If you have a demanding job or packed schedule, eating healthy can be a challenge. These simple snacks can keep you nourished so you have the energy to get through your full day.
For the past few months I’ve had the luxury of doing all of my work from home, which means I had time cook healthy lunches and dinners, eat snacks when I needed them, and drink plenty of water.
A couple of weeks ago, I started a new job teaching Pilates reformer classes. I’m teaching Pilates about 17 hours a week , teaching 6-8 yoga classes a week, and teaching three fitness classes each week in addition to working with my health coaching clients and corporate clients. Two days a week, I teach from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with back-to-back classes. Then I teach again at 5:30 p.m.
This is the first time that I’ve had a job that left me with little time to eat. After the first couple of weeks, I realized that I had to come up with a plan so that I could stay nourished throughout the day. Going that many hours without eating a meal makes me feel absolutely awful.
On those longer days, I came home feeling headachy, sluggish, and a bit nauseous from not eating enough. And by the time I got to my last few Pilates clients of the day, I didn’t have the energy that I had at the beginning of the day.
I know I’m not the only one with a job or schedule that leaves little time for eating, so I’m sharing the simple things that I’m doing to stay nourished throughout the day.
I’ve been blending up a smoothie before I leave the house in the morning, and drinking it while I teach around noon. I really bulk up my smoothies with a frozen banana, natural peanut butter or almond butter, flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut milk, spinach, and plant protein powder, so they’re more filling and nourishing.
To make blending a smoothie quick and easy in the morning, prep some freezer smoothie packs.
I keep almonds and cashews in my Pilates studio so that I can eat a handful of nuts as I’m waiting for clients to arrive or as I’m walking from the Pilates studio to the yoga studio to teach a class. It’s a good way to get in some healthy fat and protein pretty quickly.
I picked up some pre-made bars to keep in my gym bag. I have a 10 minute break in between a Pilates client and teaching a fitness class, so I’ll run to the restroom, fill up my water bottle, and eat a bar during that transition time.
Homemade Bars or Energy Balls
I love making energy balls or bars for easy-to-pack snacks. Energy balls are great for taking a quick bite when you only have a few seconds! You can turn any of my energy ball recipes into bars if that’s what you prefer.
Here’s a bonus energy ball recipe that I love.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls
1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
3 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup oats
2 scoops vanilla plant protein powder
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp. unsweetened coconut
Combine all ingredients except coconut. Form into balls. Roll in coconut.
Staying hydrated when you’re on the run all day can be a challenge, which is why I always drink my electrolyte drink on my long teaching days. I steer clear of bottled sports drinks because they contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners, and drinking out of plastic bottles all of the time is bad for the environment.
I use a powdered electrolyte drink mix that’s made with high antioxidant fruits, organic coconut water, aloe vera, and stevia. You can find it here. I add water and a scoop of the powder to a blender bottle and shake it up.
Since I don’t have time to eat a meal, I want to make sure I’m still getting in the nutrients my body needs. So I use a greens powder that you simply mix with water. It contains organic grasses and mushrooms that provide the body with iron, vitamin B, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Many greens powders can taste pretty earthy, but the one I use is lightly sweetened with stevia and has a subtle berry flavor. You can find it here.
I use the same blender bottle that I use for my electrolyte drink for my greens drink.
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