Over time I have noticed that the hardest hill to climb in achieving a consistent, healthy diet is the inconvenience of not having pre-packaged, on-the-go options. I know we all live so fast and busy, which can bump eating well down on the list of priorities, but I hope my tips and experiences are helpful and maybe even spark new ideas!
HOW TO GET YOUR VEGGIES IN:
I looove my veggies (and I hope you do, too!!!). One of the easiest ways I’ve found to make sure I’m eating enough of them is prepping at the beginning of the week. I pre-wash everything so I don’t have to worry about doing so each time I have to leave my house and throw things in a Ziploc or get home late from work and need to eat as quick as possible so I can get to bed at a decent hour.
I typically will have carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, or celery, and a tub of hummus (I like Cedar’s but my family’s homemade recipe is my favorite) as a snack. I also throw blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries into a big tupperware bowl so they’re ready to scoop out and take with you wherever and whenever you need to go!
As for meals on the go, I make a big pot of either quinoa, buckwheat, or brown rice to throw underneath some yummy roasted veggies or mix with spaghetti squash at any time of the week. Also having pre-cooked lentils, black beans, or garbanzos are a good option to have available to add to any meal.
Some favorite pairings of mine are:
- asparagus, sweet potato, and red onion
- bell peppers, brussel sprouts, and yellow squash
- zucchini, sweet potato, and bell peppers
- broccoli, bell peppers, and red onion
Oh, and mushrooms with EVERYTHING!!!
My all-time favorite seasoning is ‘Slap-Ya-Mama’s’. It. Is. The. BOMB-DIGGITY. Also, adding a splash of balsamic vinegar while sautéing your meals is life-changing. I promise. If you’re feeling Italian, though, Dave’s gourmet pasta sauce (sold only at Sprouts, I’ve found) is like heaven for your tastebuds. I haven’t ever been a huge spaghetti sauce fan, but this stuff is DELICIOUS!!! I will usually just chop up a lot of veggies (to make sure I get those nutrients in), sauté, and then dump on top of my spaghetti squash. It is YUMMY!
Whenever I’m prepping a fresh meal at home, I typically throw about 3 big handfuls of spinach or kale into a saute pan with other veggies. Health professionals say we need to be eating leafy greens 6 TIMES a day. YES- 6!!! That is a lot, I hear you, but you will feel so different due to the amount of fiber and nutrients you’re receiving. (If you are skeptical, you can find more information here)
FINDING WAYS TO GET THOSE GREENS IN:
It may seem weird, but it honestly isn’t as bad as you might think…. Some mornings, I boil some kale and mix it into my oatmeal. Once I’ve added berries, nuts, flaxseed, and maybe some almond milk or coconut sugar, I can hardly even notice those greens!
PACKAGED OPTIONS THAT ARE NOT FILLED WITH CRAP:
I love, love, love Lenny + Larry’s Protein Cookies. Snicker doodle + Lemon Poppyseed are my favorites, but they are all verrrry tasty! Lärabars are also a great option if you only have time to run in whole foods and snag something off the shelf.
The things about those products is that they are not only protein dense, but also have a great amount of fiber. Our issue these days is NOT getting enough protein in our diet (we have WAY too much, to be honest). Our dilemma is that we simply do not get enough fiber. So, my main recommendation would be to ALWAYS have whole, fresh fruit available to take with you everywhere. It’s a great source of vitamins and nutrients to keep around.
I’m not gonna lie and say it will be easy at first but, with a little effort and elbow grease, YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Well, friends, that’s all I got for today….BUT STAY TUNED!!! Much, much more (along with pictures) to come!!!!!
Hope this information is helpful to y’all!
EAT MORE PLANTS!