Feel Fast After Fast Food?

Christina Meyer-Jax, Tastemaker in Residence

Bento Box -  A compartment for health

Bento Box -  A compartment for health

Time is a top “reason” people say it’s challenging to eat healthy. I know everyone is busy.  But my challenge back is how are you prioritizing your time?  Eating healthy can actually save you time.  Less illness and trips to the doctors, more productive and energized, the reasons to believe are pretty clear.  And I ask you, “When’s the last time you felt fast after eating fast food?”

Making it happen on the fly by:

1.       Investing in a bento box.  A what?  It’s a compartmental container that you can fill with healthy and fruit, nuts, cheese, cubed meat, etc.  Heck spring for a few bento boxes.  Then you can stack them up for several lunches or snacks on the go.  Need ideas?  Check out the many Pinterest boards dedicated to building a better bento.

2.       Bringing back the Ball Jars.  These retro jars aren’t just for canning!  Stock the fridge with layered salads or yogurt/fruit/chia parfaits for on the fly breakfast and lunch.

3.       Eating fruits and veggies.  Yup it’s that easy.  It’s nature’s original fast food.  Best nutrition advice I can give is to meet your 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies per day.  It wedges out the negative food choices and fills you up on the fiber and nutrient rich ones.

4.       If it comes in a package make it a good one! Be a label reader.  Do you know and recognize the ingredients listed?  Great choices for snacks on the fly are: KIND granola bars, Justin’s Nut Butters, string cheese, trail mix (nuts, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds), Fage Greek Yogurt, Mama Chia Squeeze, Go Picnics, Way Better Spouted Snack Chips, Angie’s Boom Chicka PopCorn.

5.       “Plan” over the good stuff.  What do you mean lady?  I am referring to cooking extra portions (bulk cooking) of staples such as grilled chicken, rice, or quinoa.  Then invest in some glass storage containers and stick those “plan” overs in the fridge or freezer for future meals.  Then there are no “reasons” for not having enough time for a healthy me.