We’re living in a time where convenience and cost reign supreme when it comes to our diets. This is understandable. We’re busy individuals with hectic schedules. We get up in the mornings and have to rush ready and out of the doors to make it to our jobs on time. The vast majority of us no longer eat breakfast. Instead, we’ll grab something that can quickly be eaten en route to work or we’ll grab something along the way.
We don’t have too much time to make lunches ready for work. Instead, we’ll head to the shops and grab a meal deal of some sort to tide us over throughout the day. We get home and we try to fit in exercise, social activities, child care or simple relaxation in the few hours we have before we have to go to bed to rest up for the next day of the same ahead. Many of us don’t want to spend this time cooking meals from scratch. Instead, we’ll often reach for takeaways, fast food and ready meals to make things simpler.
The problem with all of this? These types of convenience food may fill us up, but they’re often packed with excess levels of salt, excess levels of sugar, saturated fats and have a minimal nutritional content. This is why it’s important to start focusing on clean eating. The good news is that this can work hand in hand with a fast paced lifestyle. You’ll just have to focus more on the type of convenience foods you opt for and perhaps make a few lifestyle changes to accommodate healthier, but fast, meal options. Here are a few things to try out!
Stock Up on Health Convenience Foods
Demand for healthy convenience foods is on the rise. People don’t necessarily want to get up earlier in the morning to make full and hearty breakfasts. People might want a quick and easy snack that can be left in their drawer at work for times when stomachs rumble between breakfast and lunch or lunch and the end of the day. So, the market is providing! Most stores now have an area with healthy snacks that can meet all of your needs. Just be wary to check ingredients lists. Some companies actually pack “healthy” snacks with sugar and fats. Look for genuinely healthy cereal bars, date bars, fruit bars, crisps and more. They do exist!
Consider What You Drink
We need to stay hydrated for good health. This is why it’s recommended that you drink eight glasses of water a day. It helps your body to function. But so many people don’t really think about what they drink. When it comes down to it, water is best. Try to opt for water over coffee, fizzy drinks, squash and concentrate juice. You may also want to consider the quality of the water you’re drinking. Generally, tap water is fine. But you may want to get Berkey test results to give you confidence in its quality. You may also want to use filters to make sure that it’s as pure as possible.
Meal prepping is key to healthy eating on the go. Dedicate an evening each week to meal prep for upcoming meals. Meal prepping is essentially the process of cutting up vegetables, weighing out spices and taking care of other preparatory elements of any meal. Prepped food can be stored in tupperware and will then be ready for you to simply throw into the pan, oven or whatever else you need to do with it when you come home from work each day. This makes the cooking process so much faster in the evenings and will ensure you still get healthy, balanced and nutritional meals.
Snack on Fruit
Fruit is such an easy snack and will provide you with vitamins, minerals and everything else your body needs. Instead of reaching for a chocolate bar or packet of crisps, have some bananas, oranges, peaches, plums, or any other fruit at hand.
Organic food tends to be higher quality than other foods. It’s grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals that could then be ingested into your body. It’s more natural and can help you to get the most of the food you’re eating. Sure, organic produce does tend to come with a higher price tag, but it’s generally worth it if you’re able to afford it.
Eliminate Processed Foods
Processed foods are increasingly common and are popular. But try to minimise the amount of processed food you’re incorporating into your diet. Whole foods just tend to be a whole lot more nutritionally valuable and will be better for your overall health and wellbeing.
Locally produced produce could be preferable to store bought. This is because you know exactly where your food is coming from. You can talk to those who produce it. You can know their methods. You can know what’s going into it. Plus, you can feel good supporting a local business – many small businesses need more support nowadays as people are using supermarkets and other larger scale companies who are now gaining a monopoly over the food industry.
Of course, we all want what’s best for our health. But sometimes we feel like our lifestyles can’t tie in with this. Hopefully, the above information has helped to highlight that healthy and clean eating can work alongside a busy schedule. You just have to be organised and put more thought into the products you’re buying and eating rather than taking whatever’s first presented to you. Just a few small changes really can make all the difference to your diet!