If your life is anything like mine, you wonder how you ever get ’round to finishing anything.
Mind you, who am I to complain. I don’t even have my son living at home anymore. He moved out 20 years ago!
So those of you who have young families: I totally salute you.
But if it’s just you, or you and a partner….even then, life in today’s world is hectic.
The problem is this: if you don’t look after yourself and end up grabbing food that is just plain unhelpful or even damaging, the house of cards will collapse. Your body will not thank you.
If you’re not providing it with the right fuel, you’ll lose energy, you’ll feel down the dumps plus you’ll start gaining weight. As if all the other things were not enough on their own.
So I wanted to share some of my own tips for when you are crazy busy, but still want to eat healthy.
And we aren’t going to let “being crazy busy” stop us from looking and feeling great, right? Check!
So here’s what you need to do:
So very fast,…. just pour some coconut water, rice milk or hemp milk into the blender, then throw in ½ banana or berries AND some veggies (spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce, just to name a few).
Add some protein if you like (add hemp or chia seed, or maybe a scoop of vegan protein powder) and some healthy fats (1/4 avocado, some nuts or or a dash of tinned organic coconut milk.)
For extra flavor, add some organic vanilla extract or dash of Ceylon cinnamon. That’s the best 🙂
Always add 1 rounded TBS of flax seed meal for extra fibre and Omega 3s.
Drink it or pour into a bowl and decorate with additional fresh fruit and seeds. 2 minute meal.
Chop up a bunch of lettuce – romaine or red leaf – and add some spinach. Pile on some other veggies – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, sliced beets, bell peppers, left over baked vegetable cubes and onions…whatever you like.
Add some goji berries or sultanas for a delicious twist and extra fibre
Add some protein. Choose pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils or tofu.
Make a quick dressing with stone-ground mustard, a dash of vegetable stock instead of oil, and a couple sprays of Bragg’s Amino Acids (or just a bit of sea salt if you don’t have Bragg’s or can’t find it).
Toss it all together and eat.
Time saving tip:
You can make up salads ahead of time. For up to 3 days even. But don’t add the dressing to them yet because that will wilt the green leaves and it will all end up yuck.
So you don’t get bored with them, vary the proteins and the toppings for each day.
Line up the containers on the kitchen bench, put out all ingredients and just like at an assembly line, pick and choose and fill the containers. No more guilty lunches, my dear.
For day 3 you can even smear hummus on a seeded wrap and tip the salad and beans inside. Roll your lunch up. Easy.
#3 Know where you can get healthy take-out.
This could be from a nearby restaurant (I love my local Turkish restaurant and it’s really inexpensive…they make great hummus and falafels with fresh salad) or you could find a café that’ll make up something healthy for you.
I noticed that even supermarkets cater for healthy lunch options: they’ve got individual salads with quinoa or rice and green leaves. Something for everyone. Buy a small tin of beans or chickpeas and nuts to place on top of the salad and get a piece of fruit…you’re sorted.
If you have a microwave oven at work, you could bring your own soup from home with a couple of gluten free crackers or gluten free bread
Or you could buy a slimmer’s soup from the supermarket. Read the labels: you don’t want any oily, fatty, sugar additions or artificial ingredients.
#4 Weekend batch cooking
That is truly one of the best insurances against slip ups throughout the working week.
In our household I precook
- sautéed onions with some garlic, (these take 10 -15 minutes to do and when you get home late, a precooked batch is a big time saver)
- grains (such as brown rice, whole meal pasta, quinoa etc.)
- and cubed baked vegetables.
Imagine: you race home, heat up a pan, sauté some asparagus, cherry tomatoes, strips of red bell pepper and add 1 TBS of the prepped onions/garlic.
Now open a tin of beans, drain and rinse.
Add those to vegetables in the pan.
Pour over some home made Italian tomato and basil sauce you’ve kept in the freezer from last time. Add some cubed roasted butternut squash, fix seasoning…. and your sauce with veggies is done. 5 – 8 minutes.
Now reheat some whole wheat pasta, make a side salad by opening a supermarket bag of fresh baby greens, top with avocado and cucumber.
Dinner sorted in about 10 to 15 minutes: Whole wheat pasta with delicious Italian tomato sauce and sauteed vegetables with a side salad. Unprocessed healthy and filling AND good for your waistline.
Tomorrow: cook some mushrooms, add prepped onion/garlic, and add frozen peas, cubed roasted sweet potato, reheat quinoa or rice. Mix it all up, adjust seasoning.
Fix a side salad, serve with a glass of red wine…What? What am I saying here?
No, no! Skip the red wine, unless of course, it’s your birthday…
OK. No more stressing at dinner time. Now you are a Kitchen Diva…dinners will be done in a jiffy.
It’s always the small habits that add up. Don’t let yourself fall back into those old habits that cause you to not feel so great!
What do you like to eat when you are really busy?
Until next time, yours in Health and Skinny Jeans,