It’s undeniable that our lives keep getting busier and more jam packed with items on our to-do lists. It can be hectic enough when you’re on your own, juggling between work, home and a social life, but can get even crazier when you also have a family to care for and kids to shuttle back and forth between school and various extracurricular activities. Whichever camp you belong to, the fact is that people with fast-paced lives often neglect good nutrition and tend to skip meals when constantly on the move. This nasty habit is one of the worst things you can do to yourself.
Fortunately, maintaining a balanced diet has gotten a lot easier over the years as nutritionists find ways to make healthy eating adapt to our harried schedules. One of the best ways to ensure you get the nutrients your body needs, both quickly and simply, is through the use of a meal replacement.
When you’re rushing around all day long, convenience is the name of the game. Taking time to shop for and prepare three wholesome meals every day takes a lot of time and effort that few busy people have to spare. With no need to scour the grocery aisles for ingredients, no need to constantly scrutinize nutrition labels and no need to spend time chopping or cooking, opting for a meal replacement is super easy to incorporate into your routine.
Meal replacements tend to come in three forms: powdered mixes, ready-to-drink shakes and nutrition bars. Most are low in fat and calories, with a high quantity of protein and a moderate amount of carbohydrates. They also contain a multitude of vital nutrients and minerals that your body needs to keep your stamina up and immune system working at its most efficient. Simply mix up a smoothie, pop open a shake or peel open a bar for instant fuel and sustenance.
Just because you need good nutrition on the fly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste or variety. Powders and ready-mixed shakes come in several flavors beyond the standard trio of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry; mango, mint chocolate chip, piña colada and banana split are just a few of the newest flavors on the market. With nutrition bars the sky’s the limit with options like maple pecan, cherry almond, lemon pie and ginger chai available.
The easiest way to prevent yourself from steering towards the drive-thru or grabbing a salt-laden ready meal is to already have a nutritious option at hand when you start to feel ravenous. Bars are great to have in your purse, laptop case or gym bag because they’re shelf stable and don’t need refrigeration. Drink mixes can be prepared a few seconds before heading out the door and consumed en route to your destination or can be stored in an insulated thermos to keep it cold for when you need it. Ready-to-drink shakes are great to store in a fridge at work so a quick meal is waiting for you when you arrive.
Ultimately, the goal is to avoid skipping meals since you tend to eat more later on and to avoid unhealthy food on the go. With all the physical activity you get during your daily routine, it would be a shame to counteract those efforts by eating badly and piling on the weight. Using a meal replacement option is a simple answer to your hunger problems and help to keep you performing at your best so you can do it all over again tomorrow.
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