Busy girl’s guide to eating well

I wouldn’t exactly say that I am “lazy” — but there sure are times when I like to minimize my exertion. That is especially true when I am anticipating a busy day, in the middle of a busy day or at the end of a busy day.

Although I deal with that throughout the school year, it is definitely true this summer when I will have regular 10-hour days.

Rather than adding additional stress to my days by worrying about my meals, I’m trying to strategize and plan ahead for healthy, satisfying breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Here’s what I’ve been doing so far…

Breakfasts

There’s no denying that I am a breakfast fan — I’d even say it’s my favorite meal of the day if it wasn’t for dessert.

But, with busy days, it’s more necessary than ever to eat filling, nutritious meals to start off the day. My go-to option should be no surprise…

Consumed: 1/3 C oats cooked with 2/3 C water. Topped with a drizzle of maple syrup, peanut butter and dried berries.

Not only is oatmeal delicious, but it truly is a good example of a nutritious meal. The whole-grains of the oats offers 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving — add on a tablespoon of peanut butter and that’s 9 grams of protein!

Even better, oatmeal is a blank slate. I like topping it with dried berries, fresh fruit, cottage cheese and a little sweetness.

Lunches

Because I’m interning an hour’s drive away, I don’t have the convenience of going home.

Because I’m on a cheap college student’s budget, I don’t have the luxury of eating out.

Basically, that means I’m brown bagging it.

My saving grace is that I have access to a refrigerator. That allows me to pack salads in the morning with big servings of fresh vegetables, beans or tofu for protein and some brown rice or quinoa for extra energy. I also like rounding it out with some fresh fruit.

However, when there isn’t a refrigerator, that doesn’t mean I can get by without lunch. In those cases, I pack easy, portable foods like…

Although I like the convenience of these snacks, I really love the nutritional punch that they still pack.

I also carry along a container filled with a homemade trail-mix of almonds, dried berries and Kashi Go Lean cereal.

Dinner

I get home from my internship after 6 o’clock, which means that I don’t want to spend a ton of time fussing with a fancy dinner. I also don’t want to forfeit nutrition.

Even more than with the other meals, the key with dinner is just planning ahead — have nutritious ingredients around the house to quickly throw together as a complete meal.

In today’s case, I spent my whole drive home dreaming up a simple egg dinner.

Consumed: Baby carrots, two eggs whites + one whole egg, one thin slice of Swiss cheese, two slices of Great Harvest roasted red pepper, swiss and spinach bread.

The meal itself wasn’t complex, but that was alright because it gave all the flavors a chance to stand out. I mean, a little cheese goes a l-o-n-g way…

Especially when it is baked INSIDE the bread.

That’s that. Nothing crazy and nothing complex. Just a few meals that really do the trick in fueling me through a long day!

Oh, and a little dessert at the end of the day is an absolute must to maintain sanity. I’m just sayin’.

Questions: What are your favorite “busy day” meals? Do you usually eat lunch at home, on-the-go or at a restaurant?

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