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Can Healthy be Convenient?

To some it seems that eating unhealthy prepackaged foods is more convenient than making fresh, healthier choices. Welcome to a world where we are all in a rush and want that quick grab and go meal or snack so we can get our kids to soccer practice on time, so we can make that important business meeting, or just because we are too tired. Good news is that YOU CAN eat healthy and it can be convenient. Here are a few tips to get you on your way:

  • Before you do your grocery shop for the week, PLAN out a menu that appeals both to you and your family. To be successful you must plan! Put the meal plan on your fridge where everyone can see it.

  • Have a MEAL PREP day(one hour will suffice) once or twice a week where you prepackage healthy snacks, chop up any veggies, fruit, cook up healthy grains like quinoa or brown rice, Cook up chicken breasts or fish or steak that you can portion out and freeze and then pull out at anytime to use on a salad. Eggs are always a quick grab item and are packed with protein, paired with some veggies it’s a winning snack. This way you will you will always have something healthy on hand.

  • Encourage your family to be apart of creating healthy meals. Make it fun as you are instilling positive eating habits in your children.

  • Have some sort of cooler bag so that you can pack meals and snacks to wherever life takes you on a daily basis.

  • At the end of the week look back on what worked for you and what your family enjoyed and start again! Continuing on with having convenient healthy food will one day become a habit and it will feel like less work and you will feel so much better for doing it.

One of my greatest challenges is making sure that I have breakfast so that I am not starving the rest of the day and grab for something that I will beat myself up about later. My new go to is Overnight Oats. They are filling, flavourful and so portable on the go! I make up 5 at a time so I have them for the whole week. Grab N Go never felt so healthy! Here is my recipe if you would like to try them out.

Overnight Oats Recipe

1 250 ml glass canning jar

1/3 cup rolled oats (I like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free)

1/4 cup milk, almond milk, or coconut milk (I like unsweetened So coconut beverage)

3/4 cup yogurt (I like plain, greek, non fat)

sprinkle of cinnamon

1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1tbsp raw seeds (like sunflower or pumpkin, or raw peanuts)

1/2 cup fruit (or whatever room is left in jar so you can seal properly) of your choice. Frozen fruit works great too but try to buy unsweetened:)

Layer your overnight oats in the order I have listed the recipe. Seal the jars and place in the fridge for your entire week! So easy, so yummy, no missing out on breakfast now!

For those of you doing 21 Day Fix this is 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 blue, 1/2 purple, 1/2 orange

I like to heat the jar with the lid off for 45 to 50 seconds in the microwave so they are slightly warm, mix up and Enjoy! :)

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