How to Eat Healthy With a Busy Lifestyle

Keep healthy protein foods such as frozen chicken breast slices and canned tuna in your kitchen for a fast, balanced dinner.
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With your busy day balancing work, school, errands, social events and family, it may be difficult to find the time or energy to eat healthy. Breakfast is usually a muffin or coffee on the go, and grabbing a pizza seems much less daunting than making lunch or dinner. However, with some preparation and planning you can save time and eat healthy with a busy lifestyle.

Step 1

Eliminate all unhealthy and packaged foods from your kitchen, car and office or desk. When you are hungry and busy, it is convenient to reach for these nutrient-poor foods that are also high in added fats, sugars and salts. These include microwave dinners, instant noodles, chips, cookies and sweets. Take away the temptation to make it easier to choose healthier options instead.

Step 2

Create a weekly food plan that lists three balanced meals as well as snacks per day. Making a daily and weekly menu lets you plan in advance so that you have all the ingredients on hand and know what you will be eating. This helps to reduce unhealthy food cravings and binging on junk foods.

Step 3

Purchase healthy food staples such as whole-wheat breads, pastas, tortillas and pizza shells, brown rice, quinoa, couscous and oats. Also stock up on convenient and high-nutrient ingredients such as canned tuna, canned beans, chicken breast, low-fat cheese slices, low-sodium pasta sauces, yogurt and low-fat peanut butter. Keep these basic ingredients in your kitchen at all times to prepare a balanced meal quickly.

Step 4

Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your weekly grocery list. Wash, peel and cut the fruit and vegetables and store them in plastic containers in your fridge. You are more likely to snack on fresh produce if it is already prepared and ready to eat.

Step 5

Prepare your breakfast the night before by boiling oatmeal or adding fruit to a bowl of granola. In the morning you can simply add milk and reheat or add yogurt. Choose whole-grain cereals that do not have added sugars or artificial flavors. Also replace bagels with healthier options such as whole-grain bread and English muffins.

Step 6

Prepare your lunch the night before by making a sandwich with lean protein, veggies and whole-grain bread, or packing healthy dinner leftovers in a plastic container. If you are buying lunch, choose healthier options such as grilled lean meat or fish and vegetables. Skip the fries and other greasy foods and ask for a baked potato instead.

Step 7

Keep dried fruit, nuts and seeds in your kitchen, car, desk drawer and other places where you can access them quickly when you are hungry. Dried fruit such as dates, apricots and figs are rich in dietary fiber and nutrients and provide carbohydrates for fast energy. Nuts and seeds are also high in protein and healthy fats.

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