Holy Freezeballs of the United States...
The First Snow has arrived in New York City!
...Because we really needed another volatile storm.
But let's look on the bright side. Snow is beautiful. Oh yes, yes it is.
...Alright My Beautiful Snowflakes, let's slice to the JUICE!
Since starting my Pilates apprenticeship, I no longer have the time or luxury to eat meals that take longer than 5 minutes to prepare. <Sigh> I know. It's rough.
And I'll admit, initially I was in a bunroll over the whole bit (primarily due to HATING the feeling of being rushed when I eat), but, hallelujah to the moon and back, I adapted quickly. In no time, I was coming up with ways to simplify my meals, while keeping them healthy, nourishing and, most importantly, stank-free!
Here's The Daily Dubie Game Plan To...
Simple, Healthy Meals-on-the-Go!
Plan & Prepare Ahead of Time!
This is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT part of the whole equation. If you don't have a plan, you don't have anything, and that's when you're most vulnerable and inclined to make poor choices (hello packaged junk food!). With a little planning and preparation, you're golden.
Here are some preparation tips:
- Designate ONE DAY a week to grocery shop, clean, chop and prepare your food for the week.
- Grocery shop once / week on the weekend (or on your day off early in the morning-when it's less crowded).
- Do all of the cleaning and chopping of produce on weekends/day off. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator to keep fresh.
- In advance, cook multiple servings of healthy grains like: Quinoa, brown or wild rice, oatmeal or whole grain pasta. These can all be eaten cold (in case you don't have access to a microwave or stove) and are versatile in how you choose to flavor them. Think of your grains as your blank canvas.
- In advance, prepare a large serving of homemade (non-stinky) salad dressing (see below for recipe).
- When you do have the time to cook a meal at home, always plan for leftovers, so you get multiple meals out of just one effort in the kitchen.
- When and if you dine out, take leftovers like grilled chicken breast, lean steak or pork home to eat in a different way for lunch the next day.
Here are some things you should ALWAYS keep your kitchen stocked with:
- Sprouted grain sliced bread (sandwiches) - I like Ezekiel brand.
- Carrot and Celery Sticks
- Dark Leafy Greens (whatever is in season) - I like mustard greens, spinach and kale right now.
- Organic Nut butters: Raw almond, raw cashew, raw pecan, organic (always crunchy) peanut butter
- Raw/Organic/Unsalted Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
- Organic Nut Milk: Almond or Cashew
- Organic Coconut Milk
- Plain Greek Yogurt
- Fresh Fruit: Apples, Bananas and Pears
- High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh Lemons
- High Quality Spicy (Dijon) Mustard
- Healthy grain(s): quinoa, wild or brown rice, oatmeal and/or whole grain pasta
And, finally, Here are 4 of My Quick, Grab-'N-Go-Friendly Meals!
Nut Butter & Fruit Sandwich
(2) Slices of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread
(2) Tablespoons Organic nut butter (I love almond and peanut best!)
(1) Medium Organic Apple or Pear, sliced thinly
(1) Cup Organic Strawberries, sliced
*Note: divide ½ fruit serving – Portion in sandwich and on side
**Toast bread if have access to toaster**
My Naked Salad Dressing
½ T Olive Oil
(2) T Fresh squeezed lemon juice
-1 clove of garlic, crushed (omit to eliminate stink-factor)
**Quadruple, Quintuple, etc. so you have on hand for (at least) week!**
Leftover Protein Pasta/Rice/Quinoa
(1) Cup (already made) whole-wheat pasta, rice or quinoa!
3 oz. Leftover protein: Organic chicken breast is best!
(1) Cup steamed veggies: whatever you have! – broccoli, asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, etc.
½ Cup Fresh Cherry Tomatoes
2 tsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Breakfast for Lunch: Almond Butter Oatmeal Bowl- served warm or cold!
*Combine oatmeal, milk and sweetener at least 4+ hours prior to eating*
(1/2) Cup Oatmeal
(1/2) Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
(1) T Chia Seeds
(1) T Almond Butter
(1) T Agave nectar, 100% maple syrup or raw honey
*You can do this with brown rice, quinoa, and barley –any grain!*
And that, Muñecas, is a whopping wrap!
Muah! Muah! Muah!
Wishing you all warm, cozy, dry eves!