Healthy Meals For Nurses

July 15, 2014
Travel Nurse Tip | Healthy Meals For Nurses

Want To Eat Healthy But Faced With Time Challenges At Work? 

If you're a nurse, you understand the challenges of meal planning. Working through the night or assisting multiple doctors simultaneously can make eating healthy difficult. Our guide offers tips to keep you from going hungry through your shift while eating healthy meals and snacks.

1. Embrace Mediterranean style eating. Healthy meals for labor nurses aren't difficult to make or procure, but rather finding the time to eat them! Because the Mediterranean diet focuses on healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, but in smaller servings, creating a melange of power foods could keep you powered up through your shift. While the nature of your duties may not allow you to sit down to eat a full meal, sneaking away for a quick break for a few minutes here and there to snack will help keep the glycemic index balanced. 

Grab a to-go container with several compartments and fill it with the following: 

  • hummus
  • kalamata olives
  • pistachios and almonds
  • broccoli tossed in olive oil
  • feta cheese
  • chicken or beef strips
  • cucumber slices tossed in sesame oil 

2. Choose super drinks when time really is of the essence. If your drink contains whole foods that are nutrient dense, one or two a day as a snack or small meal will suffice- you can even divide these into small containers to drink while walking down the hall or from assignments. Try these two protein boosting drinks for the busy season ahead: 

Tip: You can make this ahead of time and will be good for 24 hours covered in the frige. For best results store in a glass container. 

  • 24 Karrot Gold
    • In a blender blend: ?
      • 2 small carrots chopped
      • 1-1 1/2 cups almond, hemp or organic cow milk
      • 2 oranges chopped
      • 1 scoop non-GMO protein powder of your choice (we like whey or a mix of hemp, flax and pea) {approximately 18-22 grams of protein}
      • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract or vanilla beans
      • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Coconut Creamsicle
  • In a blender blend:
    • 1 banana chopped
    • 1/2 cup coconut cream
    • 1 avocado chopped
    • 1 scoop non-GMO protein powder of your choice (we like whey or a mix of hemp, flax and pea) {approximately 18-22 grams of protein}
    • 1/2 cup chopped kale

3. Prepare grab and go foods. A bit more food at one time than the snacking philosophy for when you actually have time to sit down!

  • Street tacos:
    • choose healthy organic corn tortillas, hard or soft
    • in a sectioned to-go container place shredded chicken, turkey or tofu (your choice of protein)
    • spinach or cabbage
    • chopped tomatoes or healthy salsa
  • Turkey roll ups:
  • on a healthy tortilla laid flat (one without refined ingredients), roll in this order: 
    • tukey
    • dijon mustard
    • swiss chard
    • dried cranberries
    • roll and cut

Think healthy meals for labor nurses are impossible to create? Our meal tips will get you eating healthy no matter how busy you are on your shift.