No matter how much you may want to make healthy choices, it can feel like there simply isn’t time. We plan our day wisely but then late nights at work or procrastination takes its place. So, we bring to you ways that will help you to squeeze in healthier habits into your life and busy days.
Befriend the microwave
Microwave meals may conjure up images of frozen vegetables, but the tool does way more than heat TV dinners. Make a one-minute quiche in a mug, cinnamon breakfast quinoa, or even a quick tomato soup would keep you going. No complicated, time-consuming prep work necessary, just make use of your friend, microwave.
Make three-ingredient meals
Peanut butter or nutella on whole-wheat brown bread is an obvious choice here, but there’s an entire world of easy and delicious combinations out there. Take stuffed sweet potatoes, pancakes, and sanwiches for example. Minimal grocery shopping and preparation, maximum flavor. Plus these meals can be super healthy too. Go for the gluten free products!
Don’t hate. Caffeinate!
The amount of data about whether or not coffee is good for you is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But there are some facts that don’t go disputed, Getting a daily dose of caffeine helps rejuvenate your metabolism and provides a much needed energy boost. To keep your wallet healthy too, keep a French press and South Indian coffee at your desk so you can fuel up any time of day.
Eat meals instead of snacking all day
When you’re busy with back to back meetings, it can feel like there’s no time to sit down and enjoy a full meal. Instead, it seems easier to grab a handful of trail mix here, a string cheese there, a bag of diet snacks between meetings, and various other nibbles before calling it a day. Although it may not feel like you’re eating as much, all-day snackers often end up consuming more calories than their meal-eating counterparts.
Say no to bar bites
After a long day, wings and beer may sound like just the thing you need. But instead of loading up on both booze and bar food, stick to one. If heading out for a night of drinking, eat a small, filling meal beforehand so those French fries are less tempting. If noshing is inevitable, fill up on a soup or salad, and pick one item to splurge on.
Walk it out
The average job requires sitting in front of a computer for a majority of the day. Add that to sitting down for dinner and driving or taking the train to work, and that means you’re on your butt for 70 percent of an average workday. Sneak in some exercise by running errands on foot, taking the stairs, parking farther away from your destination, or getting off the subway a stop before you actually need to. All those extra steps do add up!
Eight glasses of water a day can help keep the doctor away. Getting plenty of water also helps keep you full, energized, and extra focused. To help remind yourself to drink up, keep a water bottle at your desk or set reminders on your phone.
Stay healthy, stay fit!