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Food Tips for a Busy Week

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Fruit basket on the kitchen table.The idea of eating healthy gets a bad rap when it comes to providing meals in a pinch. A lot of people have the idea that preparing healthy food is time consuming—but it doesn’t have to be! So before you pull into the drive-through for a meal on your rushed days, consider these tips for eating healthy during your busier weeks.

Tip #1: Feast on Fruit

Grabbing a healthy snack can be as simple as keeping a fruit basket or bowl on your counter. That way you can easily grab a piece as you run out the door. Apples, bananas, grapes, cherries…chomp into them while on the go.

Tip #2 Breakfast Matters

No matter how busy you are, do not skip breakfast! This all-star meal boosts performance throughout the day and helps to stabilize blood sugars. Try to incorporate protein into your morning meal by eating a hardboiled egg, Greek yogurt, or even last night’s leftover chicken. Check out these new Oatmeal and Fruit bowls from Seneca Farms—pop them in the micro for 45 seconds with no need to add water or milk!

Tip #3 Wrap it Up

Use “wrappers” for quick, easy meals. Whole grain pita pockets and tortillas are great for a yummy breakfast wrap or midday sandwich. Trying to limit carbs? Collard greens are a great substitute for your traditional wrap. Fill them with hummus and your favorite veggies for a satisfying and nutritious vegetarian lunch.

Tip #4 Prepare Ahead of Time

Make a habit of cooking grains and beans on the weekends to that you can have them on hand throughout the week. Add chopped veggies into your pre-made grains for a great side dish, or add black beans for protein in a salad for lunch.

Tip #5: A Family Affair

Get the family involved to help cut down on dinner prep time. Have the kids help with setting the table, washing vegetables, mixing ingredients, and kitchen clean-up. Not only will it make the process easier for you, it will teach the kids how to pitch in and to manage responsibilities.

Too busy is not an excuse to not eat right. If that was the case, we’d never eat right! Take the few minutes it takes to plan out healthy meals and snacks for you and your family.

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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