Sometimes I'm surprised how much I love healthy food - veggies, meat, water...they actually taste amazing. BUT that doesn't mean I have a foolproof diet. When I am not prepared and something not so healthy is within reach, I will often indulge. They key is to stay prepared! Take the time when we have it to get those healthy foods ready to grab and eat. Below are some of my favorite prepare ahead meals and snacks.
Roast Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, etc
Cut into similar size pieces. Lightly toss (or spray with misto) in Olive Oil
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.
Add on top of salads or alongside meat and rice.
Steam Broccoli, Cauliflower
I have a rice cooker with steamer on top, so I can take care of both simultaneously
Veggies could also be steamed on the stove
Blend Leafy Greens
Blend greens with water and freeze in ice cube trays
Use for smoothies, sneak into chili or other soups
Salsa Chicken in Crockpot
Buy fresh salsa, dump in crockpot with chicken, cook on low 6-8 hours. It's that easy.
I love it on salads, with my eggs, or made into tacos
Trader Joes or Aidells sausage
Brown and pack with veggies and rice for tomorrow's lunch or add in soup
I haven't had one yet I didn't like, but my current favorite is Chicken Sausage with Spinach, Fontina & Roasted Garlic
DIY Trail Mix
Buy you favorite nuts, dried fruit, seeds, cacao nibs, etc. Place in a container and shake 'em up!
Much less expensive than store bought and you get to customize.
Endless options and you can add protein powder
Melt dark chocolate and mix in your favorite nut, dried fruit, or shredded coconut (the best)
Drop onto parchment paper and put in the fridge (or freezer, if you just cant wait)
I tried to keep these ideas as simple as possible. I've been making a lot of recipes in the crockpot that have a few more steps, but are still prettty easy. Coming soon :)
I love food and hope you do too! My recipes are simple - buy the highest quality ingredients you can afford and slow down to enjoy the food that is fueling you.
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