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Time Saving Tips For Staying Healthy When Life Gets Busy!

When Life Gets Busy, How Do You Stay Healthy and Focused?

This time of year always seems to be a bit manic.... Whether you're studying for exams at school, university, working really hard at your job, or simply find that life is throwing everything at you, it can be really difficult to stay healthy. 

I have just finished my three year university degree and feel like a zombie right now with the late nights, constant work and the worry of 'what am I going to do with my life after?' It was the kind of busy where I couldn't remember when I last washed my hair, I had no clean clothes and I had no idea when the last time I had an actual conversation with my parents where my only response wasn't a half hearted grunt...

So how do you stay healthy when you don't even have time to brush your hair in the morning?

Fear not!!! 

After a few days of eating bad food, constant snacking and wolfing down a bowl of porridge three times a day because I didn't have time to cook I noticed it was I was struggling to stay focused! Feeling lethargic, bloated or on a sugar crash is not exactly productive when every hour counts towards meeting a deadline! 

So here is a blog post with some time saving ideas for healthy snacks that take minutes to make. No thinking required on your behalf just follow some of these recipes for healthy meals and snacks!

 

 

 

Breakfast

Porridge is such a fantastic way to start the day. Oats are packed with energy and keep you from heading to the biscuit barrel all morning.

To make this super speedy simply measure out the ingredients the night before. In a bowl measure out your dry ingredients, chop your berries ready to add in the morning and put aside a cup of almond milk.

There's a feeling of smugness in the morning when you manage to fit in a delicious breakfast even when you're completely rushed off your feet! 

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Ingredients for Vegan Banana Porridge

1/2 Cup of Oats

1/2 Ripe Banana (mashed with a fork)

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

For the Topping

1/4 Cup Halved Blueberries 

Other Half of Banana Chopped

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

 Method

This really is a 'throw it all in' kind of breakfast!

The night before chop your blueberries and sed aside

Add the oats and cinnamon to a bowl and pour out a cup of almond milk

 

In the morning simply add the oats, and almond milk to heat on a small pan for 2 minutes, then quickly mash half your banana and add to the pot.

Heat until it's the thickness you prefer, sprinkle the toppings over and enjoy!

 

Lunch

Whether you're working from home, at a desk or on the go, having a lunch ready and waiting is perfect for when you're wanting to power through!

In the mornings I would rush to university and completely forget to make anything to eat, then kick myself later when I was having to buy the most boring sandwich that was unappetising and full of sugars. These literally take 2 minutes to prepare and can even be done the night before.

All hail the Avocado!

This little bad boy is full of healthy fats that fill you up and help keep you going!

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Ingredients for Avocado Toasts/Open Sandwich 

2 Wholemeal Mini Bagels

1/2 Avocado Sliced

3 Radishes Thinly Sliced

1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds 

1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds

Pinch of Salt & Pepper

 

These can be toasted if you're eating at home, otherwise simply stack em' up and take to work in a lunch box! 

Dinner

 

Sometimes after getting in from work after a long old day, the thought of standing and cooking for hours can be a little overwhelming. When you're low on energy, have no brain power and are about as inspired as a turnip you need a quick and easy meal that hits the spot but also fills you up with the right kinds of nutrition.

PASTA!!!!

I am no stranger to carbs.. and in fact I've come to accept my little food baby pouch that is made purely from pizza, pasta and starchy veg... but I love it!

There are so many alternatives to pasta, wholewheat, spelt, gluten free, spinach and so on. 

So finding a one that suits you (I usually go for good old wholewheat) is ideal as you can enjoy it, feel full and most of all stay energised!

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Creamy Spaghetti With Sugar Snap Peas & Ricotta

Ingredients

75g Spaghetti (spelt or wholewheat are delicious)

1/4 Broccoli Head 

Handful of Sugar Snap Peas (Approx. 7 pods)

2 tbsp Ricotta Cheese Crumbled

1/3 Cup Spinach (Optional)

Pinch of Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper

1 Heaped tbsp Pesto (For this I used Knorr new pesto pods as they are brilliant for small portions!)

4 Fresh Basil Leaves

Method

Bring a small pan of water to boil and add the spaghetti to cook for around 12-18 minuted depending on the type you have selected (wholewheat tends to take a bit longer)

Whilst the pasta is cooking, chop the broccoli sprouts and prepare the sugar snap peas

4 minutes before the pasta is cooked, add the broccoli and peas to the pan

Once the veg has softened drain the water and add the pesto and 1 tbsp of ricotta cheese, season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix

Layer the pasta in a bowl and add fresh baby spinach amongst the mix, then season with more cracked pepper and crumble the remaining ricotta cheese over the top

Garnish with a few basil leaves and enjoy!

 

Bliss Ball Energy Bombs!

Now I am one for snacking, in fact I don't think I eat three meals a day, I eat about 10.

I was definitely a cow in my former life (says a lot really)

When you hit that 4pm slum, its not quite dinner time, you still have work to do but you can't stop thinking about sugary snacks for a pick me up?

Instead of having something sugary why not have my bliss balls? (tempting no?)

Made from pecans, cacao and dates these have natural sugars, tonnes of energy and good fats to keep you powering through till dinner.

You can make your balls as small or large as you like, depending on your fancy. I Make mine small so I can feel guilt free when eating three... (it all adds to the carb food baby) 

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 Ingredients

2 Cups of Medjool Dates

1 Cup of Pecans 

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 tbsp Cacao Powder

Grated Orange Zest

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (Dark Chocolate Chunks if Not Vegan)

Method

Blend the pecans in a food processor until broken down

Add the medjool dates, cacao powder, maple syrup vanilla extract, pinch of salt & orange zest then blend again until combined

Take out of the food processor and add the cacao nibs and fold together

Roll small balls into desired size and dust in a little cacao powder, and dust a little orange zest over the top