Working from ‘nine to five’, with additional time for commuting, consumes the largest part of our days. Not only does this prevent us from having the time to properly take care of ourselves but it also drains our energy, which puts us in a difficult position when having to cater to our body’s dietary needs. Lunch preparation, for example, can often be left until the last minute, forcing us to either rely on preprepared meals that lack essential nutrition or to purchase meals from eateries at a higher price.
Thankfully, however, there are ways that we can work full time and still eat well. With the right knowledge, tips, and willingness to prepare, our diets don’t have to be compromised for our careers. In fact, we can even turn our mealtimes into the highlights of our days. To show you how, we’ve put together a list of the most essential considerations and practices, those that enable a healthy and delicious diet no matter how busy a schedule!
Learn Five Recipes
One of the main hurdles that prevent people from creating a delicious meal for their day is a lack of knowledge. Without the know-how and confidence to quickly make a substantial meal that can be taken to the office, many people reduce their lunchtime options. However, by simply making an effort to learn five simple recipes, workplace meals can be rejuvenated.
Each recipe you choose should be one that can be made efficiently and prior to work. Once you have the ingredients at hand and have become familiar with the routine of its preparation, you’ll find yourself able to make a meal quickly. Once you’ve mastered five, you’ll have enough variety to keep each week interesting.
Choose Interesting Ingredients
Instead of relying on bland, store-bought sandwiches, make an effort to seek out interesting and exciting ingredients. These foods could be succulent steamed bao or smoky Nigerian microwave rice, both of which are easy and simple to make while simultaneously being comparatively interesting. To find these foods, one must turn shopping trips into adventures, seeking out new aisles in the supermarket and be willing to shake up the items on your shopping list.
Think A Week Ahead
While we may seek to preserve our weekends, seeing them as a cherished time for relaxation, if a small portion of the time they allow us is given to food preparation, the rest of our weeks can become far more enjoyable. Meals cooked in bulk and then packaged into individual containers can be taken to work each day, leaving our mornings and breaktimes relieved of responsibility.
Additionally, prepping food in advance allows us to better concentrate on its ingredients. We can source fresher items and ensure that meals are well-balanced, unlike the nutritional offerings of a last-minute prepackaged meal! Meal preparation has a dedicated following online and many useful guides for beginners. So, if you’re looking for advice on where to get started, be sure to look online.