Grab n’ GoMarch 28, 2017
Easily Prepared Foods that Support Your Fitness Goals
I love to meal prep. Nothing makes me feel more “on top of things” than a good ol’ Sunday morning meal prep (exercise, a full fridge and clean house are very close seconds). However, life happens and even I fall off the wagon. It’s hard cutting up a butternut squash when your 10-month-old keeps putting dog food in his mouth, let me tell ya. So, when I don’t get the time to focus on my food prep, I do what any normal person would do – go to the drive thru. Kidding! While the temptation of any sort of carry out sounds appealing, I don’t have the money or stomach for all of that garbage. I just look for even better short cuts!
Pre-cut/pre-washed veggies are a lifesaver. Yes, they cost a bit more because the work is done. However, I would much rather pay for that than put something not so healthy in my pie hole or stay hungry. I can turn the oven on, dump the veggies onto a tray and slide the tray into the oven with a baby on my hip. No excuses.
Hard Boiled Eggs. If you cannot eat eggs or just don’t like them, then this go-to snack will not help. But, for those of you that love eggs like I do, this is an amazing grab n’ go protein that doesn’t even require a fork. Once the hard boiled eggs have cooled, peel them all and place them in the fridge. Everyone can boil water. Again, no excuses.
Nuts. I personally like to make my own trail mix with nuts because I like to be in control of what goes into the bag. Lots of trail mixes contain unnecessary oils or sweeteners (read labels, my friends!) I recently hit up the bulk bins at Whole Foods for the first time and LOVED it. I didn’t have to commit to a whole bag of something (money saver!) and I was able to buy more of a variety! Why didn’t I do this sooner?
Nut butter packets. I love these! I like to toss one (usually almond butter) in my bag while packing snacks for the kiddos. Put the nut butter on an apple or banana (again, just toss it in a bag) and you are good to go! No utensils necessary! Again, make sure to read labels. Stick to the one ingredient nut butters. You don’t want any added oils/sweeteners!
There you have it! All of these snacks require very minimal/no work. Preparation is key when it comes to healthy/clean eating. Planning ahead can help you stay on track and reach your fitness goals. What are some of your short cuts? I would love to know!