Help! I don't have a lot of time, how can I eat well?
It’s tricky to eat well when you’re pressed for time – but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to help you make smart choices even when you’re short on time.
Limit processed foods.
Ready-to-eat meals, frozen foods or pre-packaged foods often contain an alarming amount of fat, calories, sugar and salt. They may also contain fillers and other things that have no nutritional value.
Buy pre-cut vegetables.
It’s much faster to make a stir-fry, side dish, curry or stew when you get to skip the chopping part!
Pick up a barbecued chicken and bagged salad at the grocery store.
Add a whole grain roll or multigrain tortilla with salsa on the side and you’ve got a complete meal – no cooking required.
Keep a couple of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge.
They offer a quick hit of protein for salads or sandwiches and on their own.
Buy pre-cut meats.
Most grocery stories have meat departments that offer chicken or beef already cut into strips for quick stir-fries.
Try breakfast for dinner.
Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit is a wholesome and quick weeknight meal. You can also buy pre-cut fruit and add it to a whole-grain cereal with milk for a quick pick-me-up until the next morning.
Carry healthy snacks with you.
It’s easier to resist sugary or fatty snacks if you have on-the-go foods like dried fruit mixed with a few nuts, apples, bananas or pears and small containers of raw veggies with you.