Convenience Foods from Nature

I know how busy so many of you are. The pace of life for most of us is non stop go go go. This is exactly how so many of us fall short when it comes to healthy living- we choose to eat whatever is ‘convenient’. And convenient foods are usually processed, artificial and far from nutritious.

Remember our body does not recognize many of the processed and packaged foods as ‘ real food’ causing a huge amount of strain on our digestive system. Luckily nature provides us with quick and easy convenience foods that require little preparation.

 

Here are some of my favourite healthy convenience meals/snacks that take very little time to prepare. (Can be eaten on-the-go- although I would prefer you to sit down and eat mindfully).

  • A mountain bread wrap filled with hummus, sprouts, lettuce and protein of choice e.g.: chicken/tuna
  • 1/2 avocado filled with diced up veggies, cooked quinoa and cottage/goats cheese
  • 1-2 boiled eggs with cut up veggies
  • Leftovers from the night before
  • Protein balls 
  • 1 small tub of cottage cheese with cut up tomatoes and onion placed on some rye or flaxseed crackers
  • Rice cakes topped with almond butter + drizzle of raw honey
  • 1 cut up apple smeared with nut butter
  • A large bowl of salad leaves with a can of tuna or wild salmon, 1/4 avocado (max 3x/week- due to mercury content) and lemon balsamic as a dressing.
  • Egg and veggie scramble
  • Handful of raw nuts stuffed into 2-3 fresh dates
  • Chickpea, avocado and fresh spinach salad
  • Cut up veggies with hummus/tahini placed into a whole-wheat pita/wrap + protein of choice
  • Health bowl: Raw nuts and seeds, 1-cup berries, 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt.  Sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Brown rice sushi rolls found at most Japanese joints or make your own.
  • Steamed veggies with quinoa and lentils. Tahini and lemon as the dressing.
  • Bean salad- 1 cup of any beans: kidney, lima, cannellini etc. (buy organic where possible) on a bed of rocket leaves. Add some chicken breast or goats cheese.
  • Nori wraps (seaweed sheets) filled with salad and protein of choice.
  • Chia pudding- 1/2 cup chia seeds soaked in water/milk overnight topped with nuts, seeds, and berries.
  • Make a smoothie- throw an egg (or protein powder), kale, spinach, berries, yoghurt, and chia seeds into a blender.
  • Oatmeal with berries, nuts, yoghurt.

 

Tips:

  • Soak a big bowl of you grains (quinoa, oats), nuts and seeds overnight and the place in the fridge so you can reach for them at any time.
  • Make enough quinoa and brown rice on the weekend to last a few days into your workweek.
  • Commit one day of the week to stocking your home with healthy produce and preparing healthy snacks e.g.: cutting up a variety of vegetables to put into the fridge or making some homemade bliss balls.
  • Freeze your homemade soups and leftovers so you have access to healthy meals at anytime.

Favorite easy salad dressing: 1/2 cup balsamic/apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice.

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  • laura

    great advice 🙂 xx

  • Rachael

    HI Jess,

    I recently discovered your website and I am in love. After years of “tummy” problems I now eat completely organic, gluten, wheat and dairy free 90% of the time. However I am Italian and haven’t found a good substitute for pasta, I like the spaghetti squash but my boyfriend wont eat it, so I am wondering if the corn or rice pasta is ok and what I should be looking for/avoiding?

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