Making time to eat right can be one of the most challenging barriers to leading a healthy life, but with a few tips we can all make better choices. When life gets busy and crazy, we can sometimes push our healthy habits to the side. There are things that we can do from the start of our day to the end that can help us feeling our best. You can start by following these three ideas: eating a healthy breakfast, planning ahead, and eating for energy.
Eating a Healthy Breakfast
We’ve all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why?
- It ‘breaks your fast’ after a night of sleeping.
- It can help to control your appetite until lunch and prevent overeating later in the day.
- It can help to kick start your metabolism and may help with weight control.
- It can provide essential vitamins and nutrients.
Despite all these great reasons, not everybody wants to eat breakfast and its not really surprising why. The morning isn’t always an ideal time to eat. Time is often short, our appetite isn’t quiet ready to go, and there may not be many breakfast options to choose from. Luckily, these reasons don’t have to stop us from enjoying the many benefits breakfast has to offer. Meals for breakfast can be made on a Sunday afternoon and foods can be packed the night before so they are easy to grab and go. This means you’ll always have something waiting for you in the kitchen no matter how short on time you are. Plus, you can always wait to eat your breakfast until after your appetite has decided to wake up too.
Planning ahead isn’t just for breakfast. If we plan ahead and pack other meals and snacks, we are less likely to wind up at a convenience store or snack machine later in the day. So be prepared! Have healthy snacks on hand or packed away in your purse, lunch bag, car, desk, or break room. A few good snacking options include:
- low fat yogurt
- hummus and vegetables
- whole grain crackers with low fat cheese
- fresh fruit smoothies
Eat for Energy
Another important reason to choose nutrient dense foods is the energy that they provide. Having a nutrient-rich meal or snack every few hours can really help keep your energy levels up without resorting to another glass of soda, coffee drink, or energy beverage. Start by including a good source of lean protein and fiber into each meal or snack to help you feel full and energized. Fiber can be found in foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
For full energy potential, make sure you are also drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Keeping a water bottle close by can help remind you to drink your water. Thirst can be easily confused with hunger, so drinking enough can often help with weight management too!
Eating healthy and making good choices does take time, so planning ahead really can make a huge difference. Use these ideas and try to implement them into your daily routine. We are all different and the key to success is finding what works best for you.
Whats your favorite energy boosting food?