A Busy Girl's Guide to Healthy Eating
This is a guest post written by Emma Lawson.
Work, errands, chores, friends, dates, family time, shopping, gym time, beauty routines… Aren’t we forgetting another vital point on a busy girl’s daily agenda? We are, indeed: meal time. With all those must-haves and should-dos, a modern lady barely has the time to wolf down a fistful of almonds, let alone buy and cook groceries herself. Still, food quality matters for energy levels, long-term health, and shape of your skin and hair, which is why you should pay attention to the items on your menu. The good news is healthy eating isn’t all cardboard flavor and no cookie if you know how to go about it – and if you don’t, here are a few smart tips which will make sure your tummy runs smoothly and your Oomph stays high round the clock.
Clean up your kitchen act, please
Before you barge in wielding blenders and ladles, take the time to clean up your kitchen act. This means both sanitizing all surfaces, from floors to countertops, as well as ditching processed food from your menu and focusing on fresh organic ingredients that are more nutritious, tastier, and better for your long-term health. It may also be a wise move to eliminate white foods from your diet to minimize intake of bad carbohydrates and keep your weight in check.
Have a meal game plan in place
Hastily thrown-together meals aren’t exactly a joy to the palate, which is why it’s vital to have a meal plan in place well in advance. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours slaving over the oven, mind you: it just means you should look up healthy food recipes online and buy groceries based on a detailed list. If you’re not an avid cook, you should browse restaurant and delivery service menus before ordering as to be informed about healthy takeout options.
Eat breakfast like a healthy girl
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you shouldn’t skip it however busy you may be. By starting the day with a brekkie centered on protein, complex carbs, and healthy fat, you’ll keep your engines humming, prevent cravings, and dial up metabolism at the same time. Short on healthy breakfast ideas? Here, try these two recipes and scoop lasting health and appetizing flavors in a single serving.
- 300g oatmeal
- 300g spelt flakes
- 300g barley flakes
- topping (optional)
1. Toast oatmeal, barley, and spelt flakes in the frying pan for five minutes ‘till crisp and gold and store in an airtight container when cool.
2. For a single serving, combine 50g multigrain porridge blend with 300ml milk or juice and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Drizzle with organic honey, maple syrup or agave nectar and add a handful of strawberry slices, banana chips, or dark chocolate nibs.
Cardamom and peach quinoa porridge
- 75g quinoa
- 25g porridge oats
- 250ml unsweetened almond milk
- 250ml water
- 4 cardamom pods
- 2 ripe peaches
- 1 tsp maple syrup
1. Cook quinoa, oats, and cardamom in a saucepan with 250ml water and 100ml almond milk and let the mix simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining almond milk and cook for five more minutes until smooth and creamy.
2. Take out cardamom pods, pour the blend into Bodum jars or bowls, let the porridge cool, and top by peach slices and maple syrup.
Cook ahead – and in abundance
Making your own meals every day can be a real bore, especially if you’re not into cooking. To cut food prep hassle, make large batches of two or three different meals and store them in airtight containers which you’ll put in the freezer and defrost before serving. Pre-cooking meals will help you avoid waste of time during the workweek and you’ll also have a healthy lunch to-go at hand on days when having a proper homemade lunch at home isn’t an option. Still, do note that most cooked meals should be eaten within a day or two upon defrosting, while refrigerated foods will be safe for munching for a maximum of three days: after that, you should throw away leftovers.
Healthy eating can be a piece of cake – and a delicious one, no less. Simply follow the tips above and you’ll soon notice daily Oomph increasing, digestive function normalizing, and stubborn fat stock melting away. Bon appétit!