portable so you can take them anywhere.
Also, let’s say you work in an office and you’ve got 3 hours of meetings in the morning. When are you going to find time to eat? During the meetings. It’s no different than if you had a cup of coffee or bottle of water in front of you, but you’re eating real food instead.
Keep main ingredients on hand
You probably have a few ingredients that are in many of the dishes you make. For me, those ingredients are rice, beans, potatoes and pasta sauce. Using these ingredients and whatever mosh mosh I have in my cupboard, I’m always able to whip up a meal.
When you’re in the grocery store, find some of the staple ingredients that you would like to keep handy so,
if when you’re in a pinch, you won’t go hungry.
Cook in bulk
Whether you intentionally meal prep at the beginning of the week or you just cook more than you can eat one night, cooking once and getting multiple meals out of it is a great time-saver. I do this a lot with pasta. I will cook just a bit more than I know we can eat so we have leftovers for the next night.
It’s important to only do this with foods you know will keep well. Pasta, rice, beans, etc. Foods like potatoes and lettuce tend to lose their crisp if stored as leftovers.
Think about what your day is going to look like. If you’re going to be out and about, bring enough food and water to sustain you. Smoothies and nutrition bars are always my go-to when I need to run errands.
Also important is making sure you bring water. It’s so easy to forget to drink water when your mind is focused on everything else you need to be tackling. Regardless of whether you’re out running errands or working at your desk, if you keep a large bottle on hand, you’re more likely to stay hydrated than if you don’t have water with you.