Let’s get real. Life is busy! People often ask how to eat healthy while balancing a busy life. Here are some practical ways to live a healthier lifestyle in the midst of a super busy schedule.
Grab and Go Snacks
Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and low in calories and fat. Pairing fruits and vegetables with nut butter adds healthy fat to your snack and will help keep you full longer. Snacks can be an important part of the diet and have the ability to fill nutritional holes that weren’t consumed in a meal. Here are a few ideas for a quick and nutritious snack:
· Apple/Carrots/Celery + nut butter
· Trail mix
· Protein bars
· Homemade Protein balls
· Multigrain crackers + a cheese stick
· All-natural beef sticks
· Roasted chickpeas
· Pretzels/Cucumbers + hummus
· Greek yogurt
· Air popped popcorn
5 Tips for Eating Out
There are days when cooking dinner for the family simply isn’t possible and that’s okay! No matter what the reason, eating out is a part of life and should be enjoyed. Eating at restaurants doesn’t mean you can’t eat nutritious foods you just have to know what to look for. Here are five practical tips and tricks for staying on track when you are away from home!
1. Check out the Menu beforehand
§ Looking up the menu beforehand gives you time to decide what choices are most nutritious. Having a plan before getting to the restaurant will give you the willpower to avoid ordering the not-so healthy choices.
2. How are the foods prepared?
§ Paying attention to how the food is prepared will help you choose your meal wisely. Go for foods that are steamed, grilled, or blackened over foods that are fried or smothered. The way the food is described can give you a good idea of what choices are healthiest!
3. Drink water or unsweet tea
§ It can be tempting to order a soda or sugary drink at dinner but it’s important to consume a small number of empty calories. Empty calories refer to foods or beverages that are composed primarily of sugar, fat, or oils and have very little nutrients.
4. Ask questions
§ Don’t be afraid to ask your server questions about the menu. Always ask if you can make the meal healthier. Asking for sauces and dressings on the side is a great way to limit unnecessary calories and fat.
5. Notice portion sizes
§ Many restaurants pack their plates with portions that are typically two to three times the recommended serving. A great way to ensure you are not over-eating is to use the visual hand guide to show portion sizes.