When you’re working full-time, dealing with family demands, and you’re attempting to have a social life, trying to incorporate healthy foods into your daily meals can seem too much of a chore. We think about how to make it happen, but it just doesn’t go as planned. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be all that difficult to fit healthy foods into your diet – and you may be eating some of them already without even realizing it. Click Monica’s Health Mag for more info.
Even if you usually find yourself rushing about in the mornings, you should always make time for the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast just makes you more likely to snack later on, and why do that when it’s really easy to make something healthy and quickly? You could whip up a fruit smoothie, including blueberries, raspberries and bananas to get some superfoods in right at the beginning of the day, or make yourself a fried egg with spinach. If you really don’t have time, then grab yourself a Greek yogurt to eat with some fruit when you get to work. When you have an evening to spare, you could have a go at this bran muffins recipe, only 168 calories per muffin, including banana. These can be eaten right on the go and it’s a perfect way to fit a healthy breakfast into your day.
Surprisingly, a lot of meals that you’re probably already eating will contain some of the best superfoods. Fish and mushrooms, for example, are a staple on many weeknight dinner menus at home because they’re both really quick and easy, but as well as that, both of these foods are really nutritious. Fish is the best source of omega-3, which has great health benefits for your body and brain, while mushrooms contain a generous amount of vitamin B and iron. Both of these foods are also really versatile working well as a starter in a larger meal or as a main course on their own.
What you’ll find even more interesting is that if you’ve treated yourself to a take-out recently, you’ve probably, inadvertently, eaten something that’s healthier than you think. People often associate take-out with fats and unhealthy ingredients, but many Chinese and Indian dishes actually contain superfoods. Bok Choy, a vegetable often referred to as one of the healthiest in the world, contains all the essential vitamins and minerals you need and is present in a variety of Chinese stir-fry dishes and wonton recipes. Similarly, lentils, which help to lower cholesterol and aid in healthy digestion, are included in a variety of Indian dishes, such as Tarka Dahl and some curry recipes. Now you know there’s no need to feel guilty about ordering that take-out, have a look at a menu here (or here for UK readers) to find out whether you’ve been eating some hidden superfoods.
Cost and Convenience
When trying to save money, it can seem cheaper to buy a convenience meal rather than going out to buy a whole list of ingredients and cooking up a healthy dinner. However, there’s no reason why eating healthily can’t be cheap, too. At the beginning of the week, write out a whole list of quick, but healthy recipes, choose recipes that incorporate the same ingredients (like spinach and tomato) to save yourself money, and head out to buy everything you need in one trip, rather than heading to the shops every night. If in doubt, this site has some great ideas for healthy meals that can be cooked in less than 12 minutes (the spinach lasagna is particularly good).