Are you a busy professional, always on the go and struggling to find the time to do your washing, make the gym or reply to those 12 group chats – let alone maintain a nutritious diet? You're not alone. With longer than we like to admit work hours and a packed schedule, it can be challenging to find time to prepare healthy meals and avoid grab and go junk. But with a little planning and creativity, you can eat well even when you're short on time. Here are some quick and nutritious meal ideas for when you're on the go:
- Mason Jar Salads: These are perfect for a grab-and-go lunch. Simply layer your favourite greens, vegetables, and protein (such as chicken or tofu) in a mason jar and add a dressing of your choice. When you're ready to eat, just give it a shake!
- Smoothies: Smoothies are a great way to pack in a lot of nutrients in one convenient drink. Try blending frozen berries, banana, spinach, and almond milk for a sweet and healthy treat. We like to add flaxseed or chai seeds to bulk out a little and add that extra fullness.
- Energy Bites: These are easy to make in advance and are a great snack option. Mix together rolled oats, nut butter, honey, and any other ingredients you like (such as chocolate chips or dried fruit). Form the mixture into balls and store in the fridge, as simple as that!
- Veggie Wrap: Double up your veggie portion when cooking the night before and use up in a wrap the next day. Wrap up some roasted vegetables (such as bell peppers and zucchini), hummus, and your favourite protein (such as chicken or tofu) in a whole-grain tortilla for a quick and tasty meal, making the most of yesterdays cooking.
Eating well doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming, be savvy about your cooking so that you’ve optimised your time and nutrition. With these quick and nutritious meal ideas, you can fuel your body whilst keep up a busy schedule. Give them a try and see the difference it makes in your health and energy levels!