Adulting is hard. Our lives get hectic sometimes, and we don’t always have the time to keep it all together. Trying to juggle work life, social life, and eating healthily on top of all that is extremely difficult. And if you’re a mother, you are even shorter on time so trying to eat balanced meals is almost as difficult as trying to feed your toddler veggies. But don’t worry, I’m here to give you some tips that I implement to ensure that I am eating healthy and no veggie gets left behind.
Meal Prep Healthy Meals and Plan Ahead
This tip is my number one tip to ensure you are consuming the best foods for your body. By planning your meals and even snacks ahead of time, you can make sure you get all your food groups in there and always know what you’re eating for dinner.
For starters, you’ll need to do some research on what meals and snacks you want to have during the week. I personally love going on Pinterest and typing ‘quick healthy meals’ to get inspiration. A Google search will also yield the same results. If you like to keep it old-school, crack open a cookbook to get some healthy food inspo. If you are still confused at what to make, some of my basic go-to’s are: chicken, rice and veggies, veggie and ground turkey stuffed bell peppers, ground turkey burgers, veggie and seafood stir-fry, salmon, mashed potatoes, and veggies, and even tacos…loaded with veggies of course!
After you have planned out your meals and snacks for the week, you’ll need to designate a day when you go shopping. Sunday’s are typically my shopping and meal prep day because it’s the day right before my work week begins. As long as the day works with your schedule and you can allow a few hours to shop and cook, you’re good. Sometimes, when I have limited time, I’ll shop one day and meal prep a different day. Whatever works for you!
Pro Tip #1: Purchase meal prep containers off Amazon or in-store so you can distribute your meals for the week into grab-n-go containers. It is way easier to stick to your meal plan when the food is already prepared AND proportioned already. All you have to do is heat it up!
Pro Tip #2: If you get bored fast and don’t like consuming the same meal day after day, there are various ways you can switch it up.
- Use different seasonings
- Add different veggies to the sides
- Prepare the meat differently (bake, fry, grill)
If you’re still bored, you can try to make a new meal every week to try out and if you like it, you can add it to the meal prep rotation. For me, Saturdays are when I get adventurous and research a meal out of my comfort zone to try to make.
I mentioned it earlier in this post but snacks are just as important, healthy ones that is. Starving and depriving your body because you’re trying to ‘be healthy’ doesn’t’ accomplish much but a malnourished body and probably a grumpy one too. Eating (the proper foods) actually boosts your metabolism, meaning, the process in which your body converts food to energy. When you eat regularly and snack in between meals if hungry, you are maintaining your blood sugar levels. Also, according to WebMD, “Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day.”
Just as you would meal prep, your lunch and dinner, you can prep your snacks. I like to use a plastic container to put some fruit and yogurt inside and then have some granola in a sandwich bag. Some of my other favorite snacks are fruit, granola bars, hummus, baby carrots, rice cakes and peanut butter, tuna with eggs, protein shakes, and even dark chocolate.
Start the day off right
If you’re not a breakfast person, now may be the time to at least consider consuming something in the mornings. I have always been a big breakfast eater, but it wasn’t until recently that I started to add veggies to my breakfast. I know, it was weird to me at first too. But what do you think of when you think of an omelet? Eggs and veggies right? I started to create some really delicious, gourmet omelets loaded with veggies every morning. And how did I do that with my busy working mom schedule, you ask? I meal prepped!
I cut up all the veggies and even sausage that I want to put into my omelet the night before so the next morning all I have to do is mix the eggs, add the veggies and I’m good to go! Eating veggies in the morning definitely gives you a much-needed energy boost to power through your day.
You can even keep it simple and meal prep some oatmeal, flax seeds and yogurt, or some egg muffins!
But what if I don’t like to eat healthily, but want to?
Now let’s get to why you’re really here. You don’t like to eat healthily or can’t stand the taste of veggies. Being that this is a judgment-free zone, I’m definitely not judging you for your lack of greens but you do know they are essential for life right? Vitamins and supplements are the bare minimum but they only get you so far. The best nutrients come from food, good, healthy food.
Okay, my little ramble is done, now that you’ve heard that veggies are crucial for the thousandth time, let’s work on a solution.
Tips to Eat Veggies for non-veggie eaters:
1. Try new veggies each week until you found 2 or 3 that you can tolerate
There are so many different types of vegetables out there and depending on where you live, you may have different options available based off your location in the world. With that being said, do some research and start trying vegetables until you find something you like. I like to go to Asian markets when I’m in the mood to try a new veggie
2. Make a ‘fun’ salad
There are so many ways you can play up a salad to make it to your liking…you can even add fruit to the salad for hints of sweetness. Find the perfect salad dressing and boom, you’re eating veggies.
3. Make a smoothie
Making a fruit smoothie and then adding some kale, spinach or whatever other veggies you want to eat is a great way to drink your vegetables. Often times, you can’t even taste the veggies because ingredients like bananas, take over. And if you feel like you can taste the veggies, then chug it and hope for the best.
4. Find alternatives
There are so many alternatives that allow you to add hints of veggies to your meals. An example of finding an alternative to regular spaghetti pasta noodles would be veggie pasta or spaghetti squash.
5. Cook them differently
Bake, grill, boil or sauté. Each cooking method will make the same veggie taste completely different. You can also add a bit of seasoning to mask that veggie taste if you must.
6. Chop them small
You can chop up the veggies really small and add them to meals so hopefully, you won’t even know they’re there. Chopped up veggies are great to add to soup, pasta, tacos and even in turkey burger patties!
As a busy adult, it can be easy to forget to eat or even skip meals on purpose. And then when you do finally eat, you’re binging on some McDonald’s and ice cream because your body missed the carbs and sugar. However, if you have done the work ahead of time to ensure that you have something to eat for every meal, including snacks in between, you can avoid that guilty gut after you’ve consumed a number 1, 2 and 3 from that fast food restaurant around the corner.
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Stay flourshin’ and healthy!