By Clare Farther, Navigate Nutrition
Are you too busy to eat well? Does convenience jump out in front of the health food aisle most of the time? Well, you are not alone. I am a working parent and have to juggle a lot of different demands (yes, I have sent two children looking slightly disheveled to school, put on a load of washing, ignored the mess in the kitchen, ignored the mess in the girls room, done a couple of hours of work from home and I have to hurry because I am heading to class help very soon!) so I understand where you are coming from.
It is hard to prioritise yourself and your healthy eating to get the nutrients that you need to make sure you stay on top of your daily demands. There are ways to make it easier for you, and remember the everyone is different so you should work out what works for you and go with that.
Top 6 tips for healthy eating on the run
Preparation. This covers a lot of tips below, but it is the mantra for healthy eating. (I would not suggest actually ever using “preparation” as a mantra for real meditation, as you would quickly get stressed about the lack of preparation you have done lately…)
Plan ahead. This is the other mantra for healthy eating. Try to plan your meals for the week, even if it is just in your head. This means that you will have the food that you need for healthy meals in the pantry and be ready to eat healthy food all week!
Sunday night cook up! Yes, choose a few meals that freeze well and cook them on Sunday night. This will assist you to stop opting for last minute “fish and chips” on the way home when you know you have a healthy meal in the freezer to defrost. This is a great time to cook snacks for the children’s lunch boxes too!
Snack pack preparation. Healthy snacking is often the key to a healthy weight and lifestyle, and is often a point where convenience really plays a huge part. So, once or twice a week spend 10 minutes cutting up carrots (leave the skin on if you are game, most of the nutrients are found here), capsicum, celery, etc. into seven containers. Then do the same with a mixture if unsalted walnuts or almonds (or other nuts, but almonds are the best source of vitamin E and walnuts are one of the few plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids) and sultanas (or other dried fruits). Finally, have a tub of hummus on hand to dip the veges into.