Tips for Eating Healthier When You’re In A Hurry

Eat Healthy When Your are in a Hurry

Sonya’s Summer Veggie Salad Recipe.
From the Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook by Posey Salem.
Photo: Sonya Atkins

Everyone seems busier than ever before, so how can we eat healthier when we are in a hurry? Here are some Tips for Eating Healthier When You’re In A Hurry

Most experts say the #1 Tip is Pre-Planning

I hear you groaning and saying, “Oh no, we have enough to do already. I can’t possibly fit another thing into my schedule!”

So my question to you is, “Just how important is your life and health?”

Posey’s Top Tips for Eating Healthier When You are in a Hurry

#1 Adjust your Mindset

You will have to adapt and adjust your mindset that to eat healthier you will have to make a few changes to your schedule so that you can eat better and healthier, when you are rushed and in a hurry.

#2 Pre-Plan

Pre-Plan your meals, snacks and what you eat when you truly do need to grab and go. Plan meals a week in advance and post the menu on the kitchen bulletin board or refrigerator. This helps you to be more organized and it helps others in your home to be able to help prepare the food.

#3 Have a Chop Night

No, I don’t mean eat pork  or lamb chops! I mean, spend some time preparing foods ahead of time. If you have a spouse or other family members living with you, get them to help you, chop, cut, measure and pre-bag foods to add to make meal preparation quicker and easier later in the week. Doing this will also help you quickly prepare salads, soups and snacks that you can grab and go when you are in a hurry.

  • Pre-cut veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers, kolrabi, etc) and fruit
  • Portion out, nuts, seeds, pretzels, dried fruits and bag

#4 Have a Cook Ahead Night

  • Cook foods, entrées and meals ahead and serve later
  • Cook or prepare enough for two or three meals, package appropriately and store in freezer or can for shelf storage and reheat or cook later “Cook Once – Eat Twice” idea
  • Carrie’s cooked meat on shelf idea

#5 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Use a slow cooker or crock pot to prepare meals while you are working, away from home for the day, or just too busy or too tired to cook. Any easy way to make a quick and hearty soup is to add some of your pre-cut up fresh veggies and to prepared Stock (homemade that you have canned or frozen or natural and organic varieties from the supermarket).

12 More Healthy in a Hurry Tips

  • Add cut up vegetables, dried fruit, seeds, nuts and leafy greens to make interesting fresh salads. Try our Kale Lemon Salad
  • Have a Vegetable Plate dinner – pre-cut the veggies and steam them and serve with rice or black beans or quinoa. Foods to try: carrots, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, corn, whole green or waxed beans, sweet potatoes and squash ~ the list is endless.
  • Lightly sauté fresh vegetables and serve over-top of rice, quinoa, or whole grain noodles.
  • Bulk up frozen pizza by adding extra tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, onions, oil cured olives, sliced banana peppers and additional cheese.
  • Make rice or couscous (you can make this ahead of time and re-heat at meal time) add sweet onions, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped peppers, grated squash, raisins or other dried fruit and nuts. Season with your choice of herbs and spices and add a dash of balsamic vinegar or natural soy sauce for extra flavor.
  • Stir-fry chopped vegetables and pre-cube meats and serve with rice and beans.
  • Mix salad greens together with chopped apples, celery, walnuts, grapes, dried cherries or craisins and dress with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing for a fresh tasting salad.
  • Top baked potatoes with any of the following; sautéed onions, vegetables, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, grated cheese, chives, green onions, chili, or other foods of your choice. Serve with a fresh salad.
  • Add canned or fresh fruit to muffins, quick breads, pancake batter, or cold cereal.
  • Puree fresh fruit and use it to top your pancakes, waffles or oatmeal.
  • Use Italian salad dressing to marinate chicken or chopped vegetables then sauté and serve with quinoa or brown rice.
  • Spread cabbage leaves with hummus, cream cheese mixed with minced onion & fresh herbs or nut butters and roll up to eat.
  • Have Breakfast for Dinner! Eggs are inexpensive and filled with nutrition. Cook them anyway you like and serve with turkey bacon or sausage, sauteed vegetables and whole grain bread. To learn more about the nutritional benefits of eggs you might be interested in Meet Real Free-Range Eggs – from Mother Earth News , Top 12 Healthiest Foods on Earth and The Truth About Store Bought Eggs & Chicken.

I hope that this article has inspired you to eat healthier when you are in a hurry.

For even more ideas and specific recipes download our Healthy In A Hurry Cookbook, today!

To learn more you might be interested in the articles listed under our Food and Nutrition tab on the menu bar.

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