By Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
With the back-to-school/ back-to-routine season upon us it’s easy to feel overwhelmed to get everything that needs to be done in a day completed and still make time to take care of ourselves.
Oftentimes it can feel like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done but the good news is there are strategies we can implement to help us shortcut healthy meals, plan our days for success, and be flexible when we need to be.
Here are five realistic and easy ways to ease back into a routine that will help you feel your best and fuel your days for success without stress.
Ease back into your routine this fall in a way that feels approachable and realistic. Instead of starting from scratch, start by making small improvements to your current habits and routines.
Making small changes ensures you’re better able to stick to them and gives you the confidence to continue to add on and make other changes in a way that feels doable
Fuel Your Days for Success
Did you know that potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable?
Potatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable that contain quality carbohydrates as well as other vitamins and minerals are important for optimal physical and mental performance.
Whether you’re headed back to the classroom or just trying to settle into a routine for fall, ensuring that you incorporate potatoes will help fuel your brain and muscles.
Meal Plan with Potatoes
Russets, reds, yellows, and fingerlings, and more, oh my!
When it comes to making a grocery list, you can feel good knowing fresh and frozen potatoes are a no-brainer that should always be included. Since they’re nutritious and versatile, you can use them in a variety of ways to keep meals fun and fresh all throughout the year.
Potatoes are easy to prepare in advance for meal prep, or quickly cook for a weeknight meal that can be ready in less than 30 minutes.
Make Time for Movement
When demanding schedules feel overwhelming, it’s important to schedule time for exercise and self care. Whether it’s a walk outside to enjoy the season or a quick sweat session to help boost energy, prioritizing this time for ourselves helps us show up better in all other aspects of our lives.
It’s important to replenish the energy used during activity which is where potatoes come in. A medium (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein, and 620 milligrams of potassium, an important mineral for muscle function. Making potatoes a post-workout staple is a great idea.
Don’t Strive for Perfection, Instead Be Flexible
Being a little bit flexible can go a long way to ensure success in our routines. Since no two days are the same it’s important to remember that even the most well thought out plans can change but that doesn’t always have to create stress.
For example, having staples on hand like potatoes and other nutritious fruits and vegetables is a great way to ensure that healthy meals are possible even when schedules change and it’s necessary to be flexible. These are a few of my favorites: