How many of us have faced the following dilemma:
“I’m starving, but I’m torn between which is greater: my desire to eat, or my desire not to make the energy to prepare/decide on food.”
Honestly, I’ve had days where I’ve been so frustrated I either didn’t eat or ate something questionable due to lack of time, energy, or resources. I live a busy life and feel your pain. It’s easier to run out and buy something premade, order in, or eat out, especially when you’re tired and you can barely even work up the energy to workout (or spent it all during your workout).
I’m here to provide tips on what’s helped me. Hopefully it’ll help you:
- Prep food on the weekends (or whenever you have the most time) in advance for the week.
- Chop up veggies and put them into individual containers. Ziplock baggies are great for this sort of thing! Then you can grab and go, mix and match.
- Make something that has more than one serving, and put each serving into containers.
- Make a food item you can add to your dishes in bulk (quinoa, brown rice, baked tofu/seitan/etc), and store it in the fridge to use throughout the week.
- Plan ahead. Make things you can mix and match for your meals to provide variety.
- Get containers like this and this to help with separating your ingredients and combining them easily at work or on the go.
- Local supermarket has a salad bar, and you only need a certain amount of fixings? Go there and for seriously cheap costs get lots of lightweight, prechopped veggies to stir frys, sandwiches and wraps, etc. I do this with quinoa sometimes to save time on prep and cooking.
- Protein shakes! Protein shakes can make for a quick meal or snack on the go, and you can add fruit and other ingredients to them. While some shakes are filled with artificial and GMO ingredients, others are naturally sourced and have the best bang for your buck. I highly recommend either Vega One or Shakeology. Shakeology comes in six flavors, two of which are completely plant based in ingredients while the others are vegetarian with whey protein. If you wish to try a sample or two of Shakeology before you buy a month’s worth, there are sample packs available in both vegan and non-vegan varieties! It also has a money back guarantee so if you try it for a month and decide it’s not for you, you can get a full refund. To see what options are available in Shakeology and/or to read more about it, go here.
- Get a slow cooker and make slow cooker recipes! There are plenty on the Internet. 🙂
Do you struggle with healthy eating under time constraints too? What have you found that’s helped? If not, feel free to rant in the comments below and get more suggestions!