Food for a busy contractor

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When you’re busy, it can often become difficult to stick to a regular meal routine. We’ve all been there – sometimes we skip breakfast or eat our evening meal later than usual. Sometimes this is unavoidable, however most of the time there are ways to tuck into your favourite dish, either on the go or after work.

Here are our favourite tips to ensure you are eating and drinking healthily, at regular points of the day:

Quick and easy meals

Having enough time to make your meal of choice would be ideal, right? Creating a list of your favourite meals, can be great motivation towards making these even after a hectic day working. You can even change things up and adapt your meals to suit the busy lifestyle. If you usually have something with chips, could you have it with pasta? Could you use a slow cooker?

BBC Good Food has a dedicated page to easy-to-prepare meals that can be served in 30 minutes or less, this is a great place to start if you’re looking for inspiration.

Be prepared for any unexpected events

Your calendar can suddenly become fuller than usual, for example if you’re working late or around the end of tax year. This can often mean grabbing food on the go or picking up a ready meal. Many of these choices aren’t healthy or substantial. If you’re often left picking something up on the way home, we’ve got a solution to end this.

Batch cooking can come in useful. One way of this is to make a larger-than-usual amount of food, splitting it into portions, then freezing it. When making your next favourite meal, why not consider making a bigger portion and saving some for a later date?

Our favourite picks for batch cooking are:

  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Soup – there are plenty of types to choose from!
  • A curry – chicken, vegetable, the choice really is yours

Whether you’re cooking Spaghetti Bolognese, a soup, or rustling up your favourite curry, batch cooking is a great way of making sure there’s always something to eat.

Breakfast and lunch are also important

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it gives you plenty of energy to get on with your day. However, making a nutritious breakfast doesn’t need to take up too much of your time. You’ll most likely be familiar with breakfast bars and snacks, these are brilliant if you’re always on the go. Team these with a piece of fruit, and you’re good to go.

When it comes to lunch, a packed lunch is the perfect choice if you’re often on the go. Packed lunches needn’t be boring – even if they’re healthy. You can even switch things up by swapping the usual ham sandwich with a more adventurous choice, such as pasta or rice. The possibilities really are endless!

Here for you

It’s easier said than done when it comes to putting time aside for yourself, whether that’s for relaxing or making a meal at the end of your day. At ClearSky, we understand that sometimes your working day may be longer than usual. Our specialist accountants can help to take the strain off the less exciting aspects of your career, leaving you with more time to stay happy and healthy. If you would like to discover how we can help you, or for more information, get in touch with our Best Advice team on 0800 464 0372.