In the midst of parenting our children, we sometimes forget to take better care of ourselves.
Eating well can offer us the energy and nutrition to get through our busy day, so we can focus on our tasks. There are simple ways for parents to have a healthier diet, which would do wonders for our overall health and wellness too. It’s time to take charge of our health, no matter how busy we are!
#1: Eat your breakfast
Skipping that first meal has been linked to obesity, diabetes and one will also be more likely to reach for quick-fix food later in the day when cravings ensue.
Quaker makes it easy to enjoy a healthy start to the day. From overnight oats to instant oatmeal, these offer convenience and nutrition effortlessly. Here are some easy ways to enjoy a healthy breakfast with oats at home, at the office, so there’s no excuse.
#2: Plan ahead
Meal planning prior to grocery shopping gives busy parents an idea on the meals to prepare for the week.
If you’re expecting a long day at work and might potentially skip lunch, prepare snacks and meals the night before, or during the weekend and freeze them. Look out for freezable containers to store freshly prepared food in the freezer, and reheat them before eating.
Alternatively, tucking into Quaker Instant Oatmeal or cups of Quaker Instant Oatmeal with added fruits and nuts boasts a wealth of nutritional goodness, and only requires hot water to prepare.
If you’re too busy to do your groceries, shop online at our major supermarkets and get them delivered to your doorstep.
#3: Make healthy eating a family affair
If you’ve got someone to cook your family’s dinner, do inculcate the importance of a healthy diet too. Cooking methods affect the nutritional value of ingredients, so choose to steam instead of deep fry when cooking.
Eating healthy meals together as a family helps busy parents lead by example too. Busy parents need not cave in to Fast Food or grab takeaways – one-pot dishes minimises time spent on preparation and washing up too. In fact, parents love these easy and healthy rice cooker recipes too.
#4: Have healthy snacks on standby
Busy and hungry at the same time? Keep these convenient healthy snacks at work and in the home kitchen to curb hunger pangs – Quaker 3 in 1 Oat Cereal Drink, Oatmeal Cookies, Chewy Granola Bars are great alternatives to the goreng pisang or bubble tea.
#5: Eat on time
With our busy lifestyles, irregular meals may seem like a norm, but it wrecks havoc to our body system, digestion and food choices.
Have smaller, frequent meals or snacks to keep your body’s sugar level constant. Meal skipping leads to poorer concentration as the brain experiences a dip in glucose. Busy parents are also more likely to overcompensate with a larger meal later in the day, and that results in calorie-loading the body, causing it to experience a sudden surge of energy and nutrition.
#6: Choose food with the Healthier Choice Symbol
Look for packaged food with the Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS) – these include beverages, snacks, canned food, chilled food and even oats, so there’s no excuse for a healthier diet, mums and dads!
There’s additional assurance to know that foods with this label such as Quaker products, are generally lower in total fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. Best of all, some of them are higher in dietary fibre and calcium too.
#7: Have what your kids are having
As parents, we can be pretty mindful of what our young children are eating. What about for ourselves?
A healthier diet also means lowering our intake of salt, cutting out Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and reducing the frequency of junk food, alcohol and smoking. These offer zero nutritional value, and are usually empty calories which eat up our energy..
Busy parents, perhaps it’s time to #eatclean to improve our health and wellness!
#8: Hydrate throughout the day
Busy day reminder: drink up! Fluids including soups help keep our systems in good condition, flushing out the toxins that accumulate.
During lunch, skip those soft drinks or yet another coffee or tea. Caffeine may offer a quick perk-me-up which busy and tired parents covet, but it has a mild diuretic effect. Reach out to the office water cooler or prepare your own water with slices of lemon to take with you at work. Water is clearly the healthier and inexpensive option.
#9: Eat wisely
While most working parents eat out during lunch, it’s easy to “eat for the sake of eating”. Do your body some good by asking for more vegetables and less gravy at the hawker centres and food courts. Choose fish porridge over fried fish, and Wanton Noodle Soup over Mee Goreng – those calories from our Singapore local food can add up to quite a fair bit.
Eating wisely need not be a sacrifice for your favourite food, so do eat in moderation and choose wisely.
Busy parents, it’s not too difficult to have a healthier diet. Improving our lifestyle habits can help us gain better health, so we have the energy and mind to take on our parenting roles!
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