Monday, February 1, 2016

4 Quick, Easy, & Healthy Meals for People on the Go

This is a guest post from Sara that I think you will enjoy!

When was the last time you went home from work, cooked a healthy dinner, and sat down to enjoy it? If you’re like most people, you either likely can’t recall because it was so long ago or your answer is “never.” 

Between demanding work schedules, home obligations, running kids here and there, attending family functions, going to after-work meetings, and sometimes doing things you actually enjoy, it can be difficult to eat nutritious meals. Difficult, but not impossible.

If you’re looking for some quick, easy, and healthy meal options that will work with your active lifestyle, then look no more. Here are four to consider:

1. Crock Pot Oatmeal

Are you guilty of never eating a good-for-you breakfast because you simply don’t have the time? Well, now you can set that excuse aside because it really doesn’t get any easier than crock pot oatmeal, which you prepare the night before. 

In fact, one Overnight Oatmeal recipe shares that it takes only five minutes and the only ingredients you use are water, steel-cut oats, dried cranberries and apricots, and a little salt to taste. That’s quick and easy enough, right?

2. Sandwich Wraps

Bread sandwiches can get easily squished or soggy thanks to the condiments or toppings. A healthy solution to both problems is to use whole wheat wraps to make your sandwiches. They’re simple to make and you can fill them with a bunch of healthy ingredients. Plus, they hold everything inside better, which means less spillage if you’re eating them on the go.

To make them, start with a lean protein in your wrap, something like turkey or ham. Then add any veggies you like as you have many options, from lettuce to tomato to spinach to peppers. For a condiment, depending on your taste, you can add oil and vinegar, a little mustard, or simply salt and pepper. Whip these together in just minutes and they’ll be fine all day long. (Eating Well offers an array of healthy wrap recipes if you need some ideas.)

3. Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Part of eating healthy means getting in your daily allotment of fruits and veggies, which can be hard when you’re always running around. Fortunately, one option that doesn’t take a lot of time and is pretty easy is juicing. All you do is throw all of your ingredients in the juicer and you have a healthy drink that is ready to travel with you.

Not only does juicing allow you to get your nutrients in, but it can also help you improve your overall health. For instance, one woman was able to get rid of her skin disease through juicing and integrative nutrition techniques. If it’s that powerful for her, just imagine what it could do for you!

4. Trail Mix

When you’re not super hungry but you need to get something in your stomach, you might want to consider a trail mix. It only takes a couple of minutes to throw all of the ingredients in a bag or bowl and you’ve got a snack that will be good to eat, no matter if it’s left in the hot or cold.

Famous chef Giada De Leaurentiis has a recipe for Goji Berry Trail Mix that you may want to try if you don’t have one of your own. It contains raw almonds and walnuts, goji berries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and dried apricots. Yum!

Eating healthy while on the go is possible and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Follow these four suggestions and you’ll be eating more nutritiously without spending hours to do it!

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