You’re running all over the place, and you know you have to follow a healthy diet, so you can fit into that wardrobe you’ll be wearing in your next photo shoot and maintain the energy needed to stay on the go. But, how are you going to find the time to make well-balanced meals that are simple enough to carry with you from one gig to the next? There are a few simple tricks to try so you can continue eating right without sacrificing your time.
When you make a home-cooked meal, automatically double it. Food preparation is usually time-consuming and feeling as if you have to make an effort to produce a home-cooked meal every night can single-handedly make you unmotivated to stick to your plan. So, the next time you have a free day to meal prep, think beyond that night’s dinner. What can you whip up that will really go the distance and can easily be reheated in the microwave? This means, defrosting more than one piece of meat and making more of those other tasty ingredients than you could possibly enjoy in just one sitting. Prepping ahead of time will make it more likely you won’t stray.
Keep a treasure trove of healthy snacks handy at all times. Put a few in your purse, in the center console of your car, on your desk at work. Always have a healthy option handy and within arms’ reach so when cravings kick in and your tummy starts to rumble, you won’t autodial the nearest take out restaurant or hunt down thoseyellow arches. Snacks such as portable protein packs, power bars, or nutritious shakes will easily fill you up without packing on the pounds or leading to an energy crash later in the day. Edamame, hummus, and fresh fruit such as bananas are other great options, according to Dan Braun of Full Plate Living.
Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Not only can this tasty treat be whipped up in just seconds, but the oats will keep you full for several hours. Add a handful of berries or drizzle with a tablespoon of raw honey for some extra, good-for-you sweetness.
Drink plenty of water. Getting your recommended intake of H2O each day will not only fill you up, but studies have shown this is a good way to keep you going. Dehydration can zap your energy. Keep a larger-than-average water bottle with you at all times so you can sip from it throughout the day without having to take the time to refill as often as you would a smaller option. Again, adding some cucumbers or a handful of fruit will provide a tasty kick that will keep you motivated to guzzle it down.
When all else fails, try stopping at a grocery store to satisfy a craving rather than pulling into a drive-thru line. Your trip is likely to take the same amount of time and there are plenty of grab-and-go options on the shelves that are better for you than a calorie-laden alternative.