“I would eat healthier, but I just don’t have the time.”
“I never eat breakfast! I just don’t wake up hungry, but I’m starving by lunch!”
“Oh, I don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning. I just grab a donut on the way to work.”
These are all excuses I’ve heard for why people don’t eat healthier. I say, instead of making excuses, make a plan! Eating well can be fun, easy, and down right delicious. Follow these tips for overnight success:
1. Egg muffins. It’s like an omelet in a muffin cup! Sautéyour favorite veggies, place them in muffin cups that have been very well buttered or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Whisk together a dozen eggs, salt and pepper, evenly distribute among the muffin cups. Bake at 350 and voila! Do this over the weekend, and you’ll have breakfast ready to go for several mornings.
2. Overnight oats. Who doesn’t love creamy, warm oatmeal in the morning? Well all you need to do is chop up some of your favorite fruit – I like bananas and blueberries – add some walnuts or almonds, top with a serving of oats and almond milk, stir in a teaspoon of honey and a dash of cinnamon. Even distribute among small glass jars. In the morning, grab a jar, add a little water, heat in the microwave and you have breakfast in about 1 minute!
3. Smoothies.I drink a smoothie almost every morning, so this is one of my absolute favorite ways to stay on track. I call my smoothies everything but the kitchen sink, because I put so many good-for-you ingredients in them. So, instead of waiting until morning, I like to add a handful of blueberries and spinach, a scoop of protein powder, some chia seeds, flax meal, maca root, almond butter, and almond milk to the blender. In the morning, add a frozen banana, blend and go!
4. Meal prep your lunch.If you are anything like me, busy mornings are not the ideal time to make good decisions about what I’m having for lunch. There are kids to get out the door, dogs to feed, papers to organize. It’s just too much. I spend about 1-2 hours on Sunday putting together my lunches for the week. This way, when I go to pack my lunch, the hard work is done for me! I do this with snacks too. Divide hummus and veggies in small containers, individually portion your own trail mix with nuts, dark chocolate and dried cranberries, the possibilities are endless.
I hope this helps keep you on track, so you never lose your way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the occasional donut, but trust me when I say that following these tips will set you up for success all day long.