Monday, January 4, 2016

Healthy Eating for the Person Who Hates to Prep: Part 2

In the first part of this two part series, I discussed methods for eating healthy while maintaining a busy life.  The majority of us do not have the time to shop for and cook elaborate meals on a daily basis.  Below, I have listed a variety of food combinations that I incorporate as snacks and meals throughout the day.   Keep in mind I am a vegetarian, so feel free to add your choice of protein to the following (egg, chicken, tuna, other lean meats).  At some point, I'm pretty sure I have eaten any of the following as breakfast, lunch OR dinner.
  • Italian Nachos.  This consists of a low carb tortilla wrap and blue corn tortilla chips topped with melted mozzarella shredded cheese, marinara sauce and spinach.  Add your choice of protein which, for me, is usually black beans.
  • Oatmeal Concoction.  This is my creative name for regular oatmeal topped with natural peanut butter.  It gets more exciting when I add fresh fruit, honey, yogurt, protein powder, chunks of Quest bars...anything!  I also add cinnamon because it is an anti-inflammatory and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.  Just be sure to watch portions because it's easy to go overboard and the calories will add up.
  • Nicecream.  I have been making "nice cream" for quite some time. But it wasn't until I discovered the hashtag that I realized there was a name for it.  Basically, I freeze bananas (break into chunks first and store in a ziploc bag), then blend with a scoop of protein and a minimal amount of almond milk.  The result is a protein shake so thick, you can eat it with a spoon. Thus, resembling ice cream.  Feel free to use fruits other than bananas!  Add protein for more flavor and nutrients!
  • Protein Jello.  Prepare sugar free jello as instructed.  Before refrigerating, add 1 container of nonfat Greek yogurt and mix thoroughly.
  • Cottage Cheese and Chips. Or cottage cheese and crackers! Veggies! Pretzels! Cottage cheese is high in casein protein, which is digested slowly and keeps you feeling full.  I've been know to add salsa to this as well.
  • ProYo Bowl.  This is a combination of nonfat greek yogurt with protein powder, mixed with some water.  This "bowl" is similar to the oatmeal recipe listed above.  Once I stir the yogurt and protein with some water, I get creative.  I'll add raisins, nut butter, fruit, Kashi cereal, etc.  Again, watch portions because it's easy to go overboard and the calories will add up.
  • Sweet Potato Fries.  Microwave your sweet potatoes, let cool and then cut into slices.  Mix with coconut oil (about 1 T. per large potato) and cinnamon.  Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 or until crispy.
  • Veggie Wrap.  Has anyone else tried those individual boxes of vegetable medleys from Green Giant?? I love them! I'll cook one and put in on top of a low carb wrap, then top with cottage cheese.
  • PBJ! A classic favorite.  I recommend using Ezekiel bread because of it's a source of complete protein.  My favorite peanut butter is Skippy's low sugar/low sodium, natural variety.  Opt for fresh strawberries or a low sugar jam.
  • Popcorn.  Using popcorn seeds and a brown paper lunch bag, I make my own! This allows you to add your own choice (and amounts) of toppings.  Place about 1/4 c. of seeds in a brown paper lunch bag.  Seal the top by folding it over a couple of times.  Microwave for 2-3 minutes or as needed.  I'll usually top with butter spray.  I have also sprinkled it with low sodium taco powder.  Ranch dressing mix is another option I have used.
  • Fiesta Bowl.  Brown rice, black beans and salsa. Add avocado for some healthy fats! Want more greens? Add spinach!
  • Quest bars!  When all else fails. 

Have you tried these snacks or do you have ones that are similar?

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