Food Prep

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It can be as easy as cutting the blue plastic ribbon off your bananas.  You and the kids will be more likely to grab a banana if there is one less step to the process.  Doesn’t that sound ridiculous?  It’s true!  As hard as it is, I try to build time into my ‘grocery shopping’ to include the food prep once I get home.  It doesn’t always happen bc life just doesn’t work like that but you can guarantee if it doesn’t happen, I am throwing away produce.  Wash the berries, cut the carrots, skin the cucumber!  Once everything is in containers in your fridge, you can devour!  And you will be more likely to go to this than the pantry if it is ready to go!

Nuts are a snack we always have available.  In fact, you don’t ever have to search for them because they are sitting on the counter.  Our mixture contains raw almonds, walnuts and cashews and a few raisins.  It is a great snack for the kids in their lunch or when they get home from school and it is especially good for me when I am in the process of cooking dinner but famished!!!  Eat a handful of the mixture and I then don’t overeat.

Other great food preps we do that making eating healthy more convenient (because let’s face it-that is the world we live in-if it is not convenient, we don’t do it) include cooking sweet potatoes once or twice a week so that they are ready to be heated up easily in the morning.  Our youngest wakes up every morning saying ‘Tatoes and Eggs?!’ and we love to have sweet potatoes with our eggs and sausage every morning.  If it wasn’t prepared and waiting for me in the fridge, we wouldn’t eat them.  It has just become part of our routine to peel, cut and steam 3 sweet potatoes every Sunday and then again throughout the week if we run out.

Buying a couple pounds of chicken breasts and grilling them or cooking them in the crockpot is always a great food prep for the week.  They are so incredibly versatile when it comes to using for meals-fajitas, chicken on a salad, chicken salad, in a chili, just chicken and veggies.  If I don’t cook chicken breasts for the week you can guarantee there is an already cooked rotisserie chicken in the fridge!

I don’t go too crazy on food prep because I’m all about doing the small things that I can maintain over a long period of time…like forever.  I could absolutely cook and put together already made lunches for my husband and I for the week but that takes a ton of effort and I don’t want to eat the same thing day after day.  In fact, if it is sitting there waiting for me to eat it, the rebellious side of me wants nothing to do with it.  I want what I can’t have.  It is very important to find healthy alternatives that you LOVE and that work in your life.

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Green Shakes

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Green shakes are a staple in our house.  I hear people talk about ‘Smoothies’ all the time but when I ask them what their recipe contains, they very rarely mention ‘greens’.  It is very easy to add too much fruit, aka sugar, to your shakes.  I don’t know about you, but I do not struggle to get fruit in my kids.  I do however wonder if they are getting enough vegetables.  We always have veggies at lunch, dinner and occasionally at snack time, but getting enough ‘greens’ in them is something I worry about.  Have no fear…your kids will love this shake!  Well, you may have to get them to first close their eyes, but their tastebuds will love it!  My kids beg me to make the green shakes.  I say beg bc our Vitamix used to be a pain to get out.  We finally rearranged the kitchen so getting the vitamix out of the cabinet is not quite the ordeal it used to be.  Crazy how organization can really make a difference in so many areas of your life (we’ll leave that for another blog post)!

Aside from the kids loving this shake, I love having a meal every day that I don’t have to think much about.  I always make sure to have the ingredients on hand and it is so fast.  It doesn’t take long to make and drinking your meal tends to speed things along.  Don’t get me wrong, I tell the kids to slow down their eating all the time bc I’m a firm believer in giving your belly and brain a chance to communicate before you go onto bite number 2.  But let’s be honest, if 1 of our 5 meals are fast, I’m okay with it.  I already feel like 1/2 my day is spent in the kitchen.  Getting lunch over quick gives me more time to spend playing with the kids!

Okay, on with the recipe:

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 serving of vanilla plant protein

2-3 heaping handfuls of spinach

I used to be good about keeping frozen bananas in the freezer but lately it has been crazy hard.  I buy 5 bunches of bananas at the store, hoping to freeze possibly 2 bunches (will last us 2 weeks maybe of shakes) but those darn kids just keep eating them!  Finding over-ripe bananas at the store to freeze right away is harder than you think bc our stores go through so many.  Anyway, I accidently realized recently that freezing your spinach works just as well.  We were going camping and I wanted to have my green shakes but we ran out of room in our camper refrigerator.  I told my husband to just toss the entire container of spinach in the freezer then.  It worked perfect w/fresh bananas!

Feel free to change up the recipe and add in other fruits for different flavor.  Even using chocolate protein instead of vanilla will give you that chocolate fix you may want.  We use bananas for the creaminess and sweetness it adds.  The chia seeds are a great source of fiber, added protein, ect (https://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/).  Almond butter adds a great fat and protein.  Plant protein is a no brainer as far as I’m concerned.  As a mom of 5, I am in desperate need of a quick meal.  If I’m not at home and can not make the shake ahead of time, I am still traveling with my almond milk and protein.  The spinach addition is great bc you really don’t taste it!  Adding the spinach is the huge bonus here bc I KNOW we are not getting the ‘greens’ we need on a daily basis.  Life is just not like it used to be (gardens and farmers markets, but rather packaged and processed).

I hope this recipe helps you and your family get those much needed ‘greens’ into your diet and finally a bit of peace of mind that you need!

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