Life as a #girlboss often means your cal is scheduled down to the minute. And when you’re dashing between appointments all day, eating well and working out are often the first things to fall off your radar. To find out how to fit it all in, we went straight to the source. Cassey Ho is a YouTube fitness guru, the founder of Blogilates and one of our Re:Make 2015 speakers (get your tickets here, PS). Here’s how she manages to squeeze good nutrition and exercise into an extremely active agenda.
1. Smoothies: “I’m obsessed with smoothies because they are quick and easy to make,” Cassey tells us. “Right now my favorite is my Peanut Butter Banana Shake Recipe. It’s hard to believe how healthy it is because it literally tastes like dessert!” Just blend one ripe banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a cup of almond milk, a half scoop of vanilla protein powder and two handfuls of ice together and enjoy. (via Blogilates)
2. Five-minute breakfasts: We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you only have a little time to spare in the morning, Cassey suggests making a veggie scramble. “I slice up any vegetables I have around the house — usually peppers, spinach, tomatoes — toss them on a skillet, add an egg and egg whites, and then I have the perfect quick breakfast full of nutrients and protein,” she says. Pro tip: Make a batch of these breakfast scramble muffins ahead of time and pop them in the freezer for busy days. (via Becky’s Best Bites)
3. Bring on-the-road snacks: When you’re jet-setting, it can definitely be difficult to stay conscious of eating healthy. Cassey’s advice? “I would suggest bringing any snacks that you can with you. This way you are prepared and don’t have to be tempted by any junk food at airports,” she says. “Fruit, veggies and protein bars are great snacks to take on the go. Water is also essential. Carry a water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated and full.” You can make your own power bars for the road, like these pumpkin pie power bars that are perf for fall. (via Community Table)
4. Make active choices: Staying active starts with small choices, even when you’re traveling. “Instead of sitting the entire time at the airport, walk around!” Cassey suggests. And as not all hotels come with gyms, look up some workouts you can do without any equipment at all. “Even 20 minutes of a high intensity workout is better than nothing! Just do what you can to keep moving.”
5. Make working out non-negotiable: Living healthy comes with making it a priority. “Schedule your workouts like you would schedule a meeting with your boss,” Cassey advises. “This way it will become a habit. If you need to, mark them on your calendar to stay accountable. Find the times that work best for your lifestyle to work out, even if that means waking up a little bit earlier,” she says. “You’ll never regret a workout.” Truer words have never been spoken.
6. Keep lunch simple: “Salads are essential and easy to make and bring to work,” Cassey says. “Load up on lots of veggies and add a lean protein such as a chicken breast or tofu.” Try out one of these delicious mason jar salads for a simple lunch. Cassey also has a time-saving tip: “You can even make a huge salad at the beginning of the week and have it prepped for your lunches for the next few days!” she tells us. This tasty seven layer avocado salad is just as beautiful as it is delicious. (via California Avocado)
7. Pack a midday snack: It’s three o’clock, and that afternoon slump is hitting hard. Sometimes, what you need to perk up or quell that rumbling stomach is a quick snack. “I love snacking on nuts and fruit. Almonds, walnuts and pecans are my favorite!” Cassey says. “A small portion fills me up and energizes me until dinnertime. If I’m still hungry I’ll go for an apple or banana to give me that extra boost.” Try Cassey’s own brown rice tortilla, coconut yogurt/light cream cheese and fruit pizza for a simple (and Instagrammable!) snack option.
Will you be trying out any of Cassey’s recipes or tips? Tell us in the comments below!