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Healthy Lunch in Under 10 Minutes 

August 11, 2016 0 Comments

One of the most difficult things for me to do during the day is avoid the drive-thru.
I’m a sucker for a good frappuccino with some kind of cheesey, gooey, sandwich to pair.

Well.. That’s fine and dandy, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t stop and grab those as a treat from time to time.

The reality is I can’t do that everyday. Not if I don’t want my stomach to hate me. Not if I don’t want to face an afternoon slump. Not if I want to remain somewhat satisfied as the afternoon wears on.

So, the alternative is meal prep.
I know what you’re thinking. Stop your groaning, it’s actually not that bad. If planning your meals and prepping your weekly food on Sundays is too big of a commitment for you at this point; don’t panic. You still have some options.

Even though I’m a pretty strict meal planner, I too, sometimes just don’t feel like having everything ready to go. So.. When I haven’t prepared something, what do I do?

I grab that frappuccino.

Kidding!

I have a few staples that I keep on hand for situations such as these. I know they’ll be tasty, healthy, and not take an exorbitant amount of time.

All you need is a good option for rice, veggies, and a protein. The room here for variety is endless. Pretty much ANY combination will work! You can get fancy and make a Mexican-inspired cuisine, or you can keep it simple. The choice is really up to you.

Now.. Let me be clear really quick in saying that fresh of anything is always best. But we’re being real today, and our reality is that we just don’t always have time, right?

So.. What I do is I stock up on my favorite steamers. Go ahead, check your local grocer and grab your favs. You can’t really go wrong here (unless you’re picking the ones that have more melted cheese inside than they do vegetables). My favorite brands are Birds Eye (I LOVE the plain chopped broccoli and the baby broccoli blend), and Green Giant.

Next.. Figure out a protein. I will say it’s easier to have some meats cooked up so that way you can just grab a leftover and warm it up in the microwave. Usually I’ll grill a few chicken breasts and keep them in the fridge on “standby” for lunches throughout the week. You can also use ground turkey, ground chicken, seafood.. You name it.

Last.. The rice. Now, you can substitute a whole grain pasta, or even a sweet potato, but I personally like to eat my grains earlier in the day. Uncle Ben’s has these wonderful microwavable pouches that are ready in 90 seconds. I usually get anywhere from 2-4 servings out of one of the pouches, all depending on where I want my total calorie count to end up.

You’re almost done. All you have to do now is garnish. You can add a drizzle of olive oil if you’d like, or simple sprinkle with your favorite seasonings and you’re ready to eat.

How’s that for efficiency? You may even still have time to do some shopping on your lunch break. Amen to that!

Items pictured:

Smart chicken 1/2 grilled chicken breast

Green Giant green bean and almond steamer (I forgot to add the almonds in.. Seriously my loss. It’s a delicious combo).

Uncle Ben’s brown rice and quinoa mix – 1 cup
Total calories: 440

*Please note I am in no way affiliated with any of the brands or products mentioned above. I merely buy a lot of groceries and prepare a lot of food, and those are some of my personal favorites. 

Natasha

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