Today’s tip –

Finding ways to eat fast without eating fast food

We all know that eating fast food means ingesting too many calories, too much sugar, too many chemical additives and too many bad fats. However, when we’re busy, it’s hard to give up fast food. The key is finding ways to eat healthy food that can be prepared quickly.

Here are some tips presented by a nutrition educator from Nutritional Weight and Wellness at the ‘Eating Fast without Fast Food’ workshop held May 4. This workshop was the fourth of a series of five free nutrition workshops at the City of Lakes building. Due to the popularity of the workshops, another series is being offered at the Currie Conference Center. 

Have breakfast items ready to go

If you don’t have time to make breakfast each morning, hard boil some eggs over the weekend and stock up on nuts, fruits and other healthy items that are easy to grab and go. That way, you can head off to work with a hard-boiled egg, a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts.

Take advantage of left-overs for lunch

If you’re making a salad or grilling a chicken breast for dinner, make a little extra so that you can take some salad and a chicken breast for lunch.

Have lunch basics on hand

Rather than getting a fast food burger for lunch, pack a sandwich made from rye or whole grain bread, deli meat, cheese and mayonnaise. Add some raw vegetables or some fresh fruit and you’ll have a healthful lunch.

Use that slow cooker

Making dinner at the end of a long day can seem daunting. Instead, make chili or a chicken dish in your slow cooker. When you get home, all you’ll have to do is make a salad or cook a vegetable to complete your dinner. Recipes for “do-ahead” meals can be found on the Nutritional Weight and Wellness website.

Keep dinner simple

Grilling meat or fish and cooking up a fresh vegetable will take you no more than 20 to 30 minutes. That’s fast food that’s also healthy and satisfying. 

Where to get more information

Nutritional Weight and Wellness, a Twin Cities organization dedicated to educating people on health and nutrition, has a weekly radio program called “Dishing up Nutrition” on 107.1 FM. The program is aired live on Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m. and rebroadcast from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The organization’s website contains links to past radio programs.

Upcoming workshops

To register for the nutrition workshops being offered at the Currie Conference Center, visit HRIS and enter a keyword from the workshop title in the search box. Here are the workshop titles and dates being offered at the Currie Conference Center, 1200 Currie Avenue North. All workshops will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Published May 23, 2012