Busy Bee // 5 Easy Tips to Eating Well On-The-Go
We all have those weeks where one day you look at your calendar, think to yourself “How did I manage to put this much on my plate?!” and then stress about how you’ll get it all done. These chaotic times can throw us for a loop and cause us to make not-so-great food and lifestyle choices. Read on for 5 easy ways to keep things green while on the go! 1. Plan Ahead
Start your week by looking at your schedule and identifying the most hectic days ahead. This can serve as a guide to help you prepare and plan how many snacks or small meals you will need to keep you energized, nourished and get you through the day. Preparing your meals ahead of time is always helpful, but not always necessary. Writing down meal & snack times on a planner helps visualize and stay organized throughout the week. After doing this, a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up easy grab and go items is key. A few of our favorites: Avocado with hemp seeds, mixed nuts & seeds, or pre-cut vegetables with hummus.
2. Rise and Shine
We can all agree by now that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day, so starting your day off with a nutrient dense meal is key. Drinking a green juice first thing in the morning is the best way to get your brain fed and body nourished. Without the fiber, a juice gets absorbed directly into your body for an instant energy boost. In addition to juices, fiber-rich smoothies, smashed avocado on sprouted bread, or chia seed pudding are easy no-frill options when you’re on the go. As you experiment with different breakfasts and smoothie options, keep in mind that it’s important to alternate the fruits & vegetables you use so you can benefit from the array of nutrients and antioxidants offered by each.
3. Drink Up!
Staying hydrated should always be a priority! When we don’t drink enough water, it’s more difficult for our bodies to process and absorb water-soluble nutrients and vitamins. We set an alert on our phones to remind us to drink up every two hours.
4 . Real Fast Food
We consider fruits and vegetables to be the original fast food. Having easily accessible fruits such as bananas or citrus fruit, is highly encouraged when being on the go. Plans change, and meetings may run longer than expected, so it’s great having the option of a quick fuel-up via fruit. Choosing snacks with good (monounsaturated) fats and protein, such as avocados and nuts will provide more “brain food” and help avoid a crash or lagging period throughout the day.
5. Smoothie Pops
While soothies are often an easy morning or lunch go-to, we’ve found a way to even further limit your time without sacrificing nutritional bang. So whip out that blender and some frozen fruits because we are making Smoothie pops! Instead of having to pause your Monday morning rush to make a smoothie, make a big batch of smoothies Sunday night (or day) and freeze in ice pop molds . With summer coming up, smoothie pops can also be a fun way to motivate your family or those around you to increase their fruit and veggie intake! Below is one of our favorite recipes:
1 cup h2o
2 1/2 cups kale
2 green apples, cored
1 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1 medium cucumber, quartered
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons lemon juice