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The Busy Woman's Guide to Eating Right

Too Busy to Eat Healthy? Not with These Strategies!

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You 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.

Breakfast
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.
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Megan Patrick Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

Member Comments

  • So many great tips! I am seriously going to try to limit my red meat as suggested - a BIG step for me! I love fish, especially WILD salmon. Thanks for a fine article. - 6/7/2012 7:02:40 AM
  • When fish is on sale I stock up. I then vacum pack the fish that is not going to be eaten that day. Some of the frozen fish in our local supermarkets is from China. I avoid that frozen fish that is sold in a bag. You never know what their standards are compare to ours And how old the fish is..As for as clean up so you don't have a fishy smell in your kitchen, lemon juice or tooth paste, a little on your hands with get rid of the smell. This come from a long time fisherman. Enjoy your seafood. - 2/16/2012 7:42:13 AM
  • Regarding seafood, yes, it's expensive but I usually stock up when it's on sale. I know fresh is always better but that's not always an option. Plus, I get so bored of eating chicken and turkey. However, seafood doesn't stink up the house! If your fish is smelly, there's something wrong with it. - 2/14/2012 11:31:20 AM

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