Life can get busy and all of a sudden we are heading to the nearest Chick-Fil-A for a quick and tasty meal. It may not be the most nutritious, but we for sure know it tastes amazing!! It is simply easy to stop and get something while on the go. Our lives are busy and we don’t think anything of it. I am not a nutritionist, but this food can’t be good for us to be consuming every single day of our lives. We live in a fast paced world that is always advertising simple solutions to our hunger.
I personally believe that it is okay to eat fast food once in awhile, but not every single day. We live in a world that is filled with foods that have been completely processed. The foods we are eating are not in the natural form that they come from. If we want to live a healthy life, we have to make sure we are giving our bodies the energy it needs. We aren’t going to get sustainable energy from the McDonalds cheeseburger. We aren’t going to get sustainable energy from the bag of Cheez-ITs that are calling our name.
Food & My Journey
Growing up, I had always been around healthy foods and watched my mom cook food (she was a chef for a catering business she once owned). I was able to learn the importance of eating foods that have colors like green, purple, red, yellow, and so on.
While in college, I have found a love for meal prepping. Before Corona was a thing, I used to spend all day at college. I currently do not drive and as a result, I would be at school from roughly 8am-9pm every single day. My days were long and I could not rely on the food that was found at school. I needed food that would not leave me feeling hungry or tired. I needed energy. Listed below are a few staple meals that I have come to love!
Chipotle Styled Bowls
- Rice or Pasta
- Protein (chicken or beans)
- Vegetables (broccoli, red pepper, green onion, etc.)
Side Note: For the chicken, I use two breasts and I cut it up into bite sized pieces. Once they are cut, I put them into a mix of coconut/almond milk (or regular milk) that has seasonings of choice (salt, pepper, garlic, onion, paprika, turmeric, etc.) and cook for about 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I also season the beans (typically use black or pinto) with the same seasonings that I listed for the chicken.
- Leafy green (spinach, kale, arugula, etc.)
- One or two fruits (bananas, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
- Healthy fat (avocados, chia seeds, nut butter, etc.)
Side Note: When I first started making my smoothies, I wanted to always use fruit and peanut butter. The problem with this is…there’s too much sugar. I have come to learn that smoothies can be well balanced and still taste amazing!
Food can be rather daunting. There are so many options and different flavors. It wasn’t until I started trying different things in the kitchen that I fell in love with creating meals. Sometimes we have to try different foods together and see how the flavors are. It is a process that has helped me tremendously. When shopping at the grocery store next, remember that the snack and unhealthy foods are in the middle of the store. If you shop on the outside of the store, you will find the real food that your body is looking for.
Above, I have included a few of my meals that I have created while at home. The picture to the left is showing pasta with a little cheese, snap peas, carrots, blackberries, and pre-made chicken salad. The picture in the center is showing a smoothie that I created before adding leafy greens. It includes strawberries, blueberries, and banana as well as peanut butter and oats. The picture to the left is a Chipotle inspired bowl and has pasta, veggie burger, broccoli, orange pepper, green onion, hummus, strawberries, and blackberries.
Thanks for reading! If you liked this or have an idea to share about food, let me know below in the comments. I would love to know! I hope I brought value to you through this post. Have a fantastic day.
All of my knowledge is from personal use. I am not a doctor and haven’t studied anything regarding food. Please consult a nutritionist for further consultation about what you should be eating. This is a post to bring awareness to the food we consume and how it may not be super healthy. Thanks for reading 🙂