Well folks, the calendar page has turned yet again. What do you know, it’s March already and March is nutrition month! This year Dietitians of Canada is featuring ways to eat well at work, focusing on ‘Eating 9 to 5!’ Sing along with me during the month, won’t you?!
An Ipsos Reid poll they conducted showed 45% of people find it challenging to eat well at work. Well that’s no surprise. For many, most of weekday waking hours are spent at work. It makes so much sense to extend our healthy eating goals and efforts from home into the workplace.
This week I’m focusing on rushed mornings. “How did that “snooze” button get pushed yet again?” you ask. We all live in the era of the “time crunch” but it feels like we’re hit hardest as we roll out of bed. Decisions, decisions, decisions galore as we wipe the sleepies out of our eyes to put our best face forward and take on the day. I don’t know about you, but easing up on morning stress is how I prefer to start my day. Missing breakfast isn’t an option in my home, so I get it ready the night before.
When you decide and prepare for breakfasts whether on weekends or each evening, that’s one less decision to make in the morning. It’s already decided! Fast and easy is another rule of the day.
Beat morning mayhem and eat well all day long with these helpful tips from Dietitians of Canada for prepping meals and snacks the night before:
- Put dinner leftovers into containers and refrigerate for tomorrow’s lunch.
- Portion and pack lunchbox snacks, such as fruit, vegetables with hummus, or roasted nuts.
- Fill up and refrigerate your reusable water bottle for sipping at work.
- Prep breakfast: wash and chop fruit, get out the breakfast dishes and set up the coffee maker.
- Get ready for tomorrow night’s dinner. Cut veggies, cook grains and marinate meat.
Here are more top tips from Dietitians of Canada so you can drive by the drive thru:
- Make barley, quinoa or oat porridge and refrigerate in portions. Reheat with mix-ins, such as fruit and seeds, in the morning.
- Bake and freeze whole grain muffins, pancakes and mini frittatas.
- Stock up on ready-to-eat items such as fruit and containers of yogurt, and pack individual portions of trail mix to grab ’n’ go.
- Mix up some muesli with toasted oats, dates, coconut and almonds to enjoy with fruit and yogurt.
- Make hard-boiled eggs for breakfast on the run. Refrigerate for up to one week.
For tasty make-ahead recipes, visit Cookspiration – that popular app.
Start the day off right by having a fast, easy and balanced breakfast to get you through the morning.
Adapted from The Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month Campaign Materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at www.nutritionmonth2015.ca