Convenience or Health?
Picture one of these scenarios. You’ve had a long day of studying for tests and writing papers, and you’re not looking forward to doing the same thing again tomorrow. Maybe you’ve spent a day full of meetings, followed by a parent-teacher conference at your child’s school. Or your boss has just asked you to rewrite a client proposal for the third time.
You’re tired, stressed out, and ready to binge-eat the first food you come across. You want something fast, tasty, and convenient for dinner. What do you do? Maybe you order a pizza, drive through the nearest burger joint, or settle for a can of soup once you get home. We know the feeling well. You want to eat something nutritious that you won’t feel guilty about later, but you feel like you have to sacrifice that for convenience and speediness.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that! With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy convenience and health at the same time. Here are our tips for eating healthy, even on your busiest days.
Invest in a slow cooker.
The slow cooker (or Crock Pot, as you may know it) is as popular as ever these days, thanks to the Internet. With websites like Pinterest, hundreds of blogs, cooking sites, and more, you can find thousands of effortless slow cooker recipes. You can find a slow cooker for under $20 just about anywhere. Just throw all of the ingredients in the pot, set the temperature, and let it sit. It’s that easy! Set the slow cooker before you go to bed and have your lunch ready to go in the morning. Or set it before you leave for work and come home to a delicious meal that night.
Meal prep on your not-so-busy days.
Meal prepping is not just for bodybuilders anymore! Choose a day that isn’t as demanding as the rest of your week and plan out your meals for the next week or so. Pick a few recipes that you know you’ll enjoy for more than one meal and divide up servings into containers for the week. This works great for snacks, too. Try hard-boiling some eggs or portioning vegetables for healthy snacks on the go. The next time you’re hungry, you won’t even be tempted by fast food because you’ll have a great choice ready to go.
Order for pickup or delivery.
These days, getting a grilled chicken entrée or sushi to go from any restaurant can be just as convenient as pizza delivery or a drive-thru. You can have fresh, healthy, and delicious meals ready when you get there by ordering pickup over the phone or online. For even more convenience, websites like EAT24 allow you to order delivery, like sashimi or sushi to go, from your favorite restaurants with just a few clicks.
The keys to eating healthy on your busiest days are to plan ahead or make smart decisions. You don’t have to sacrifice great quality food for convenience anymore.