It's no secret that fast food isn't healthy food, so what can you do if you're always on the go? We asked Olympic Medallist and World Champion swimmer Brent Hayden how he was able to eat healthy when he was on the go. Like cutting through the water, efficiency is key. So let's get started!
When you are in a rush and need to grab some quick groceries, the best way to save time is to not waste your time in the aisles. This isn’t only a time saver, it’s a health saver too! The aisles are where you will find all the packaged, preservative and sodium laden food. A lot of these are also extremely high in trans fats and added sugar! The only time it’s really safe to go down the aisles are for the things you need around the house (everyone poops!), your coffees/teas, oatmeal (not the flavoured kind), rice and pastas. So, stick to the outsides where you’ll find your fresh veggies, meats, and dairies! For something really fast and easy, try a baked salmon filet (I like to use cracked pepper, himalayan salt, rosemary and balsamic glaze drizzle), steamed broccoli, and quinoa!
One of the easiest ways to eat up your time is always having to go back to the grocery store because you ran out of something. Cut down on the trips by buying bulk whenever you can. Keep in mind, some things might not last as long as others, so be mindful on which items you are getting (are you really going to eat 12 avocados this week?).
Another reason why buying bulk is better is that it saves you money! Sure, that gigantic bag of plain almonds might be more expensive than that 450g bag, but you’ll get a lot more, and comparing gram for gram, it is actually cheaper.
Having food ready to go that just needs to be popped in the microwave is probably the best thing you can do when you’re in a time crunch. What is even greater about this, because you’re preparing for multiple days at once, you’ll have better control over what you’re eating, as well as your portions.
But meal prepping is only for body builders! WRONG! Haven’t you ever made too much for one sitting? Or taken left overs home after a huge thanksgiving dinner? You’re basically already an amateur meal prepper! All you have to do to take your game to the next level, is just make a little bit more with a little more “intention” to have some left over for the next day, or the day after that, or the day after that, or the day after…nevermind…now it’s probably too old…throw that in the compost!
According to Registered Dietician Alissa Rumsey, "Mild dehydration is often masked as feelings of hunger, when really your body just needs fluids," (source). So, whether you’re at the gym, running errands, or at your work/office, have a reusable water bottle with you. Not only is this good for the environment, you won’t have to make your way down the hall to the vending machine (time saved!) where you will have to combat the voices in your head telling you to grab that cold delicious fizzy sugar filled teeth rotting stomach bloating soda. Don’t have a reusable bottle? We got you covered! Grab your Astra Athletica BlenderBottle here!
Gotta get some calories and nutrient dense food in you quickly? Smoothies are a great tasting and convenient way of doing that. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or just wanting to keep your energy going throughout the day, there is a smoothie recipe for you!
Try Brent Hayden's superhuman smoothie recipe:
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