Nutrition for Busy People
When it comes to eating healthy you hear all the time how easy and straight forward it is, right? Corporate Catering Services do not agree!
Healthy eating requires effort, skill, planning and time to get it right. Our consultant nutritionist, Maev Creaven, would like to share with you some golden nuggets to make life a little bit easier for you and your family.
The initial step is to accept that this takes time and effort, especially in the initial phase, just like any new skill when learning for the first time! I have broken it down into a few areas.
- Batch Cooking
The biggest obstacle for most busy people is when they leave work late, they are either too exhausted or hungry to cook, let alone traipse through a supermarket, purchase food, carry heavy produce to the car, drive home, unpack and cook it for the family, eat, then have to clean up! Convenience foods wins in most cases. But it does not have to!
Choose one day each week, set aside a few hours, plan your food recipes, buy the ingredients, prepare or cook. This takes a little time and effort but will be worthwhile. More and more people are doing it, not only is this tasty and healthier, it saves money too!
- Learn how to create 10 minute meals from fish dishes to stir fries!
- Learn how to create the perfect meal!
The simple rule of thumb is to choose an ingredient from each category in order of priority and portion size [largest to smallest]
- Non starch [above ground vegetables]
- Good Fats
- Starch Carbohydrates
Download our Core Food Plan here to learn more. The idea is to base your meals around proteins especially if your goal is to feel lighter and look healthier. In the coming weeks we will share with you an infographic of what the perfect meal plate looks like.
- No time in the morning for breakfast?
That’s OK. Take a read of our previous post here Healthy Breakfast. What you eat for breakfast is far more important than when you eat! Ditch the scone and latte on-route to work and maybe leave that to one day a week or a month. Why? This potentially could set you up to crave food and sugars all day!
- Invest in grab and go snacks, ideally nuts, seeds, yoghurts [full fat], fruits etc. or make your own granola bars or non-processed bars
- Stay Hydrated. Often times people misjudge the sensation of hunger for thirst. Ensure you are having adequate levels of water throughout your day. Have a glass/bottle of water nearby at all times.
- Supermarket Shopping. Read the supermarket shopping tips to save money and time Supermarket Shopping Tips.
Vital Kitchen Tools
You will enjoy cooking more when you have the right kitchen tools.
A good chopping knife is life changing!
Learn how to chop like a pro and watch knife skills with Jamie Oliver
- Vegetable Peeler
Don’t dread another potato or carrot and pick up a decent vegetable peeler.
invest in good quality Tupperware. If you want to make the jump from eating processed cereals that are high in sugar in the morning, why not make your own granola and store in either glass mason jars or Tupperware. Tupperware is also ideal to bring in your own trail mix variations of nuts, seeds and dried fruits. See our healthy snack suggestions.
Eating well requires time, energy and money. These resources can be challenging when you already have a lot on your plate.
If you’re struggling to eat the way you’d like, don’t be hard on yourself. Ask a friend or family member for a little support. A problem shared is a problem halved! Also check our recipe pages also, for some tasty and nutritious options.