A Busy Lifestyle May Leave You Little Time to Cook and Eat Healthy Meals

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A busy lifestyle may leave you little time to cook and eat healthy meals. According to Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, authors of "Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach," it is possible to eat a diet filled with nutritious foods even when you are busy with a career and family. A few simple changes will allow you to create cooking and eating routines that focus on a variety of healthy ingredients. Step 1

Prepare meals ahead of time. Take a few hours on a weekend afternoon to make soup, chili or pasta dishes, for example. Portion them out into freezer safe containers and freeze them. Focus on cooking with healthy ingredients, such as fresh vegetables, sodium-free canned beans and whole wheat pasta. Pull out one meal each evening for a quick and healthy way to feed your family.

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Step 2
Keep healthy snacks bagged and ready to go. Cut up fresh fruits and vegetables and store them in individual serving sizes. Portion out small amounts of nuts, seeds, dried fruits or airpopped popcorn. Grab a couple healthy snacks as you leave each morning to have a nutritious food choice on hand no matter how busy you get.

Step 3
Pack your lunch everyday. Put several healthy foods into a lunchbox to help you avoid the fast food line when hunger strikes, recommends Sharon Jean Wiginton, author of "Abounding Health Naturally." Make sandwiches with plenty of vegetables on whole wheat bread or wraps made with whole wheat tortillas. Pack one or two pieces of fruit or one or two servings of vegetables to round out the meal.

Step 4
Make a smoothie to take with you when you are on the go. Place your favorite fruits along with low-fat plain yogurt and ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a portable cup to drink as you go about your day, suggests Wiginton. Step 5

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