Good Morning, lovely friends!
So, according to my clients and most of you who email me…no one’s got time to cook or eat healthy. Well, I’ve got a little wake up call for you today that’s going to rock your lovely world and make it possible to whip up a healthy and delicious week of amazing food without having to stress or sit by your stove for 5 hours a day. I’m going to share a few of my healthy snack ideas with you and of course I’ve got a bunch of easy healthy meals on my recipe page for you to dive into, too!
- Make Sunday Your Prep Day.
Prep and cook gluten-free whole grains, fruits, veggies, a few homemade salad dressings, an easy dairy-free pesto, a homemade salsa for snacks, make overnight oats for breakfast and keep everything in the fridge or easy access all week long.
- Eat Breakfast EVERY Morning.
Prep something easy like overnight oats; make your oats with almond milk and store in the fridge overnight then you’ve got an easy go-to breakfast for yourself without any morning prep. If you get bored with serving gluten-free oats every morning, try porridge using together cooked gluten-free grains such as teff, buckwheat, quinoa, millet, amaranth or sorghum! Then add some raw honey, dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds, cacao powder and any other toppings you’d like!
- Buy Fresh Fruits and Veggies.
You can’t go wrong with buying fresh veggies that are easy to pick at and add to stir-fries, salads and sandwiches such as broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, bok choy, romaine, radishes, carrots and watercress. Toss in fresh fruits to your shopping cart for an easy sweet touch you can add to any breakfast from gluten-free oats to smoothies; you can also add fruits to salads and make your own jelly or jam! Try berries, pears, peaches, apples and melons for a sweet touch anytime of the day!
- Use Leftovers as Lunch for Tomorrow.
The best part about making a good dinner is that you can toss the leftovers into a sealed container for work tomorrow! This is great for whole grain dishes, pasta, soups and salads! Don’t be scared to pair your leftover veggies inside a gluten-free whole grain sandwich with avocado; no one said you have to eat boring leftovers the next day exactly how you had them the night before. Get creative!
- Stock Your Fridge with Hummus, Avocado and Salsa.
These are my 3 Go-To dips that I make sure my clients have at ALL times. Why? Because they are SO versatile; salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, burritos, fajitas, toast, eggs, etc. etc. etc. You get the picture? Keep ’em in your fridge and you’ll never want another processed bottle of salad dressing ever again.
Here’s a few recipes to get you started:
- Buy Raw Nuts and Seeds in Bulk.
The easiest way to get good fats into your lifestyle is by purchasing raw nuts and seeds; you can roast them yourself, make them into nut butter in your food processor, add them to salads, soups, stir fries, roasted veggie dishes, trail mix, granola or just munch on them raw! When I added in nuts and seeds to my life- everything changed and I felt so much better; the good fats in nuts and seeds help your hormones and keep your bowels functioning! Just make sure to chew them well or soak them in water overnight and then rinse them to soften them before eating!
- Buy Gluten-Free Whole Grains in Bulk.
You know what to do here; gluten-free oats, teff, millet, quinoa, sorghum, buckwheat, etc…get your grains in your bulk bins and stock your pantry so you’ve always got something on hand. You can prep these on Sunday nights and store cooked grains in the fridge and freezer for an easy no-fuss meal prep on a weekday night! Add them to a stir-fry, toss fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs together for a salad, add raw nuts and dried fruit or just enjoy alone with coconut oil, sea salt and pepper!
- Prep Smoothie Packs For The Entire Week.
Prep a few bags or containers (7 for the 7 days of the week) with fruits like bananas, berries, etc. so that every morning all you need to do is reach into the freezer for your frozen smoothie pack and dump one bag per day into your blender for an easy and tasty smoothie. Add almond milk, nuts and seeds or avocado for extra protein and flavor!
- Prep Snack Baggies For The Entire Week.
Just like your frozen smoothie bags, set out bags or containers and add sliced veggies, dried fruits, raw nuts and seeds, etc. for your snacks and store all 7 of them in the fridge so you have a snack for every day without the fuss of snack prep when you’re hungry or in a rush!
- Stock Emergency Supplies for Errands, etc.
I love emergency supplies; raw nuts and seeds, whole grain rice cakes, sliced veggies, dried fruits, fresh fruits like grapes or apples, nut and seed butters, gluten-free whole grain crackers, hummus, guacamole, etc. are all great to have on hand when you’re stuck in traffic, running errands or just simply starving without a meal in site. These will keep you happy so you’re not tempted to reach for the vending machine or drive-thru!