How to Eat Healthy Even When You’re Busy

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In this day and age, we get too busy that we don’t have the time anymore to cook a decent meal and we resort to eating at fast food chains and snacking on junk or processed foods, or worst, we  end up skipping meals. Not having the time  to prepare does not  necessarily mean, though, that  you don’t have to eat healthy.  With some basic planning, you can have healthy meals at  pace with your lifestyle.

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  • Start your metabolism early in the day by eating breakfast.
  • To boost  your  energy, go for foods that are high in carbohydrates like bagels , bread, tortillas or pretzels. Add proteins to help maintain that energy. Some good sources of  proteins are tuna, precooked chicken or turkey, skim milk or skim cheese.
  • Instead  of chips and junk food, why not snack on precut vegetables? Have some  fat free dip hand as well to zest its flavor.
  • Fruit will always be the most reliable, quick healthy snacks. You only need to wash it.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables with every meal and as healthy snacks. Add fruit to  your cereal or to yogurt for breakfast. Infuse vegetables in your diet by eating salad or a sandwich  with lettuce, tomato, and sprouts for lunch, and throw in at least two  vegetables to what you are having for dinner.
  • Not only is low-fat yogurt low in fats, it also helps burn other fats  faster. Some studies even say  that it  can add years  to life.
  • Low fat made cheese made from skim milk or cottage cheese and ricotta are  healthy alternatives to the high-calorie and high-fat content of hard cheeses. Try spreading  a little ricotta cheese on cracker or ricke cake for a low-calorie treat that is also high in fiber.
  • Pre-prepared  and prepacked salads topped with low-fat dressing can be a quick and nutritious snack that can be eaten on the go.
  • Make your own indulgence without consuming so much time.  Try putting some tomato  sauce on a bagel , English muffin  or any other bread, and then top it with your choice of vegetables and some skim cheese. Bake it in a toaster for a few minutes and you have your own instant, healthy snack.
  • Low-salt nacho chips, dipped in salsa also makes a quick snack. For a change, try dipping breadsticks or whole grain crackers in salsa.
  • Popcorn can also be a quick and healthy meal as  long it is  prepared  with a hot air popper. It will have zero calories as long as it is not cooked with oil and not flavored with butter.  For added  flavor, spread  some paprika, garlic or cinnamon  on it.
  • Never forget the most basic of  it all – water. Drink lots of it. Not only will it help you feel satiated quickly,  it also has  zero calories and  zero fats.
  • Avoid snacks that have too much fat, cholesterols and salt.
  • Granola  bars may seem healthy but 35% of itc caloric content is  fat.
  • Avoid caffeine as it can make you feel hungrier. Coffee,also,  has been associated with certain cancer risks. Coffee, though, still  has health benefits like antioxodants, but try not to have too much of it too often.
  • Stay away from sugary snacks. It may give you a quick  burst of energy but it will also drain your energy back down after.

Eating healthy even  when busy shouldn’t be so difficult if you just know how to plan it.

 

Web References:

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_2081580_eat-healthy-everyday.html

http://www.yourmodernliving.com/too-busy-to-eat-healthy-here-are-some-tips/

http://mom.me/food/1400-eat-healthy-hurry