Some people think it’s really hard to get real food into their day. Are you one of them? Are you chained to that diet drink and frozen diet meal for lunch? Well set yourself free. It’s really not all that hard once you make a few changes, slowly and over time.
Mark Bittman asks the question Is ‘Eat Real Food’ Unthinkable? I say it is thinkable so let’s think how!
Here are 5 easy ways to add more real food into your day.
1. Make a smoothie for breakfast. It’s faster and cheaper than the drive through window and so much better for you. Toss into a blender some fruit, vegetables and a little water. You can also add ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds for added Omegas. If you want to feel more full add in a little coconut oil to your smoothie. To make it thick use some of the fruit or vegetables frozen. I like frozen organic spinach and organic wild blueberries.
For smoothie ideas check out g-free mom who had 30 different food bloggers share their smoothie recipes during the month of January.
2. Take a snack with you for that 3pm snack attack, long ride home, running kids around or a day full of errands. Some ideas are bananas, apples, oranges, clementines, and even Kiwi. Just cut the kiwi in half and wrap it before you head out and take a spoon with you. For the apples I like to take out the core and stuff it with my 4 nut butter. Just make sure you’re not driving while eating your snack.
3. Dinner in crock pot. It’s so easy to do and is wonderful if you want to come home to a meal that is ready! If you go to my Recipe tab and on that pull down menu is Crockpot, or click here. There are some recipes to get you started. Also Stephanie O’Dea has written two cookbooks on the subject, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking and More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes.
4. Lunch time head to a salad bar and stick to the non-processed foods. To do this choose wisely which salad bar you visit. If you live in the DC/VA area check out Sweet Green. I love them! If you’re not a fan of what you find on salad bars and you still want to eat out, go to a restaurant that makes your order in a kitchen, not a microwave or a fast food flat top. With the help of the wonderful internet you can check out almost any restaurant before you even get there.
5. Grab some great food magazines or cookbooks, check out food blogs (don’t look now but you’re on one) or download a food app and make something that appeals to you. If you don’t want to purchase the cookbook until you’ve had a chance to try it out borrow it from the library. But do a little meal shopping with your eyes first. Then check out the recipe and see if the ingredients will work for you. Make a shopping list and pick up those ingredients. If you’re afraid to try it on your own enlist the help of a friend. If you think you have no skills take a cooking class.
There are great food apps out there and one of my favorites is Cook It Allergy Free from Kim Maes. You can customize the recipes according to your dietary needs and even create a shopping list from the recipe. Brilliant! Check out the video and info she shared with us a few months back.
Learning how to cook and feed yourself a nourishing meal is the best gift you can give yourself!
So there you have it. 5 tips. I’m sure there are more great ideas out there. If you have some please share!