Staying healthy during the change from summer hours to school or regular work hours is important. When things get busy, meal prep and eating healthily is one of the easiest things to disregard.
Students living on their own for the first time are notorious for cutting nutritional corners — from skipping meals to making the wrong food choices (frozen foods like french fries and boxed wings, or cereal for dinner). Lack of energy, nutritional deficiencies, even trouble sleeping and concentrating are some of the effects of a few months of poor eating.
Having healthy pre-made food in the freezer and knowing how to throw together easy-to-prep dishes are good goals, but hard to sustain on your own or over a long period of time. I’ve found some fun, easy and on-trend ways to encourage you to sustain those worthy goals when you get in a slump or a particularly busy period. It happens! But with support, healthy habits can become lifestyle habits.
The ease of building a healthy grocery order online, choosing a delivery date and having groceries brought to your door has been a saviour for those who do not have a car or lead busy lifestyles. It’s also a great way for parents to supply their studious kids who might be away from home with healthy groceries and prepared food.
While most grocery stores in larger cities offer online ordering and delivery, food service company Sysco has developed an online grocery site where you can order bulk and pre-made restaurant-quality food favourites that are delivered right to the door of your apartment or residence. This means parents can help restock fridges with fresh and frozen ingredients and supplement residence food with prepped meals of their choice throughout the school year.
A few small appliances can help to start your school day off in a nutritious and creative way. A single-serve coffee maker, a personal blender for smoothies, or a kettle to make instant oatmeal are standard breakfast helpers.
I’ve discovered a fourth small appliance that can serve-up easy-to-make (and eat) egg bites. These nutritious snack-like breakfast foods are so popular in the fancy coffee shops these days — you can even by them in the freezer section in the grocery stores. Why not make them fresh in minutes for so much less?
The egg cooker uses steam for quick, oil-free cooking, making it a perfect way to eat healthily, plus you can choose whatever ingredients you want to add (I like to add leftover cooked vegetables or bacon). They also make poached eggs for elegant Sunday brunch, so go far beyond dorm eating.
Fresh and green
I remember when carrying a water bottle was the cool thing to do. Not only was I on-trend for being friendly to the planet, I was also saving money on bottled water. Let’s think the same way about food, too. Reusable beeswax food wraps can replace plastic wrap, single-serve coffee capsules are now recyclable, and food containers (old-style glass is all the rage for storage at home and silicone is the preferred choice when at school or on the go) keep sandwich bags and plastic salad bowls out of the landfill.
Let’s all make efforts to be healthier and do a little good for the planet. Stylish reusable food storage containers are a win-win-win situation, giving us better nutrition, save us money and creating a healthier Earth.
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Karl has worked as a home decor expert and product designer for 25 years and is the Editor At Large at Style At Home.