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I don't have time to eat!

Lisa Cutforth - Saturday, April 10, 2010

Your question answered:

I often find it difficult to find the time to eat enough, can you help me?

It can be time consuming to sit down and eat 3 meals and fit in 2 snacks on top of that, especially if you are also preparing these meals from scratch.  It can be very tempting to give in to what I call the "C word"!  Convenience!

So if you are busy, and you battle to fit eating into your day, the first step is to make your health a priority, the second step is to find quick and HEALTHY solutions.  The good news is I have lots of them.

Planning is going to be your number one allie!  Don't worry, planning doesn't have to be time consuming, when I say planning I mean: foresight and anticipation.  What are you doing today, where are you likely to be around meal times, what can you have handy so that you can nourish yourself.

Here are some great little "on the go" and "quick to munch snacks"

  • Handful of trailmix
  • Muesli bar
  • Piece of fruit: Mandarin, banana, bunch of grapes, apple
  • Boiled egg and cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes and some pepitas
  • Raw unsalted nuts
  • Nutbutter on ryevita
  • Handful of olives
  • Veggie sticks and humus
  • Tuna pita pocket
  • Humus and salad wholemeal wrap

If you get home late in the evenings and you are feeling like you don't have time to start to cook a meal from scratch and the take away or pizza delivery down the road is starting to sound very appealing despite your best intentions to eat healthily, then here are some QUICK, no fuss dinner options.

Tuna Salad:  1 tin of tuna, 1 bag of rocket, 1 tin of green beans drained, 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, chopped spring onion, sprinkle of seeds, big squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil (add boiled egg and boiled baby potatoes for some body)

Grilled salmon and steamed vegetables:  Grate a clove of garlic, a knuckle of ginger and rub into a couple of salmon fillets, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top or a drizzle of soya sauce.  Grease a baking tray with some coconut oil.  Put the salmon under the grill or into a hot oven.  While the salmon is cooking, steam some broccolli, beans, carrots and cauliflower.

Pesto Pasta: 1 bag rice noodles, (take 3 mins to cook when added to boiling water, once cooked drain). Stir through half a jar of good quality pesto, add a tablespoon of capers and 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves or rocket.  (Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or some smoked salmon cut into ribbons or cooked chicken breast).

Omelette:  Eggs, fresh parsley, red onion, sundried tomatoes, mushroom, garlic.  Whisk the eggs, chop up the ingredients and throw them all into the pan and cook until ready.  Serve with some baby spinach or fresh rocket.

There are LOADS of quick, healthy and convenient options.  Please send me an email if you need some more help tailoring solutions to your lifestyle.

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