January 9, 2012

The Salad Days are Here!

Over the past few years (two to be exact), I have worked hard at learning (and loving) how to eat healthy, well, and without over stuffing myself.  As 2012 was approaching, I put together an eating plan that would incorporate more veggies and eliminate more refined carbohydrate (rice, pasta, breads, cereals, those really addictive Chinese noodles I could live on for the rest of my life...).  So far...so good. I begin my morning with a vegetable omelet (thank  God the latest research on eggs is positive) and have created a system where it takes as little as 2 minutes in the morning to put my lunch together. It's called...Tupperware.

I purchased a huge Tupperware container with a sealable lid (nothing is getting past this baby). I bought lettuce, shredded cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, and all the veggies I could think of and chopped it all up.  All I have to do in the morning is grab a handful, add some cubed cheese I have stored in another container and whatever leftover meat there is from the night before. In 2 minutes (and I'm not just saying that to impress you) I have a beautiful salad for lunch that will keep me full until dinner. 
My system for healthy eating on the fly is this; make more meat or protein the night before and store it in a container to take with you for lunch the next day. You have your salad, cheese cubes, and whatever in one container and the meat in another as you travel to work feeling really good about yourself.  Below is a series of pictures detailing what it was that I had for lunch. I have to say, I was well fed and feeling full after each one. I'm feeling more energetic and less hungry because of this change. Plus, it takes no time...just a little planning.  I highly recommend it (and have been with the clients I have been working with lately).

This was a fabulous jumbo prawn salad made with leaves, 1/2 avocado, cheese cubes, veggies, and prawn. I prefer to heat up the protein first and place it on top...but you do what you want. It was fabulous!  I placed it on my desk so it looked like I was busy and important.

This was a pork tenderloin salad. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the tenderloin as I'm still trying to learn how to cook meat well (I'm a recovering vegetarian with no experience). I'm going to cook it in the oven next time. It was still great and got me through the afternoon without any desire to eat my pencils or my admin assistant for  that matter (just kidding admin assistant....sort of).

My attempts at seared tuna steak failed miserably, but the fish was still good. I think I'm going to stick with salmon, but I thought I'd give it a try. Warmed and topped on this salad was fabulous!

My absolute favorite salad of the week was the beef tenderloin (grilled). I could eat this one every time, but I'm adding red meat only twice a week max.  I'm soooo starting my week with this one again. I felt like I was eating dinner at lunch. Needless to say, I wasn't thinking about food until dinner time.

The key to eating well for lunch, in my opinion, is to cook more than you need for dinner. Leftovers (as I have blogged about before) are the easiest way to eat healthy without having to spend more than 5 minutes preparing in the morning. Believe me, most of my clients value sleep over lunch prep and I have worked hard at trying to figure out a way to get around this...I think I have it, but there is a caveat attached. You must make dinner.

Every night, I cooked the meat and added a full plate of vegetables. From asparagus and broccoli to brussel sprouts and spinach, I steamed, roasted, and stir fried. Any veggies left would go in the same container as the meat and I would heat it all up and put on the salad at lunch.

If you are having a challenge with time and healthy eating, please give this a try. I promise you, if you have grocery shopped ahead of time and have the stuff in your house, making a dinner like this takes under 45 minutes if that. If you can't spare 45 minutes to cook a healthy meal.....I have a schwak of posts in this blog that examines the busy and stressed out life...you may want to check it out (no judgement!).


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