How to Eat Healthy When You’re Pressed for Time

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Despite the popular opinion that college students have too much free time (hi Dad), those of us actually in that boat know that that’s anything but true. The same goes for anyone in the working world…

Or wait, actually anyone EVER.

Somehow, no matter where we are in life (at least for most of us), there’s just not enough hours in the day. For me, every Thursday last semester, my schedule was so crazy that I was out of my apartment from 7:45 in the morning until that exact same time in the evening. 12 hours of running around! No complaints, BUT…the worst part?


Who really wants to make dinner at 8 p.m. after a 12 hour day? I sure didn’t.

So, in walks Lean Cuisine, totally saving my life. Not only can I get dinner ready in about five minutes, but it’s a healthy dinner with organic ingredient options, protein packed options, gluten-free options, and non-GMO options.

I’m obsessed. 

As a college student, I live for balance. With time-consuming assignments and post-grad prep, it’s easy to get hyped up coffee and junk food. No thanks. I’ll skip the Taco Bell run any day to hit up Target and feed my food mood with LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and some of my other fav options.

Here are a few of the most dire, pressed for time moments, where you’ll probably agree a Lean Cuisine is the way to go!:

At Work

I don’t have a full-time job since I’m still in college, but my free time is pretty much always spent working on this blog. And since I’ve been able to turn my little creative space on the Web into a side biz, it’s super important to me to put even more time into helping it grow. What does that mean? Long work days. It’s funny, because my family sometimes thinks I’m just entertaining myself on my computer or watching Netflix all day long…but no, I’m usually making website adjustments, writing posts, researching growth tactics, or strategizing on how to build my brand. I love it, but it’s nevertheless a job. And honestly, unless I’m shooting a recipe, time spent cooking is time wasted in my book. As bloggers, we wear many hats, and sometimes we need a little help! So, this is when I most often (& shamelessly!) whip out some Vermont mac & cheese, or sometimes even get a little cray with orange/sesame chicken 😉

During Finals Week

Honestly, finals week isn’t a pretty sight at any college. Hours of relentless studying often result in near caffeine overdoses and fast food binges (Chipotle anyone?). I was SO bad last semester and literally ordered pounds of eggplant parm and pasta one night to my apartment. I know, gross. Definitely taking advantage of Lean Cuisine’s new protein packed ingredient options this spring so I don’t have a major energy crash and Netflix binge like last semester.

After Practice

Like I said, protein packed options. I’m on my school’s equestrian team, and practices can be loooooong. It’s even worse when it’s cold out! I need comfort food AND a quick hunger fix when I get home (sometimes after 9 p.m.!).

In Between Classes

Anyone else have a crazy busy class schedule? We’ve all been there at some point, and the last thing on anyone’s mind in between hours of classes is actually cooking. For me, it’s so important that I have something at my apartment ready to go so that I don’t eat lunch out (aka spend money I don’t have and eat food I don’t even like ((that much…)). I used to go out for Chinese on the reg, but now I’ll just keep Lean Cuisine’s Sesame and/or Orange Chicken in the freezer, and it’s something to look forward to when I stop home for lunch/din.

During a Netflix Binge

Okay, this last one’s SUPER lazy girl approved. Lately I can’t get enough of How to Get Away with Murder. It seems like every episode ends on a cliffhanger, and there’s no way I’m going to take a break to cook. No thanks. #sorrynotsorry. If you’re in the middle of Netflix binge, break out the Lean Cuisine now. Thank me later.

Sesame stir fry with chicken! Sesame stir fry with chicken!

How do you guys manage to eat healthy on a busy schedule? Would you try/do you like Lean Cuisine? Spill in the comments! 

P.S. Target is now offering Lean Cuisines for just $2 (#brokecollegegirlapproved), and you can grab a coupon for one dollar off five here!

Happy Thursday!