Dear food diary (and people of the internet) here’s what I ate today…
Usually I find these sort of posts far too self indulgent for my liking. I find it’s usually just a case of one wanting to advertise how well they’ve done on their diet endeavors, or seeking praise for eating healthily. Which is all FINE…but let’s be clear here, this post is solely to show off my culinary skills, and how much I love my hobby of making clean and healthy snacks. So feel free to praise my cooking abilities in the comments below LOL
In all seriousness though, I was quite pleased with myself about what I ate on Monday. I ate an amazing spread of clean healthy meals from my very own kitchen, and it was made easy by the fact that I put a few hours of effort in on my day off on Sunday afternoon. This post is actually more about how food preparation at the beginning of the week can lead to success with your healthy eating goals, and can mean the difference between choosing the right foods that make you feel great all week long!
Here are 5 easy tips to follow when it comes to prepping healthy meals ahead of time.
Step 1: Pre-wash and bag your veggies so they are easily accessible when you’re in a hurry. This week I did kale, dandelion, and green chard.
Having my greens all ready in the morning made it easy to make a fresh juice of grapefruit, ginger, dandelion, and cucumber. That with a bowl of berries was the perfect way to start my day!
Step 2: Make a big batch of grains. Having grains like quinoa pre-made means you can literally have a full meal ready in minutes. Just add some veggies and sauce and go.
This is where the bragging comes in. I’m sorry, but this lunch was delicious! Alfalfa sprouts, sundried tomatoes, walnuts, and fresh pesto all on a bed of protein packed quinoa. Nom nom nom.
Step 3: Having a healthy sauce that you love in the fridge can encourage you to make healthy choices even in moments of weakness. Knowing that you’ve got something that’s packed full of flavor at your fingertips can mean the difference between an impulse fast food feast, or a healthy meal at home.
My favorite is zesty cilantro and parsley pesto.
Zesty Pesto Recipe
-Chop a head of cilantro, and parsley
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-Juice of 1 lime
-1/3 c olive oil
-Pinch of sea salt
-1 tsp chili flakes (optional)
Throw all ingredients in a food processor, and voila!
Step 4: Especially if you have a sweet tooth like I do make sure you have sweet treats around! If you deny yourself all week of sweets by the weekend you will likely want to over indulge. Snacks like dates, extra dark chocolate, or this avocado pudding I discovered while on the Ultimate Energy Cleanse a few weeks ago are great options.
Carob avocado pudding with cinnamon on top is the perfect fix when you’re looking for something sweet.
Step 5: If at all possible, have fresh herbs on hand. Even in my inner city apartment I grow a few herbs on my sunny windowsill. This is a great way to add some extra flavor to salads so that you don’t get bored and move onto something else.
I made this salad for dinner with kale, yellow zucchini, red pepper, alfalfa sprouts, tofu, roasted pumpkin seeds, topped with rosemary and lemongrass fresh from my windowsill herb garden. Drizzle with some lemon juice and olive oil and you got yourself an explosion of flavors!
Last but not least, I had a bowl of blueberries with a splash of Amaretto to finish off my day of delicious clean eats. Taking the time to food prep really can make eating healthier much easier, and makes me pretty darn happy. Do you pre-cook your meals for the week? What are some of your favorite quick pre-made, healthy meals?