Busy businessman eating healthy on the goLife can be busy. Things are always happening and time doesn’t slow down just because you’re trying to eat healthier. We all have places to be and things to do. If you take a few minutes before the wild week begins to pack healthy food options, you’ll alleviate stress by having a solid plan in place. Eating healthy on the go doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Follow these simple tips and tricks and you be ahead on your weight loss goals, despite your busy schedule.

Eat Foods with Nutritional Value

Protein is one of the best ways to pack in nutrition with little effort. When you’re busy you usually don’t have extra time to worry about nutritional content. Have it figured out before to ensure a healthy diet, and consider packing some protein with you. The more protein you have, the fuller you will feel and less likely you will be to snack.

But on the go means quick foods — not an excuse to eat fast food. Try quick snack options instead. Some of the best nutritional snacks are nuts like peanuts and almonds. Both of these are packed with protein and their crunch quality is enjoyable. Plus, you’re still getting the protein you need.

For dinner and meals, it’s equally as important to consume protein and not as difficult as you might think. Eating lean meats is one of the best and easiest ways to satisfy your protein intake. Chicken breasts are one of the most popular protein-filled foods. It’s easy to make, simple to prepare before a busy week and one chicken breast, without skin, contains over 50 grams of protein and less than 300 calories.

Plan and Prepare Meals Ahead of Time

Planning meals ahead of your hectic schedule can save you countless time and stress. Especially when you have a busy week ahead, you’ll be thankful when you can reach into your refrigerator and have healthy options available to you. Make it fun and create your own weekly menu. This is a handy visual tool that will help guide you and your goals to success.

Another great saver for busy lives is preparing meals ahead of time. Instead of just cooking one chicken breast, make a couple. Simply put the extras into Tupperware and refrigerate until you are ready to eat them. Have to stay late at the office? No need to stress or snack, you have a healthy meal waiting for you at home. You can even prepare meals ahead of time and bring them with you for lunch during a busy work week. Leftovers are an easy and simple way to have a fuss-free meal already planned.

Eat Regularly and Enjoy Each Bite

Eat regularly to avoid overeating. This can be hugely beneficial, and sometimes not the easiest to put into practice. However, eating throughout the day can lead to powerful habits of self-control. Depriving yourself usually only leads to late night binging and cravings. Be nice to your body, feed it when it’s hungry to avoid overeating in the long run.

Don’t forget to enjoy what you are eating. Savor and chew each bite of food and be proud of yourself for eating something that tastes good and is good for you. Enjoying your meal makes you eat more slowly and more effectively signals to your body when you are full. Also, chewing your food thoroughly makes it easier for your body to digest.

With these set of practices in place, you’re well on your way to creating a balanced diet full of nutritional foods. Your body and mind will feel satisfied, and you can run out the door knowing you’ve prepared tasty food that will hold you over during life’s busiest moments.