It’s hard being healthy in a hurry.
You know what else is hard?
Saying the first sentence three times fast.
What were you thinking, you dirty birdie?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There are times, lots of them in fact, where I don’t prep my meals for the week. An unfortunate consequence of my inaction is I run out of ready meals for breakfast and lunch. Oh the horror. I feel so ashamed now…. not really. Not even a little bit.
I also seem to be dashing out the door more often than not lately. Perhaps because I’m making a concentrated effort to get to work on time. A novel idea I know, which I imagine pleases my boss to no end, but one that leaves me strapped for sustainable food options in the middle of the day.
Look, I get it. I do. I really, really do. Even though I have deemed myself Betty Fucking Crocker, I know it can be hard to wash lettuce and chop salad toppings when you have 6.2 seconds to make it out of the house in the morning, and the same can be said for a morning smoothie. Ain’t nobody got time to toss fruit into a blender, turn on the rocket launcher, cover your ears, and wait for the end result because when it comes to decibels, my blender could give any Willy Wonka contraption a run for its money.
At the end of the day, I know if I’m going to eat healthy, I have to make the time for it, which might mean waking up ten minutes earlier or cutting my morning social media time short (gasp). There’s really no getting around it, but for those days when you find yourself in a rush and still want to be healthy, I’m here to show you some options, and skipping meals isn’t one of them. As if. Pfft.
Happy What I Ate Wednesday. No surprise here, I’m sharing a day of my eats when I had no time for prepping. Some might call them nontraditional. I call it out of the box eating.
Breakfast was half a container of strawberries and a boatload of sweetened banana chips. It turns out I have a legitimate addiction to these banana chips. I haven’t sought medical treatment yet because I’m not ready to throw in the towel. I may have to work on practicing self-restraint though, and I’m talking more than just the bedroom kind.
Some other Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas would be:
- trail mix,
- a banana,
- a spoonful or three of peanut butter, or even
- toast. Some days I bring bread and a tab of butter into work and toast it there, when time allows.
Lunch was fairly inventive. It was an entire cucumber from my own garden, a half a container of hummus and some jalapeno cheese. Since I keep a small cutting board and a semi-sharp knife at the office, I bring the cucumber and cheese in whole, saving me all that prep time.
Other Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas would be:
- hard-boiled eggs,
- last night’s leftovers,
- fistfuls of nuts and more fruit,
- pretzels and salsa,
- a can of low sodium soup,
- a bag of carrots or baby bell peppers and a container of hummus.
Toss a few of these things together, and you’ve got yourself a full-blown meal.
For dinner, I went with a classic easy meal option: penne pasta with some tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. While the tomato sauce was my own creation from the weekend prior, I am not above using jarred sauce. In fact, I usually keep one on hand for nights I don’t feel much like cooking. I added a side of green beans since we have an overwhelming amount of them in the fridge and topped them with some cilantro lemon butter I dug out of my deep freezer. Oh yes, I am still enjoying the spoils of last summer.
Other Simple & Short On Time Dinner Options would be:
- snack platters filled with nuts, fruits, cheese, olives, and veggies.
- a baked potato,
- a rice and bean bowl,
- eggs of any type (scrambled, fried, in an omelet or veggiefied), or
- a stacked sandwich.
I have literally eaten all of the above for dinner in the past couple of weeks, so it can be done, which leads me to the moral of today’s story, ignoring the glaring fact there was no actual story shared.
You still have healthy options even when there’s no time. It just takes a little ingenuity and outside the box eating.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a smoothie to make.
What are your healthy in a hurry meals, when there’s no time for prepping? If you’ve done posts on this same topic, please share your links in the comments below.