When we are rushing to meet deadlines and catch the plane home, the most obvious casualty is our food. We end up binging on junk food or missing a meal altogether if we are too tired. This is seriously detrimental to our health. There are many smart tactics you could employ to ensure healthy eating despite a busy schedule. Here are some ways to do it.
- Precook and freeze meals
To stave off last minute hunger pangs, prepare your meals in advance and freeze them. There are many interesting, easy recipes over the internet that cater to people with really hectic schedules. Some of these are really simple and can be prepared in a jiffy and stored in small boxes in your freezer. When in a rush, just heat in a microwave and gobble up.
- Don’t keep junk in the house
This is easier said than done but it helps in the long run. When you face hunger pangs, junk food seems really tempting. You will but naturally reach out for healthy food options in the absence of junk food. So store up on fruits, muesli, nuts, and hummus instead of mayonnaise, brown bread and yoghurt.
- Snack Healthy
If you feel hungry between meals, chose healthy items to snack on. Peanuts, salads, fruits, dry fruits, milk, and yoghurt are some alternatives to chips, popcorn, chocolate bars, namkeens, biscuits and cold drinks. This way you cut out on trans-fats and provide your body with vital anti-oxidants and nutrients.
- Save time by buying pre-chopped
Most of us don’t have time to chop veggies and fruits. This hampers us from cooking at home. Supermarkets store pre-chopped items that make cooking easier and less time-consuming.
- Don’t skip breakfast
The first and the most important meal of the day becomes a sacrificial lamb to extra sleep. Avoid missing this meal to ensure good health. A good breakfast could be a simple one of oats, muesli or fruits but will kick-start your metabolism and ensure high energy levels through the day.
- One pot Wonders
From one pot pasta to curries to rice, there are many recipes which bring a wholesome meal together in one pot. Add the ingredients and let them simmer for some time and voila! You have a meal. Scout the internet for the best and quickest recipes.
- Cook Simple
Keep your more elaborate meals for the weekends and the holidays. For the weekdays, stick to basic, simple cooking and save time. Healthy pasta, stuffed rotis, pulaos and simple dal rice are good options.
- Meal calendar
The most common problem early mornings and late evenings when you are hard-pressed for time is the big question- what to cook? To avoid this million dollar question, form a meal calendar that caters to meal choices through the week. You will waste less time making a decision and with the pre-chopped items, the meal will be ready in a jiffy.