7 Nutrition Tips For Your Busy Everyday LifeClinical Expertise
Mar 31, 2016
By Rebecca Hubbard, RD, LD,/N, Morrison Senior Living and Danielle McGrath, Brooks Rehabilitation
Eating healthy often takes a backseat to the hectic schedules and obligations of everyday life. However, if you follow these simple tips, nutrition doesn’t need to slow you down.
- Prepare for the Unexpected
When you are on the go and need a quick pick me up, it can be tempting to go for fast foods. Most of the time that means an unhealthy choice. The best weapon in this situation? Preparation. Have healthy staples in your fridge packaged up and ready to go. Some examples include cut up vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grilled chicken breast. Doing this prep makes it easy to grab and go!
- Slow Down and Slow Cook
A slow cooker is great for easy meals and can save lots of time in the kitchen. But, you need to be careful. Many slow cooker recipes are full of processed foods that are high in sodium. It’s best to use fresh whole ingredients and low sodium broths. Let the slow cooker do the work and reap the benefits of a healthy meal that leaves you feeling healthy and refreshed.
- Incredible Edible Eggs
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. They are a wonderful source of protein and easy to prepare. An omelet with lots of veggies is a quick, easy and delicious meal for any night of the week.
- Turn Around Take-out
When time is tight, take out might be the only option. When this happens, try to make good choices. Go for the grilled over fried and go for the side salad over carbs. If you do decide to indulge, don’t double down. Choose at least one healthy option!
- Stay Hydrated
Keeping hydrated isn’t only good for your health, it can help reduce hunger. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator and try to finish it each day. Add some flavor with sliced fruits like lemons, oranges, watermelon or vegetables like cucumber or carrot slices.
- Add Color to Your Life
Bright and bold colors are where the best nutrition is! Colorful foods are filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They also contain loads of antioxidants, which have been shown to combat stress!
- Moderation is Key!
Enjoy comfort foods on occasion. They are important in keeping you sane. Just remember that they are SOMETIMES foods. Either enjoy them less often or in smaller amounts.
These tips can apply to pretty much anyone, but are especially relevant for those who serve as a caregiver for a loved one or friend. If you are a caregiver who is looking for more tips or assistance please contact Danielle McGrath with Brooks Aging Services at 1-855-306-3387.