Staying Healthy in a Busy World by Leslie’s Lifestyle Nutrition

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Staying Healthy in a Busy World by Leslie’s Lifestyle Nutrition

01/02/2017

STAYING HEALTHY IN A BUSY WORLD

By Leslie Herman

Let’s face it, keeping healthy is tough!  Today’s world is so busy and fast paced, who has time to eat healthy, right?  WRONG!  We all have responsibilities like raising a family, going to work or school and running errands.  We often get caught up in the “rat race” and our nutrition suffers.  When we aren’t feeding ourselves the right foods, we become stressed which causes sleep disturbances, weight and hormonal issues and nervous system disorders like anxiety and depression.  We are constantly pushing ourselves to the limit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t nourish our body with good food.

Our ancestors were a lot healthier than we are today because they took the time to plant a garden, raise their own livestock, can and pickle foods and prepare good, wholesome meals.  They didn’t consume near the sugar or packaged foods we do today and they stayed home more often.  And although there is a growing trend to “get back to the basics”, for some it’s easier said than done.  The on the go lifestyle that we have become accustomed to, either needs to slow down to protect our health, or we need to find ways to increase our well-being while living in this busy world.  So, how can you live healthy and feel good while on the go?

  • Plan– Always make sure you have plenty of washed and cut up fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator.  If they are ready to go, then there is no excuse not to eat them.  Eat a variety of coloured foods like red peppers, cucumbers, oranges, bananas and all leafy greens to get the full benefit from all the phytochemicals they contain.
  • Cook Extra– Anytime you are preparing a meal at home, whether it’s grilled chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, rice or quinoa, cook extra and freeze it.  If you have pre-portioned, already cooked food in the freezer, then it’s easy to throw something together to take with you.
  • Nuts and Seeds– These superfoods are healthy and convenient to throw in a purse or bag, or to keep in your vehicle.  Nuts like walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are nutrient dense and will help stabilize your blood sugar, helping to control cravings.
  • Eat Regular, Smaller Meals– This allows your body to have a constant source of fuel to keep your sugar levels even.  When blood sugar is stable, your energy, your mood and your mental clarity are greatly improved.
  • Drink Lots of Water– Your body is made up of 60% water so you need to consume a lot!  Drinking water all day long helps to flush out toxins, combat fatigue, prevent pain, fight sickness and keeps your skin healthy and glowing.
  • Smoothies– Smoothies are an easy meal on the go.  Get a good quality vegan protein powder like Sunwarrior, add some nut milk, fiber-rich chia seeds and cinnamon and you’re good to go.  Or, make ahead and freeze.  Add spinach, avocado and banana to protein powder, blend and freeze.  Take it with you and allow to thaw for a few hours.  It will be ready to eat when you need it.
  • Cook with your Kids- Including your kids in your daily cooking is a great way to teach them from an early age that nutrition is important.  Have the kids help you prepare healthy meals on the weekend to freeze for those busy nights during the week.  Have them do the mixing, measuring and adding of ingredients.
  • Bring a Small Cooler-  Keeping a small cooler in your vehicle makes it easier to transport food on the go.

Some of my favourite on the go snacks include:

  • Hard-boiled eggs- A great source of protein and healthy fats that satiate you and keep you going.
  • Previously cooked and chilled oatmeal or quinoa-  Cook oatmeal/quinoa as per directions and add almond milk, cinnamon and sliced almonds.  Store in a cooler until ready to eat.  The fiber in the oatmeal/quinoa with help control blood sugar and keep you fuelled.
  • Veggies dipped in a greek yogurt dip-  The greek yogurt adds some protein to help keep your blood sugar stable.  To make dip, just add some dill weed or onion powder to yogurt.
  • Homemade Granola Bars-  See recipe below
  • NaUghTy Bites- See recipe below

Healthy Granola Bars

1 cup nut or seed butter

½ cup raw honey

½ cup oats

2/3 cup raw cacao

¼ cup goji berries

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup hemp hearts

Cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla

Combine butter and honey in a pot and heat until warm and smooth.  Add rest of ingredients and press into 8X8 pan.  Put in fridge to cool.

 

NaUghTy Bites

4 medjool dates

1 tbsp. hemp hearts

1 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds

1 heaping scoop classic Sunwarrior protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)

1 tbsp. walnut, cashew or almond butter

2 tbsp. chia seeds

2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tbsp. raw honey

I tbsp. shredded coconut

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp. warm water

Place all ingredients in your food processor and blend.  Add 1 tbsp. of warn water at a time and blend.  Assess the consistency (it may take 1-3 tbsp.).  Form into 1 inch balls and roll in raw cacao or coconut.  Store in container in fridge. Makes 1 dozen.

For more information contact Leslie’s Lifestyle Nutrition

306-725-8078

hermangirl05@hotmail.com

 

3 Responses to “Staying Healthy in a Busy World by Leslie’s Lifestyle Nutrition”

  1. Rhonda says:

    I loved this post. I’m a busy, working mom of two with a shift worker husband so I find I need all the tips I can get to stay healthy. I’m curious about reheating frozen meals: do you just let them thaw and eat them cold or microwave them? Also, I saw that you offer a cooking class on nutritious meals. Can you share more on this?

  2. Rhonda says:

    What’s the difference between medjool dates and regular dates? Is it worth the price difference?

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