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How to Eat Healthy When You're Busy

Work, errands, chores and family duties can have you running from place to place, making it feel like you barely have time to breathe. When you’re busy, you may grab unhealthy snacks or eat out often. Consuming unhealthy foods can leave you feeling tired and run down and can lead to medical problems.

Make Sure Healthy Foods are Available
Not all processed foods are bad for you, but many are filled with sugar, fat and ingredients that you can’t pronounce. It’s important to read labels and look for the healthiest options.

Preparing your own meals and snacks can be a better strategy because you’ll have complete control over what you’re eating and will be able to avoid unhealthy ingredients. If nutritious foods are always available, you won’t have an excuse to eat things that you know aren’t good for you.

Meal Prep
The thought of making a sandwich each morning before work or cooking dinner after a long workday can feel overwhelming. You don’t have to do those things to eat healthy. 

Instead, you can prepare nutritious meals and snacks in large quantities so you have enough for several days, or even for an entire week. Simply make more than you ordinarily would, then pack up the leftovers in individual containers that you can store in the refrigerator or freezer until you need them. Meal prepping can save you a lot of time and help you avoid unplanned purchases from restaurants and convenience stores, which will save you money.

Prepare Ingredients Ahead of Time
Chopping vegetables can be time consuming and can lengthen the amount of time needed to prepare a meal. Instead of cutting vegetables every time you cook, set aside some time to cut them up all at once. It will save you time later and keep you from getting too stressed out. If you don’t have time to cut lots of veggies, you can pay a little more to buy ones that are already chopped. 

You can prepare other ingredients, such as various types of protein, in advance. Then, when you’re pressed for time, you can combine them in a variety of ways to whip up a quick and nutritious meal.

Choose Restaurant Meals Wisely
There will be times when you decide to eat out with relatives, friends or colleagues. When you look at a menu, focus on healthy options with lots of vegetables and lean protein and minimal amounts of sugar and fat. 

Restaurants often serve portions that are much too large for the average person to eat in one sitting. Split a meal with someone else or have half of your portion wrapped so you can take it home and eat it at another time.