As I mentioned last week, I have started working again after being a stay-at-home mom for many years. I’m adapting to new schedules, new demands on my time, and new limitations. I’m also needing to find foods that are both nutritious and FAST! I only get 30 minutes for my meal time and I’m working anywhere from 6 hours to 10 hours, so I need to make sure I eat enough to keep me going for a long period of time. This past weekend I didn’t plan ahead very well and didn’t eat enough protein, so I had a severe headache, which only made me want to eat sugar! I caved, but didn’t go crazy with it (that’s a huge win compared to my old normal)! #keepingitreal
Staying away from added sugar and keeping myself on track with my health, fitness, and weight loss goals is so important to me. I want to make sure I take the time to eat right, even when I’m not at home in my normal routine. Sunday, I spent some time doing some thinking and planning for the week to make sure I don’t lack protein during my shifts (or when I am not working and I’m exhausted). I came up with a few quick and easy solutions for meals while I am working. *I am gluten-free so I am subbing wheat products for gluten-free ones.
Fast and Nutritious Meals & Snacks
- Cheese sticks and gluten-free crackers with carrots
- Hummus with veggies or crackers
- Yogurt smoothie with fruit and veggies
- Hard-boiled eggs in a salad
- Yogurt with cashews or almonds
- Protein bar (my husband loves Quest Bars – they taste great and have a good protein/carb balance)
- Nut butter with apples or banana
- Salad with grilled chicken
- Nut – cashews, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
- Lettuce wraps with deli meats and cheese
- Beef jerky
- Oatmeal/yogurt in a jar with some fruit
- Homemade trail mix that has a variety of nuts, and raisins
- Tuna with some fruit or veggies
- Cheese and grapes with some carrots or other veggie
I’m trying to make sure I have a sufficient protein source and a good veggie/fruit source, with a healthy fat (which follows Whole30) in every meal and snack, even though I am not strictly following the plan right now. The goal here is to limit the added sugar, and to include plenty of protein that will keep me full for enough time to get through my long shifts and keep me from feeling sick or more tired than I should feel.
I did find out there is a microwave and a fridge available to me, but for now I am looking forward to enjoying my lunch break outside. I may change my tune when the weather is too hot or humid to make it comfortable out there, but for now it’s nice to get outside for a bit.
I am in unfamiliar territory, so I’m looking for any ideas on how to keep going strong while working a full-time job and keep on living my life. I would love to hear how you plan your meals around your work schedule, so leave me a comment and help a girl out!