5 Ways Your Family Can Eat Healthy When You're Busy

shutterstock_39136057.jpgEditor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2014 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy.
Between work, school, sports, friends, and errands, it can be hard to make a delicious home cooked meal every day for your family. The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice good food when you’re on the go. You just have to plan ahead and set yourself up for success. Follow these tips to help your family eat healthy when you’re busy.
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Always be Prepared
Planning ahead can save your pocketbook, diet, and sanity in the long run. Store a small “survival kit” in your car with dried fruits, nuts, granola bars, and water bottles. You can also add in protein powder packets (that simply need water) for an on-the-go meal replacement.

Fall in Love with Your Slowcooker
We know it can be hard to think about dinner at breakfast time, but tossing in all your ingredients into one pot and letting it simmer on low most of the day means you get to (finally) relax in the late afternoon.

Keep it Simple
Every meal doesn’t need to be 5 star restaurant quality. A grilled chicken salad over fresh greens and veggies is a great healthy summer meal. You can add bold flavor with simple ingredients like lemons, black pepper, garlic, mustard, and other spices. For more bold flavor ideas, take a peek at Whole Foods’ Add Flavor, Naturally guide.

Order Ahead
If your hands are tied and you must eat out, instead of heading to the nearest fast food chain, opt for a local restaurant or cafe and call your order in for pick up. You can also have fresh seasonal produce delivered straight to your doorstep from local farms using Farm Fresh to You.

Frozen in Style
Your freezer is crying out to be filled with healthy meals! Take a few hours each month to prepare and freeze home cooked meals that can easily be thawed and cooked. You don’t have to pre-cook everything, you can freeze chopped veggies, chicken stock, and beans to throw into a pot for an easy dinner soup. Check out these 18 freezer meals from Delish.

For more healthy meal ideas, read our Easy & Healthy On-the-go Lunch Options blog post.

If you need assistance with developing a healthy diet to fit your goals and needs, speak with one of our Certified Personal Trainers. 

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