Tips to Eat Healthy – How to Plan Healthy Meals and Snacks

We all want to eat better, right?  However, it is so hard.  Your life is  hectic.  Everyone in your household is busy -always running to and fro.  If you could just get a few quick tips to get you on the right track!!!  Well, you have come to the right place!!  Today we are going to discuss tips to eat healthy – how to plan for healthy snacks and meals in an easy-to-execute way!!

 

Before I get into the details, you will notice that each section has something in common.  Each section requires pre-planning before the meal is consumed.  It is easier to plan for a meal/snack that you are not starving for right now!!

 

Tips to eat healthyBreakfast

Let’s start planning for breakfast the night before.  The night before, have all household members write out their breakfast desires on a sheet of paper or a chart.  Need an easy-to-use handy-dandy tool?  Click here for a Breakfast Made Easier! Tool.  The Breakfast Made Easier! Tool can be personalized to meet the needs of your household.  We have been using this Tool for over a year now, and boy are we happy with it!

 

 

Tips to eat healthyHealthy Snacks

Prepare your healthy snacks in the morning. Have a cooler available to store the healthy snacks in for on-the-go consumption.  We prefer tote coolers because they come in a variety of sizes and are easy to carry.  Additionally, I wash the tote cooler in cold water (no dryer of course).  I don’t know if you are supposed to do this, but I haven’t had any problems.  I use Coleman Chillers to keep the snacks in the cooler nice and chilled.

 

These are our tote coolers.

 

 

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Small Tote Cooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is some healthy food all ready to go into the cooler!

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Do you need some healthy snack ideas?  Well, our first rule of thumb is that if it is not healthy, it does not go into the tote bag.  My kids wouldn’t even dream of asking for cookies or chips.  We recognize cookies and chips as desserts.  Okay to eat, but in small quantities.  We are a very active family.  We need snacks that help us with our energy.  Before a snack goes in the bag I ask myself 3 questions:

 

  1. 1.       Will it hydrate us?
  2. 2.       Will it provide protein?
  3. 3.       Will it provide a healthy carb?

 

The answer must be “yes” to at least one of these questions.  Here are a few items that go over well for us.  Maybe they can help you out too!

 

  • ·         Bottles of Water
  • ·         Plain Bagels (I know, I know, wheat would be better, but we don’t like wheat bagels!!  J)
  • ·         Blueberries
  • ·         Apples
  • ·         Grapes
  • ·         Bananas
  • ·         Chicken Breast Strips (I simply heat up frozen chicken breasts on the stove with a little salt, pepper and granulated garlic.  Then, I cut the chicken into strips using my kitchen shears)
  • ·         Strawberries
  • ·         Romaine Lettuce
  • ·         Wheat bread

 

tips to eat healthyLunch

Prepare your lunch in the am at the same time that you prepare your healthy snacks.  When preparing lunch, I ask the same questions that I do for healthy snacks:

 

  1. 1.       Will it hydrate us?
  2. 2.       Will it provide protein?
  3. 3.       Will it provide a healthy carb?

 

We find that we like to eat a lot of the same items for lunch as we do for snacks!  The only addition that we usually make is to add raisins (for me, the kids do not like them) and cheese.  The kids also like to have a small dessert in their lunches (usually two Newman-Os cookies or Fruit by the Foot).

 

During the summer, the lunch food goes in the same tote as the healthy snacks.  During the school year, the kids use insulated lunchboxes with a reusable ice pack.  My lunch goes into the small tote bag pictured above.

 

 

tips to eat healthyDinner

Create your weekly dinner plan on Sunday evenings.  Consider your daily schedule/activities when planning your dinners.  Click here for a handy-dandy Dinner Made Easier! Tool.  We have tested this one out for the past year too.  Let me tell you, the dinner portion of our chaotic days have been running much smoother!

 

Okay, who is ready to pledge to eat healthier???!!!  What other ideas do you have?  Do you have any recipes to share?

 

 

About Dara Fairman

I am a Time Management Strategist. I bring fun and simplicity to GOALS and TIME MANAGEMENT. I create fun, actionable, individualized and engaging ways to turn TIME into the sharpest tool in your toolbox for a life filled with intrinsic satisfaction, inner serenity, less stress and diminished guilt.

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