Real Food Fast

Working in the Fitness field, I am always bombarded with constant complaints about how hard it is to eat healthy on the go.

While I understand that it takes time to make a bunch of chicken breasts, cook up some Quinoa, roast sweet potatoes and chop veggies for the week, some things are just worth taking the time to do. And if you truly want to see results, this is one of those tasks that you must be willing to take on for the sake of your health, and all of your hard work in the gym.

However, for clients of mine who just can’t seem to find the motivation to do this (shame on you) I offer some helpful alternatives that make eating healthy seem a bit easier.

Wherever your day may lead, these are all great choices to take on the go. So grab a lunch box, shopping bag or purse, and pack it with these nutritious and filling foods that will keep your diet clean, lean, and on the right track.

Fruit: Bananas, Apples, Kiwi, and Citrus fruits..anything with Skin. You can also pack a small Tupperware container with Berries, Pineapple, Watermelon, etc.

Veggies: Celery sticks, Carrot Sticks, Sliced Bell Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Snap Peas, Asparagus Spears, Ziploc bags of Baby Spinach as a base for a salad, or Collard Greens used as a wrap.

Complex Carbs: Individual cups of Brown Rice. Rolled Oats. Whole Grain Wraps for a sandwich, Brown Rice Cakes, Microwave ready Sweet Potatoes

Protein: Can or Packet of Tuna/Salmon. Low Sodium Sliced Turkey Breast, Beans, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Hard boiled eggs, Whey/Brown Rice Protein Powder.

Healthy Fats and Energy Boosting Snacks: Natural Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Hemp/Flax/Chia/Sunflower seeds, Nut Butters, Hummus, Avocado, Coconut Oil/Flakes.

Combine a few to make a delicious Trail Mix that wards off afternoon hunger!

Bars: Lara Bar, Kind Bar, Think Thin Bar, Luna Bar

Hydration: Water, Green Tea, Seltzer Water.

Add Lemon, Lime, Mint, Cucumber, or frozen fruit for a natural sweetener throughout the day.

Instead of filling your fridge, pantry, and body with empty calories, choose nutrient packed foods that will keep you feeling fuller, longer!

“Grab and Go” does not have to mean fast food. It can mean healthy food…fast!

What I’m Loving Wednesday (Plant Protein)

Shape Magazine’s recognition of heart healthy seeds has made me so happy.

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We should all be aware of the benefits behind these seeds, and start adding them into our diets daily.

Speaking of incredible super foods, Kasey and Heather have put together an amazing challenge for the month of October called #plantPOWER, which is based around the benefits of eating a plant based diet.

follow both their blogs and instagrams for inspiration and ideas on how to create a meal using plant proteins, healthy fats and energizing carbs.

While I don’t plan on going 100% plant based, I am making an effort to eat at least one meal a day that does not contain any animal proteins,(meat, eggs, dairy). It’s just another way to incorporate a variety of nutrients into my diet, and I’m loving it so far.

Hemp seeds and Nutritional yeast in my salads and soup

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Peanut Flour mixed with Sunwarrior (plant based protein), as a dip for fruit, or spread onto a rice cake

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toasted pumpkin seeds, tofu teriyaki, avocado spread onto Ezekiel bread with tomato, and sweet potato topped with coconut oil…

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The options are endless, colorful, flavorful, and filling. Not to mention packed with energy, vitamins and minerals.

Chia and Flaxseeds have been part of my diet for quite a while now, and they have no plans of leaving any time soon.

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What is leaving however, is Kashi GOLEAN cereal.

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As you can see, it’s my favorite crunchy topping to add to my smoothies, yogurt and cottage cheese, but I just don’t need it anymore.

Remember this news?

It’s an unnecessary and processed staple in my diet that I can definitely do without.

Plus, nothing a crunchy honey crisp apple can’t fix Smile

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or a refreshing bag of berries

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Follow my instagram to see how I am incorporating more plant based proteins into my diet, and join me in the #plantPOWER challenge to add a plethora of benefits to your plate.

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