June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, and for those that spend a lot of time in the great outdoors with personal farms or gardens, or who have a highly flexible schedule allowing them to eat healthy and do continual shopping and meal prep, it’s easy to celebrate this “holiday.” However, for those who have a rigorous work schedule, whether out of the home, or at-home (we’re looking at you stay-at-home parents) it can be difficult to keep up the healthy eating habits. Too often, we are forced to turn to convenience foods (or run through the drive-thru) to give us energy throughout the day, but unfortunately, this is actually negatively affecting your energy levels over time, and is terrible for your blood pressure, cholesterol, sodium levels, and more. So, what can you do to get those daily doses of fruits and veggies in, while keeping up with your busy lifestyle?
- Plan ahead. By looking ahead at your week and having a plan for your meals, you’re more likely to incorporate healthy options than “eating on the fly” and picking up food last minute…or cleaning out your fridge by dining on leftover Chinese takeout. There are many ways to incorporate healthy eating into your weekly routine by having a meal plan. For example, there are thousands of online websites about prepping various salads for the week, and then you simply throw the jar into your lunch bag along with the dressing, grab a bottled water, and you’re set to go! Another idea is to plan out healthy dinners during the week, and cook enough for leftovers for your lunch the next day. By having your lunch packed and ready to go the night prior, you’ll save time in the mornings without sacrificing health.
- Make sure your meals (and snacks) pack a punch. Need a breakfast on the go? Instead of reaching for a bagel or a granola bar, why not plan for 10 extra minutes of prep and whip up a smoothie? Smoothies are a wonderful way to get in several servings of fresh fruits (and veggies if you add spinach, carrots, or other mildly flavored options in) without having to take time to sit down and eat a large breakfast. You can whip up a smoothie in the blender, throw it in a transportable cup with a straw, and you have a healthy breakfast to sustain you throughout your morning commute. Keep the same thing in mind for lunches and snacks throughout the day. Reach for fresh options like carrot sticks instead of potato chips alongside your sandwich, or an apple instead of a cookie when the afternoon slump rolls around.
- Shop local. Yes, we know fresh produce, especially if it’s organic, can be a bit pricey in the grocery store when compared to convenience options. That’s why we encourage you to shop local. Right here in our own county, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, and surrounding communities have weekly, or bi-weekly, farmers markets and street fairs during the summer where local gardeners put out their produce for purchase. You know you are getting fresh, top-quality fruits and vegetables, and you’re supporting a neighbor. It’s a win-win. Plus, by buying fruits and veggies that are in season, you know they’ll taste better, and likely have a higher nutrient content.
When it comes to supporting local, PHR Staffing Solutions encourages you to do the same with your job search. We work with many local businesses of all sizes to help fill vacancies on their staff, whether for a short-term temp or a long-term hire. Our applicants know they can trust us to keep their best interest as our focus, and our goal is to help them reach their goals. We have lots of openings accepting applicants NOW, so call us for more info or check out all of our current positions online.
Happy June! Stay healthy and happy!