As you may have noticed from many of the recipes I post, I'm a big fan of meals that don't take a lot of time to prepare.
I like to refer to them as my version of "fast food". Many of you tell me that you're so busy that you don't "have time" to cook, which results in lots of takeout, drive-thrus and less than ideal food choices.
I totally get it. Some days I don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen either!
But it's really important to understand that in the long run, getting into the habit of preparing food for yourself is going to help you get healthy and stay healthy (and save you money too!)
Strive to prepare your own food the majority of the time and just go out every once in a while, instead of the other way around.
What I've noticed is that many people associate eating healthy with an overwhelming, arduous, miserable chore. "Why bother cooking if I can just pick up a ready-made meal from the freezer section and heat it up in the microwave?"
(Side Note: The next time you pick up a frozen dinner from the store, turn the box over and read the ingredients list and the sodium content - most frozen dinners contain more artificial ingredients than actual food and are ridiculously high in salt.)
One of my secrets to "fast food" is putting less of an emphasis on COOKING, and instead mastering the fine art of ASSEMBLING. When you stock up your fridge with healthy staples, a healthy meal is just a minute or two away.
In general, I like to wash/cut my veggies ahead of time so they're ready to be steamed, juiced, or thrown into a salad or a wrap. Taking a little time to do this prep in advance will save you loads of time later when you're starving and don't "have time" to make an extravagant meal.
(Side note: I rarely make extravagant meals. I find that eating clean is best achieved by keeping things simple...especially if you're super busy)
In this video, I didn't have any food in the house (oops- poor planning on my part!) and I was on my way home from hanging out with my friend, starving and approaching cranky status. So I stopped by the health food store and picked up a couple of wrap fixins' so when I got home I could throw together a tasty lunch in under a minute. Typically I would recommend more veggies, but in this case, I went the "relatively healthy packaged food" route (and I'm okay with that every now and then - it's all about balance, not perfection!)
The image of the finished product cracks me up! I promise it tasted better than it looked :)
In case you're wondering, here's what I assembled in my wrap:
- Rudis Gluten-Free Spinach Tortilla
- Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast
- Oasis Naturals Cilantro & Jalapeño Hummus
- Leftover romaine lettuce with some sort of flax oil and lemon dressing
There are no rules when it comes to assembling! That's the beauty of it. Throw it all together and have fun with it!