Tasty Tuesday: Eat Like an Athlete. Fuel for Life-Food Prep Tips!
Happy Tuesday! Said no working American ever. Seriously. Tuesdays use to just absolutely feel like the stinky armpit of the week. But, here we are! Got to have the Tuesdays to have the humdays, and the humpdays to have the Friday-eves to finally celebrate the Fridays! Alas. Every day of life is a celebration! Anyway, I wanted to pop on here and share a quick tip about food, fueling and prepping! Specifically how we should view our bodies need for fuel and how to prep the goods in the in-between seconds in life we get.
I’ve been a single-working momma (for many years!), a working mommy and new wife and now I am a self-employed/entrepreneur wannabe working mommy and wife. The only difference between where I was a few years ago and to now is the fact that my working status allows me the time to teach others what I have learned throughout my working-outside-the-home years. Man, I am still swamped and the mental struggle to keep up is indeed a unique challenge. But, the time I have is quite a bit more flexible. I feel highly qualified to give you some healthy food prep tips because I’ve been there and ate (all.the.junk.) that.
#theSTRUGGLEisREAL no joke. I get it. You’re tired. Hungry. Kids (and/or husband and animals) are whining at your feet, “What’s for dinner!?!?”
“Holy-freaking-cow-I-just-don’t-care.-Eat-a-blesseded-sandwich!” If I have to think about “what’s for dinner” one more night I think I just might cry, end up on a noodle puddle in the floor and rock myself to insanity.
Sound familiar? Okay, well then maybe I’m the only nutzo one.
The second thing I wanted to chat with you about is not only the need for being ahead of the game with food prep (the benefits are about one-thousand reasons) but also how we view our bodies and the need for fuel. When I switched gears from “calories in and calories out” to “what foods will offer me the most nutrient dense fuel for my life?” it was like eureka! I finally understood the healthy relationship with food.
<insert mind blown>
Onward. For those of you who struggle you’re not alone (not in a million light years) but, I do have a few little tricks that have helped me get lunches, dinner and the occasional snack under control every once in a while. 😉
Here’s a few things I do:
Three steps to begin food prep:
Break things up into chunks over the course of a week. Food prep is not an overnight success experience.
- Take a day or two to research and invest in a cookbook, like Run Fast, Eat Slow, or research the mess outta healthy meals Pintrest. Pick two recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinners. Dog ear the book or print the recipes or save them to your bookmark.
- Now, pick one recipe out of that list and review the ingredients. Make a grocery shopping list of all the items needed along with your standard grocery list. Get your shopping done!
- Pick a day you know you’ll have time to devote to that recipe. Make like a mad scientist chef and get cookin’!
As you grow more comfortable with certain recipes the time it takes to put meals together will shorten. It does take some time. I’m not here to sell you on any kind of quick fix, rather giving you tips to help make the process a bit easier and more manageable.
One of the first recipes I learned how to whip up was the butternut squash penne pasta out of Run Fast, Eat Slow (I have made tons of goodies out of that book!). I think I have now mastered the fine art of browning butter without burning it. And yes, that is real, full-fat from the moomoo cow butter. Ain’t nothin’ skinny ’bout it y’all.
Not all fat is bad for you. Your brain requires a healthy dose of fat for proper function. So go ahead and get that “fat-free” crap mindset out of your head. Please advise, that doesn’t mean eat a whole stick of butter in one sitting.
Fun fact about Jess:
When I was a child I used to sneak spoonfuls of butter out of the fridge. Barf. Could explain why I was such a butterballer in middle-school. ha.
A few quick prep tricks:
- Wake up about 15 minutes earlier in the morning and rinse, chop any fruits, veggies or roots (potatoes, beets, etc.) you may need for dinner or snacks. You are more likely to make a wise choice during “snack attack” if you have something on hand! A few of my favorite go-to fruit/veggie snacks:
- bell peppers all colors!
- For foods that take longer to bake, throw it in the oven ahead of time, set timer and perform other task. Like: laundry, dishes, sweep floors or maybe get a shower in!
- Review food pantry once weekly to check-in. Create a basic pantry list and post it for the family to see. When anyone notices if something is running low make a note!
- Pre-cook staples for the meals one day ahead for the week. Like; potatoes, rice, quinoa, pastas. Re-purpose rices and pastas for other meals. I like to get creative so as not to waste any food. Plus, having things cook on-hand makes dinner time so much quicker!
- Meals do NOT need to be complicated! Simplify your life here. I try to pick and choose recipes that contain minimal ingredients. That and I’m kinda lazy… I kid I kid!!! 😉 Meal prepping need not be overwhelming. The closer to whole foods you consume the better off your body is anyway.
- Invest in one good piece of kitchen equipment. My husband invested in a Ninja and I use that bad boy for EVERY.FREAKING.THING. It’s such a huge time-saver. Fun fact: when my husband brought it home I was so angry at him for spending so much money. But, now I retract my attitude and am 100% grateful for that fine piece of chopper. Time saved is sanity saved!!! What takes like 10 minutes to blend well or chop by hand now takes as little as 10 seconds. It’s a beautiful thing.
Is there a favorite recipe you’d like to share? Do you food prep? Do you feed yourself as if you were an athlete? I challenge you to begin thinking in this new mindset and see if you don’t start treating your body better!
10 Jan 2017 / runpinkjess / 2