5 Simple Ways to Keep Nutrition a Priority When Life Is Hectic
Busy weeks always seem to sneak up on us, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your nutrition slide. Here are five simple ways to keep nutrition a priority when life is hectic.
Planning for the week ahead will help you stay on track with your nutrition. Taking a few packets of Osso Good Bone Broth out of the freezer on Sunday will give you a quick and healthy option for those action-packed days. A big batch of Bone Broth Ratatouille (recipe below) makes tasty, healthy leftovers for lunch — much better than running through the drive-thru or hitting the vending machine!
Stick to the Basics
When we’re stressed, our body starts to shut down “unnecessary” systems, and digestion is one of the first to get cut. Eating simpler meals is not only a time-saver, but it also puts less strain on your already sensitive gut. You don’t have to be Julia Child every night in the kitchen: Grilled chicken, a hearty serving of vegetables, and a big pot of quinoa cooked in Osso Good Bone Broth will be tasty, healthy, and easy on your stomach and your schedule!
Up Your Intake of Healthy Fats and Protein
Instead of relying on carbohydrate-heavy snacks, reach for foods rich in protein and healthy, unsaturated fat. Carbs are simple sugars that, yes, give you that burst of energy, but they can cause that big crash later on. Snacks like nuts and nut butter, avocados, coconut oil, and nutrient-rich bone broth provide the right mix of protein and fat to give you sustained energy and help you feel fuller longer.
Move Your Body
As your stress level rises, so does the level of cortisol in your body, which can contribute to a whole host of diseases and affect your gut health. Moderate exercise — exerting yourself enough so it’s hard to hold a conversation — releases endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals, that help counteract stress. If you can’t squeeze in a trip the gym, take one of your work calls while walking outside (speed up when you’re listening!) and see how your outlook changes.
Keep Yourself Accountable
Accountability works — having someone or something to keep you on track is proven to help you achieve your goals. Tell your coworkers that you’re trying to cut back on sweets, track your meals with an app, or simply write down how you feel each night. When you’re aware of what you’re putting in your body, and more importantly how it makes you feel, you’re more likely to make nutritious choices that align with your health goals. A hectic life is a given — set yourself up for healthy success by checking in on your nutrition!
This quick and easy Bone Broth Ratatouille boasts a big serving of vegetables and a balanced macro profile. It works great as leftovers, making it perfect for those busy weeks — and really, aren’t they all!?
Bone Broth Ratatouille
4 cups Osso Good Bone Broth (any variety!)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 medium eggplant, diced
1 medium zucchini, cubed
1 medium yellow squash, cubed
2 bell peppers, any color, diced
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of flaxseed meal
3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add onion and bell peppers and cook until they start to soften, 2–3 minutes. Add in garlic, zucchini, squash, eggplant, and salt and pepper, and continue cooking for an additional 5–7 minutes. Add in crushed tomatoes, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Allow vegetables to simmer until fully softened, approximately 10 more minutes.
While the vegetables are cooking, bring 4 cups of Osso Good Bone Broth to a boil in a large pot. Once the broth comes to a boil, slowly pour in the 1 cup of flaxseed meal and whisk continuously for 3–4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let cook for 12–15 minutes.
Once the flaxseed are finished cooking, stir in salt and pepper to taste, plus the 3 tablespoons of butter. Serve ratatouille over flaxseed.