With all of the fast food choices available today even those without a crazy schedule have a hard time making healthy choices. Throw in the added complication of a busy schedule and the choices seem to be twice as hard.
Fortunately consumers are recognizing that even though they may be pressed for time, there are still ways to incorporate healthy eating into our daily lives. Because of the push from consumers, fast food restaurants are adding more healthy choices to their menus such as salads, juices and milk, and fresh fruits. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to a diet can be one of the easiest things a person can do because most fruits and vegetables do not need to be cooked and are in fact more healthy when eaten raw. Chop up some carrots and celery which can be thrown in a bag for a snack on the run, or grab an apple or a banana for a quick bite on the go.
Many grocery stores are now offering pre-cooked meats such as rotisserie chicken which can be shredded and thrown on top of a salad, eaten as a lettuce wrap or added to frozen vegetables with a little sauce for a quick stir-fry. The same can be done with canned tuna, or you can add a can of kidney beans or chickpeas for protein and as a substitute for the meat.
Nuts are also a great choice for a snack on the go. Sunflower seeds are full of antioxidants, as are walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, pomegranate seeds, the list goes on and on. Seeds are also a good source of vitamins and fiber, which is sorely lacking in today’s diet. Some nuts contain high levels of melatonin, which has been shown to lower stress levels and help us to sleep at night.
Another area where we tend to overindulge is with the caffeinated beverages we drink. The average office worker will consume anywhere from one to 10 cups of coffee every day. Or they may start with the coffee in the morning and switch to soda in the afternoon. Either way it is too much caffeine and in the case of soda, way too much sugar to be consuming on a daily basis. One way to help make a change for the better is to substitute the coffee for tea. Some types of tea will still give the caffeine boost you crave and tea is full of antioxidants as well. Teas come in several different flavors and strengths and some are known to help digestion as well as helping to calm us down when stressed.
The bottom line is that it is much easier today to incorporate a healthy diet into our daily lives, no matter how hectic our schedules are. Once you make the change and start eating a healthy, balanced diet you will notice that your stress levels will decrease and you will feel healthier in general, ready to take on whatever the day may bring.