Page 1 of 4You start out every day with the best of intentions. This is the day you're going to make time for a healthy breakfast. And for lunch, you'll get a salad from the deli down the street. When the 3 p.m. munchies strike, you won't hit the candy machine in the lunchroom. And you'll stop at the store on the way home to pick up some chicken breasts to cook for dinner.
But then the alarm goes off and you have to hit the ground running to get the kids ready for school and yourself dressed for work. You grab a cup of coffee on the way out the door, or worse, swing through the drive-thru for a caramel mocha calorie bomb.
But it doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming to make healthy eating choices throughout the day. What it does take is a little knowledge and some strategic planning. Here are six ways to plan ahead for better eating options (no matter how busy you are), plus tips for making better selections when faced with another busy girl reality: dining out.
In an Instant: Of course you don't have time to chop veggies and make yourself an egg-white omelet every morning. But you can keep several simple ingredients on hand to make a super-fast, super-delicious, super-healthy fruit and protein smoothie that you can drink in the car or at your desk at work. Stock the freezer with your favorite frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a mix). Keep boxes of shelf-stable soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk in the pantry. (Once open, you'll need to keep them in the refrigerator and use them within a week). Find a vanilla protein powder that you like and buy it in bulk to save money. Blend 1 cup of berries with 8-10 ounces of liquid and 1-2 scoops of protein powder. Find tons of smoothie and protein shake recipes at SparkRecipes.com.
Speed Tip: Buy a single-serve blender that doubles as a to-go cup to get out the door even faster.
Make Ahead: Bake a batch of healthy muffins that are high in fiber, fruit or veggies (think zucchini) and freeze them. Take one or two out to thaw the night before and they'll be ready to grab on your way out the door. You can even heat them up for a few seconds in the microwave once you get to work for a fresh-out-of-the-oven taste.