Times are a-changin’, my friends! Whole foods and healthy living are quickly growing trends that have taken our nation by storm. (Have you noticed the sudden surge of new yoga studios and sushi bars?) The idea of “health” is often associated with brightly colored fruits and vegetables covered in fresh, dewy droplets of water and laid out in a beautiful array of straight-from-the- farm baskets. It’s a lovely image, but get real! Not all of us are blessed with the privilege of personally knowing a farmer that will deliver said deliciousness straight to our doors. And, let’s be honest, grocery shopping doesn’t happen nearly often enough because, well, “ain’t nobody got time fo dat!” In a fast- paced nation of 10-hour work days, 15-minute lunch breaks and long commutes, it’s often challenging to provide our bodies with the nutrients they deserve. There are tons of fun tips and tricks for eating healthy all over the Internet, but when you’re strapped for time and looking for something more fulfilling than a cheeseburger, consider some of these options:
Drawer-o-Goodness – When you DO go grocery shopping, take a little extra time when you get home to organize your “healthies” into convenient packable packages. Cut up your cantaloupe ahead of time and put it into reusable contain- ers. Make baggies of fresh peas. Separate your string cheese so it’s ready to go. Then, take all of these goodies and neatly stack them in a refrigerator drawer for running-out-the-door access.
Yo! Don’t say “No!”- A lot of people have shied away from this snack because of high sugar content. But, don’t write it off altogether! Yo- gurt is packed full of healthy cultures and pro- tein that make it an excellent snack. Just make sure you read labels and look for the sugar-free brands.
Pill Poppin’ – No one is too busy to take vi- tamins (Well, if you are, you should probably scale back a bit and book a vacation). Dietary supplements are a great way to introduce more vitamins and minerals into your diet without the time commitment of preparing elaborate meals. So, if all else fails, pick up a bottle of chewables (or whatever suits your fancy) and pop some nutrient-filled pills!
Workout of the Day
Four rounds for time of:
95/65 lb. Push Press x 12 reps
Heavy Kettlebell Swings x 12 reps