too busy to eat healthy!
I hear from a lot of my mom-friends (and non-mom friends!) that they are WAY too busy to eat healthy. I am gonna go ahead and call you out if this is your excuse for eating a bunch of bad and/or processed food! I thought I would share my arsenal of food tools that I ALWAYS have on hand to help make healthy eating easy and quick. I have an 8 month old and work 40+ hours a week…I need easy and quick or it’s NOT going to happen.
Alright, so this is what you are seeing here (starting with the earliest in the day):
1. Liquid Egg Whites – every morning I eat 1 egg and 3/4 cup of scrambled egg whites with a slice of gluten-free or Ezekiel bread with 1 TB of PB – and fruit if I worked out that morning! I keep liquid egg whites on hand because I think it is easier to do that than to crack 6 eggs and separate the whites…that’s just me. Again, trying to keep it quick and easy and this works for me!
2. Shakes/Bars. I am in love with Shakeology – I have been drinking it for 3+ years now and I find it helps me control my calories! I typically drink Shakeology for meal #2 or #3 for the day – I blend it with unsweetened almond milk and PB2 (powdered PB that is ~50 cals for 2 TBS…all the protein/taste and none of the fat of regular PB!). If I lifted weights that day I also throw in a 1/2 cup of quick oats to beef it up a bit! I also love to keep KIND Bars on hand – they are one of the only bars out there that aren’t filled with a ton of JUNK and chemicals…read the labels, folks!
3. Low-Carb or Ezekiel Wraps – Love these for meal #3 or #4 for the day! A wrap with hummus or goat cheese, a little bit of chicken or turkey, spinach, and cherry tomatoes is the PERFECT small meal/large snack for midday. It takes about 2 minutes to make it.
4. Apples + PB2 – I LOVE to have an apple and peanut butter for a my last snack before dinner, but peanut butter seriously packs on the fat and calories! A lot of people say “PB is a great source of protein” when in fact, peanut butter is considered a fat, not a protein! (but yes, it does have a protein!) So I have started doing an apple and PB2 with a small piece of cheese instead – so instead of being a snack loaded with 16+ g of fat, now I have a 200 calorie snack with 10+ g of protein and less than 8g of fat…perfect! Easy, easy, easy!!!
So there ya have it…a few tips that hopefully help you figure out how you can make healthy, easy, FAST choices for quick meals throughout your day!!