Although I love to cook elaborate recipes and experiment in the kitchen, these days I simply don’t have enough time to do that. Whether you are time-crunched or simply would rather be doing something other than slaving over a 20-step recipe, here are some simple ways to make a healthy meal in a snap.
1. Use frozen vegetables. Many of my clients are surprised when I tell them that frozen veggies are close to fresh ones in terms of nutritional value. They are already washed, peeled, chopped, and ready to go, saving you tons of prep time. Simply add to your whole wheat pasta or stirfry dish and you are a step ahead of the game! Another benefit is that you won’t have to worry about them going bad (unless you leave them in your freezer for ages).
2. Cook in batches. It doesn’t take that much more effort to cook a big pan of something or a big crockpot full of chili. Save time by cooking in bulk and then freezing some for later.
3. Simple snacks. Unless you are preparing for a physique competition or have some other reason to be really particular about your food, always having healthy snacks on hand is a sure-fire life saver for busy people. Whether it’s a mason jar of raw almonds and a bucket of fresh apples from the local farmer’s market or hummus and carrot sticks, there are many easy things that you can have “on tap” and grab on the go. Generally I am not a huge fan of store-bought granola bars or regular yogurts (Greek yogurt is way better) unless you are really active because they are loaded with sugar. (Honey, agave, maple syrup, whatever is still sugar. Your body doesn’t care if it is organic blah blah blah sugar or processed white sugar).
4. Always take your water bottle. I really dislike bottled water because it creates so much extra waste. If you take your own water bottle, you can stay hydrated without adding unnecessary calories, chemicals, or spending extra money. Winning.
5. Super smoothies. As a new mom with a crazy schedule, there are times when all I really have time for is a protein shake. Try to use fresh ingredients and keep the protein content high. There are tons and tons of ways to make smoothies. My favorite is to use 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, some frozen fruit, and 2 tsp UDOs oil. Sometimes I also add ground flaxseed or hemp hearts. Natural nut butter, banana, and chocolate protein is also a yummy combo! Experiment, google search, and enjoy!
Hope you are having a fantastic weekend~! I have to get back to the books ;)