Hate to Cook? Here's a simple tip.

Ever see all those pics of gorgeous food on social media that people somehow miraculously found 5 hours a day to make? Have you ever bought a cookbook, proclaiming that you're going to make those recipes this week...or next week...or never. (me raising my hand)

Although it would be nice to live in a world where every meal was gorgeous and straight from a cookbook photo shoot, that's not how real people live.

But the great news is you can still eat meals that look gorgeous (maybe only to you), are inexpensive, SUPER EASY to prepare and very nutritious

And while it'll take too long in this post to explain why organic and free-range is better for you if you are concerned about value and getting the most bang for your buck, just know that organic and free-range is available pretty much everywhere at very reasonable prices. Buy in season to keep costs down (i.e. organic strawberries in June/July are a BARGAIN. But in December, not so much). Make sense?


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The Simple Tip

Your body just wants nutrient-dense foods that contain healthy proteins, carbs and fat. Once you get that in, Leptin (the "I'm Full" hormone) is activated and you feel happy and satisfied. Dare I say full of energy and focused too? I do.

So if you're in the habit of buying healthy foods like organic produce and fruits, wild or free-range meats and fish, YOU ARE SET. 

To make a quick, nutritious meal all you need to do is layer these macros (protein, fat, carbs). For example, I eat fried eggs plopped on some organic greens tossed in olive oil and salt a lot. It's super easy, inexpensive, tastes great and very nutritious. 

Looking for a lunch idea? Grab some avocados, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime. Smoosh it in a bowl and eat it with some leftover chicken. If you took a picture of it, it probably would look like something out of a cookbook too. 

How about dinner? If you keep smoked salmon handy you can eat a few ounces with some sliced veggies and fruits. Add in a side of mixed nuts and you're done. No, not fancy. Yes, nutritious and will fill you up. 

Beans and Rice make a complete protein.  So pair some beans and rice with whatever veggies you have laying around with an egg on top. Or maybe some sunflower seeds. Or olives. Or seaweed strips. 

Whatever YOU like.

Here's another tip: break the "breakfast, lunch and dinner" mentality. You can easily eat something you'd have for dinner for breakfast. Why not? I get sick of eggs for breakfast too. So I scrounged my fridge for various ingredients.

 

And this is literally what I threw together for breakfast:

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3 oz chicken breast (free range-humane- Costco)

1/2 cup organic Strawberries (Trader Joes)

7-8 whole Almonds (Trader Joes)

2 cups of Traders Joes mixed organic Greens (kale and spinach)

Olive oil (Tbs) and salt to taste

It cost about $3 for this meal and here are the macro breakdowns: 350 calories, 22g Fat, 9g Carbs, 30g Protein


This meal is rich in:

  • Fiber
  • all the B-Vitamins
  • Vitamins A, C, E and K
  • Choline
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium


Pretty easy right?
 

So remember: 

  1. Shop Healthy Ingredients First (whatever you like to eat - Meats, Fish, Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Fats, Beans, Legumes)
  2. Layer Protein, Carbs and Fats.

Get creative. There are NO RULES.

 

Don't get stuck on the same 6 foods either. Google "Fruits and Vegetables" or "healthy proteins" or "salad toppers" and you will be hit with a mega-dose of ideas of what to shop for.

Here's an infographic to get you started from Veg Kitchen.  Here's some non-meat protein sources  ideas. Here's another great infographic with ideas. Stretch that mind and look around. 

 

It really is that simple. 

 

And who knows. Maybe someday you can write your own cookbook called "K.I.S.S."....(google if you don't know what this means)