Eating Well When You’re Short on Time


Between staying busy with work and various projects and trying to stay on the wagon in the final months before our wedding (my dress fits like a glove so I can’t gain a pound!), I’ve been trying my hardest to eat as healthy as possible. I’m tracking everything I eat and every workout I do in My Fitness Pal, and doing my best to stick to a routine – even when life gets really busy.


My number one tip for eating well when you’re short on time is to always be prepared. No, I’m not a meal prepper – I wish I could be, but I simply haven’t made meal prep a priority when there’s other work to be done or fun to be had, plus, I like the process of cooking every evening and it’s something Adam and I do together.

But, that doesn’t mean we aren’t prepared. Most weeks, I go to the grocery store on Monday with an idea of what we’re eating each day and buy groceries accordingly. That means not only stocking up on produce, meat, and pantry items for our dinners, it also means making sure I have quick fix items on hand that allow me to grab something when I don’t have time to cook.




One of those items that I like to have stocked in the pantry is thinkThin’s Protein and Probiotics Hot Oatmeal. I know not everyone’s an oatmeal fan, but I always have been – there’s nothing more filling to start the day off with.

And, with 10 grams of protein and live probiotics, thinkThin Protein and Probiotics Hot Oatmeal is an awesome way to fuel your body first thing in the morning. I just add a bit of water, microwave for 45 seconds, and I have a delicious way to feel full until lunchtime. The easy to grab and go oatmeal comes in three flavors – cinnamon almond, maple pecan, and blueberry harvest – and you can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.




Looking for other easy to grab and go items to have on hand to encourage healthy eating? Think items that won’t make a mess and that you can take with you no matter where you’re headed – some of my favorites include a trail mix with almonds, banana chips, and dark chocolate, granola bars with low added sugar, and easy to store and peel fruit like oranges or bananas.

What are some of your favorite ways to make sure you’re always prepared when hunger cravings hit so that you don’t reach for an unhealthy option?



This post is sponsored by thinkThin but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. August 30, 2018 / 8:30 am

    I love keeping oatmeal cups in my desk drawer at work for days when I’m not hungry before I leave the house or am short on time. Much cheaper and easier than paying $5 for oatmeal at a deli!


    • hmbien
      August 30, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Yes! I wasn’t even thinking about the saving money part of being prepared with food on the go when I wrote it, but that’s so true!

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