Whether you’re meal planning for an active family of four or grabbing a quick solo lunch between meetings, mindful healthy eating is easy and stress free. In a world of convenience food like hot pockets and frozen dinners its easy to forget that the most simple and perfect food you can munch is straight off the plant. Calm your buzzing adrenals with the following tips for simplifying nutrition.
1.) Eat The Original Fast Food: What is simpler than biting into a juicy orange or crunching a few stalks of celery? Forget the drive through and bike to your corner grocery store for a bag of perfect produce. No plastic packaging, hormones, antibiotics, MSG, trans fats, preservatives or chemicals to speak of.
2.) Avoid Boxes and Cans: Pick a rainbow of vibrant whole foods at your local farmers market or roam your favorite produce section. Start with whole foods and then meander into processed and packaged food isles if you must. Processed and packaged foods waste precious resources and come loaded with heavily salted, oiled and sugary, nutrient void garbage. If a box or can nutrition label has more than 5 ingredients move on.
3.) Eat Mono Meals: A simple breakfast of one or two types of fruit (like apples, oranges, or berries) is not only easy to digest and inexpensive, but quick! No prep or clean up, which means more beauty sleep for you.
This is my drool worthy mono meal of choice. Can you guess what it is? I’ll be eating a few in Bali!
4.) Prep Snacks: I recommend and personally always have a few pieces of fruit or a baggy of raw nuts/trail mix in my purse for easy snacks on the go. I baggy of water and mineral dense veggies, like bell pepper and cucumber, hits the spot too. Grab an avocado and spoon if you need something more substantial.
5.) Blend Smoothies: Toss your favorite fruits (mine are blueberries and bananas), two huge handfuls of dark leafy greens like kale, spinach or romaine, plus a few scoops of hemp, chia or flax seeds and presto! An easy, nutrient dense meal that will last you for hours. Don’t be afraid to whip up a smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In fact, an easy way to detox, give your digestion a break and save time is to blend breakfast and dinner and eat your largest meal of the day at lunch. Check out My Top 5 Filling Raw Smoothies for a few tasty ideas.
6.) Buy Enough: I find most clients just don’t buy enough fresh whole foods. Planning for your week of snacks takes about 2.5 seconds at the store. If you know you eat 5 pieces of fruit per day, like me, then stock up for at least a few days. Remember to eat and pack your snacks and meals too! How many times have you bought a fridge full of food and then proceeded to eat out all week? Save your hard earned moolah, and the planet, by not wasting what you buy.
It takes some experimentation to buy only what you need. It’s a fun challenge of culinary wizardry to empty your fridge and cabinets before you buy more. I dare you to try!
Nutrition is that simple. For some odd reason our brain likes to complicate things!
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