Or find yourself racing through meals or snacks? I get it. We all have a lot going on.
So this week, I'm back with a gentle reminder to slow things down, eat without your phone (can you imagine?!) or while driving and make the time to feed yourself calmly.
Mindful eating can be a way to trick yourself into eating less, honoring your body and truly registering hunger and/or I'm full signals. This week try to eat slowly, spend some time and intention planning out healthy meals and snacks. And nourish your body, mind and spirit.
Here are a few helpful hints I use to get meals on the table in minutes and quick real food on the go. Hope this helps. Make this a great week everyone! And EAT REAL FOOD.
1. Fruit & Nuts
Always in my car or in my bag. Especially fruit. Bananas, already peeled orange wedges or berries are great to have while away from home.
Nuts are also good, but easy to heavy hand on the portion size. So be careful not to rifle through an entire bag if your goal is to loose weight. Maybe portion out handfuls and keep in a larger container in the car, so you're ready when hunger strikes.
2. Raw Oat Bowls or Overnight Oats
Lately I've been packing breakfast on the go and started mixing raw oats, sliced nuts, chia seeds, fresh fruit and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice on top. I honestly thought it was going to be gross but have been pleasantly surprised with all the bursting fruit flavors and textures. Not to mention the fiber boost! Give it a try, it's perfect packable oats! No stovetop required.
Overnight oats are nothing new, but can be just as convenient. A blend of raw oats and unsweetened almond milk in the fridge the night before and breakfast is ready in minutes the next morning. Just add your favorite toppings, stir and enjoy.
3. Vegetable Sticks & Hummus
Let's be honest sometimes raw veggie sticks can be a bit bland. But hummus adds just enough taste to get you crunching those veggies and smiling. Look for portion size cups of hummus at your supermarket making it the perfect snack on the go.
We've all heard this one...are you really hungry or just thristy? Check in with yourself and drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated and happy. Add in slices of oranges, cucumbers or lemons to keep things interesting.
5. Where to Begin: Pack Your Own Lunch Ideas
Salad Wraps: not in the mood for another raw, cold salad? Roll it up in a collard green leaf or healthy tortilla wrap. Using thin slices of your favorite vegetables and greens. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar just before eating and use avocado or hummus to keep everything in place.
Dinner Leftovers: Always high on my lunch list of things to use up and enjoy the next day. A great way to save money and stick within your budget.
Finger Foods: No utensils needed and perfect to take anywhere. Pack up a variety of nutritious snacks like...Nuts, popcorn, veggie sticks, edamame, hummus roll ups, seeds, fruits, berries, rice cakes, etc. Pack a rainbow and enjoy!
Power Bowls: Cooked grains like quinoa, rice or lentils are a great way to pack up a protein bowl of health. Combine lentils, greens, roasted veggies, salad toppings and avocado for a filling, healthy meal idea. Make it big & colorful.