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Being a busy woman, chances are that you have almost no time to eat. Or you don’t take the time to eat. Let alone eat a healthy meal, right? We have a lot of other things to keep track of and things we need to do. And all of a sudden it’s dinner time. But you have no time to cook a healthy meal. Now what?
To be productive, you need to be on your best. That means you need to make healthy choices. Not only regarding your sleep and exercise but surely regarding your eating as well. A healthy meal gives us the energy we need throughout the day. Plus you want your family to eat healthy too, right? You need to make time to eat.
How to make time to eat
There are a bunch of things you can do to make sure you get the nutrition your body needs to make it through the day. Let’s look at a couple of them.
To avoid the stress of needing to cook just before dinner time, you can prepare your meals in advance. That way you don’t need as much time at that moment to prepare a healthy meal for your family. Keep reading for more on this topic…
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Cook for 2 days ahead
When you know you have a busy day ahead of you, you can make extra for that day, so cooking will be easier. Whenever I know that I will run late because of an appointment or I will be home late in the afternoon for whatever reason, I make a bigger meal the day before that we can eat for 2 days. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than the alternative.
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Put it on the calendar
This may sound strange but schedule your meals. By putting eating healthy on the calendar, you set aside time to eat. Make sure you include the time to prepare for your meals as well. You put your restaurant outings on the calendar too, right? So why not try it with the meals you enjoy at home?
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Make your meal for on the go
When you really can’t be home for dinner, you can always make a meal to take with you. That way you can make a healthy choice before resorting to a drive-through meal or a pizza.
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Challenges for eating healthy
As you probably know, there are quite a few challenges when it comes to eating healthy. It’s not always having no time to eat. You need to source for healthy recipes, make time to go shopping for ingredients, and actually prepare the meal.
To save you valuable time, there is a solution for this: meal box subscriptions. Sure it costs a bit more money, but you get that back in time-saved. Another plus on meal boxes is, you get what you need for the recipes included, so no extra ingredients that could go to waste. This saves you money but also time to go through your fridge every so often.
Healthy recipes to get you started
Is a meal box subscription not the answer you’re looking for, and you rather look for your own recipes, then why not give the following ones a chance to end up on your meal plan?
All these ladies have delicious recipes for all kinds of meals. Go check them out.
If there is a recipe that you would like to try, please pin it from that blogger’s site. Give them some well-deserved love. Thank you!
Crispy Indian Chickpeas
These crispy Indian chickpeas are delicious, healthy, and easy to make. You can use them in your salads, soups, or as a crunchy snack. Go check them out on Hannah's site.
Simple Vegan Masala Curry with Fresh Vegetables
Another recipe from Hannah is this Vegan Masala Curry, which is her mom's favorite. Maybe it will become your favorite too. Her top tip is to add a little bit of coconut milk if you prefer creamier curries!
20 Minute Vegetable Stroganoff
Becca brings us this delicious vegetable stroganoff which takes only 20 minutes before you can dig in. Quick and healthy because of all those veggies!
Delicious Vegetable Pasta Sauce
Perfect for meal prepping on your Sunday afternoon and to keep at hand for when you have not much time, is this pasta sauce from Shivani. It's full of vegetables and gluten-free
Mediterranean Prawn Salad
Do you need a low-carb salad with your meal or maybe as a light lunch, then this is what you are looking for. Petra shows us how to put it all together.
Shiitake & Prawn Miso Soup
Another suggestion from Petra is this miso soup with shiitake and prawns. It only takes 15 minutes to make and is low carb. If you are a vegetarian you could leave the prawns out and use tofu instead.
Vegan Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Carina has a delicious recipe for us that takes a little bit longer to prepare. So when you have the time, try this one out for sure. They are so hearty and filling and you can adapt them to suit with other ingredients. These are also gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.
Spinach Chickpea Curry - With Coconut, Not Tomatoes
This is a quick recipe again. It only takes you 20 minutes which you can serve with rice or flatbreads. A super quick, easy and tasty vegan main served to you by Choclette.
Easy Homemade Chicken Stir Fry
Eb has a whole website full of easy healthy recipes. This chicken stir fry is just one of them. It could be your next ‘go-to’ quick and easy midweek meal. It sure looks delicious!!
Easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts (Nando’s Copycat)
In 20 minutes you have these tasteful chicken breasts on your dinner table for your family to enjoy. Serve with Eb's Homemade Nando’s Spicy Rice and a green salad and you are good to go!
Easy Vegetable Pilau Rice (vegan)
Shivana delights us with this healthy recipe. In her own words: "This quick vegetable pilau rice recipe is the perfect standalone dish or accompaniment to curries. Vegan, gluten-free, and ready in under 30 minutes!"
Tortellini Bake with Bacon & Mushrooms
Now I think this looks so delicious! Have you ever made a tortellini bake before? I'm sure going to give this one a try. It is healthy, ready in 35 minutes and you can even use your shop-bought pasta. Now if that isn't quick, I don't know what is...
Another pasta dish is this good looking spaghetti carbonara. Ready in under 15 minutes this is a perfect speedy weeknight dinner if ever there was one, according to Chloe.
Roasted New Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
Fancy something different than traditional roasted potatoes? Try these roasted new potatoes with garlic and rosemary. These potatoes are a welcome variation to mashed potatoes or chips. Go give them a try!
Aren’t all those meals looking delicious? Now what you can do to keep eating healthy and try out all of this yummy-ness, is making a meal plan. That way you know what ingredients to buy when you have the time to go grocery shopping. Another tip is buying ingredients that are already chopped. It saves time when preparing your meals.
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By having a meal plan for the week, you know what’s for dinner, so you don’t need to find something by the time everyone is hungry. The first man home can start dinner already so that everyone can dig in when they come home.
My friend Taran from Undomestic Mom has this wonderful article where you can find out more about proper meal prepping.
Give these tips and recipes a try and find out it’s not that difficult to keeping it healthy when you “have no time to eat”.
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