with Lisa Farrar, Health & Life Coach

How to Eat Healthier When Life Happens + Quick and Easy Recipe!

Hey lovelies,
As we all know, yesterday was St. Patty's Day and I have a confession to make. I didn't even wear green!

This may have been the first year that I didn't wear something green for St. Patty's Day but I did eat something green and I have the recipe to share with you today!

It was a busy week and you know how sometimes you get to Thursday and you feel kinda blah? Yeah. That was me yesterday. When you feel like that, you've probably been busy throughout the day/week and that can make it tough to muster the energy it takes to cook a healthy meal and clean up, am I right? Especially, if you didn't prep anything for yourself at the beginning of the week.

What do we typically do in this situation?

Scenario 1- You're already lacking energy but you're hungry so you turn to some processed or convenience food (aka junk food) which doesn't really support your body and give you proper fuel. Then you wind up with even less energy in the long run because your body has to work extra hard to digest food that it generally doesn't know how to properly digest.

Have you ever experienced something like that? or like this...

Scenario 2- You avoid eating altogether. This is always an epic fail because not only does your blood sugar go way down, your metabolism slows way down too. Double fail. This is when crazy sets in and you all know what I'm talking about, don't deny it, we've all been there and we all know this generally leads to late night binges.

Neither scenario is optimal.

Here's what I do to ensure I don't wind up in a binge, starving, or entirely regretting what I ate and it's super simple!

The next time you go to the grocery store, stock up on some basic "healthier" options and remember that semi-healthy is better than junk when you're in a pinch. Think baby steps.

Here are some "healthier" item ideas to stalk up on so you can throw together a quick meal or ADD IN a healthier option to a meal when you're in a pinch, these are things I always keep on hand:

  • Frozen Vegetables, including dark-leafy greens
  • Canned and/or Refrigerated beans (low sodium)
  • Vegetable Broth (low sodium)
  • Frozen Sprouted Grain Bread
  • Nut Butters
  • Onions
  • Root Veggies like carrots, parsnips, beets
  • Quinoa (If you're extremely pressed for time, you can even get precooked, frozen quinoa)

Onions and root vegetables generally have a little bit longer shelf life so having them on hand can be useful for throwing into meals plus it doesn't take long to chop up a couple veggies.

Should you depend on pre-prepped veggies, frozen and canned foods ALL the time? NO.

Cooking fresh food yourself is always best so you can maximize your nutrition and know exactly what is going into your food. However, I'm realistic that not everyone takes/has time to meal prep every single week and sometimes schedules get crazy. That's why having some quick go-to ingredients and meals on hand can be a life-saver.

Not to mention, the more nutritious foods you can add in, the more your body will be supported meaning more energy for you!


The next time you go to the grocery store, stalk up and when you're in a pinch, ADD IN a healthier option to the mix that will give you more sustained energy and not leave you regretting your meal.

I'd love for you to share what you keep on hand in your pantry to stay healthy and any tips for when you're in a pinch! Comment below or head over to the Limitless Women group to join the conversation.

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Yesterday, I was busy and I waited until last minute to figure out what I was going to make which is not a good situation to be in but hey, I'm human too. So... I went with what I had on hand (my go-to healthy meal option) which was roasted root veggies with greens and beans.

I simply chopped up some carrots and parsnips, mixed them with EVOO, salt & pepper and roasted them in the oven at 350. While they were roasting, I made some greens and beans - this whole meal took me about a 1/2 hour but was so worth putting in the effort to avoid feeling like crap from eating junk.

Here's what I did for the greens and beans (this recipe was inspire by a Whole Foods Recipe):

onions
Chop onions and saute in pan with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

onions and broth
Once onions are translucent, add low sodium vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.

kale
Next add greens, I used fresh kale, and Italian Seasoning, cover and simmer until greens are wilted.
(sorry for the blurry photo, I'm never claimed to be a photographer and steam mixed with an iPhone for photos doesn't always turn out great!)


green  n beans in pan

Once, the greens are wilted, add cannellini beans (rinsed and drained). Cover and simmer until heated through. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Here was dinner with the roasted veggies..

dinner

Fairly quick and easy to throw together plus it was delicious!
For the full Greens and Beans Recipe and to print, click here.

Don't forget to share your tips for eating healthy in a pinch over in the Limitless Women group!

Enjoy!
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