Photographer: Suat Eman
A lot of people say they don’t have time to eat healthy. In this day and age, it’s totally understandable. In order to manage your career and take care of kids, you often have to cut corners a bit in other areas. It’s so easy to grab a pastry for breakfast, have fast food for lunch and microwave a frozen entrée for dinner because you’re too tired to prepare anything decent when you come home.
One of the easier ways to solve the problem of poor food choices is to plan and prepare healthy foods ahead of time for the entire week. Cut up fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, zucchini, string beans, celery, apples and peppers and put them in zip lock storage bags to take with you as healthy snacks. Bananas are also easy to carry. Dried fruits and nuts are a good idea for protein on the go. Make your own trail mixes with natural nuts, raisins and dried fruits.
There are also now many different types of meal replacement bars and drinks. Choose ones that are low in calories, fat and sugar. Clif Bars and Luna Bars generally make very healthy snacks, to name a few. Hard-boiled eggs are fast to make and easy to pack. You can always take out the yolk to cut more calories and reduce the cholesterol intake.
A good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich is easy to prepare. Just be sure to check the labels when buying the products. Go for natural peanut butter made from only fresh peanuts, choose whole grain breads, and use jellies that are made from all natural fruit ingredients. Whole grain crackers are also easy to pack and a low calorie snack to munch on.
You can freeze or refrigerate your pre-prepared healthy meals so you can reheat them instead of grabbing for a high-sodium frozen dinner. When you take a few minutes to be creative, you can ensure an entire week of healthy eating!