We’re all busy – there’s no doubt about that. Balancing class, work, studying, meetings and a social life is the ultimate task.
Oftentimes, as a result of being so crunched for time, we let our food habits slip to the easiest option. We resort to convenience foods like fast food, prepackaged and processed foods. While they fill us up, they’re not the best option for a healthy meal.
The internal debate ensues: to eat easily accessible but lowered nutritional quality foods or slightly more time consuming, but better-for your-body foods? Which would you choose? Hopefully the latter.
The 10 minutes it takes to prepare an entire day’s worth of meals will save not only your wallet, but your waistline.
Step One: Fill up your fridge.
Before you can start packing like the savvy meal planner you are, you have to gather supplies. Purchasing some mealtime staples like fruits, vegetables, bread, peanut butter, lunch meats, oats, milk and other sides will make packing much easier.
Step Two: Preparation.
Before turning in to the glorious bed you have been missing all day, head to the kitchen and take 10 minutes to prep your food. Seriously, 10 minutes is all it takes (and let’s be honest, we’ve all played Trivia Crack for much longer than that) — your health is worth the time.
Breakfast: Making breakfast the night before so that it’s sitting ready in the fridge decreases the mess you make in the morning – and it allows you to grab it and go if you’re crunched for time. Remember that bed you don’t like leaving? This tip lets you have a few more precious minutes contemplating the best way to extract yourself from your warm cocoon.
Lunch: Being in class during prime lunch time is the worst. Faced with the struggle of eating early or going hungry, why not just eat during class?
Step Three: In the morning, take all your containers of food out of the fridge and put them in your backpack. 30 seconds later, and you’re out the door.
After a few days of trial and error, you will quickly become a campus-meal-packing champion. Don’t be lazy about your food! The time you put in the night before will save you valuable sleep time in the morning and health in years to come.
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