Its easy to get sidetracked from healthy eating when you’re busy, but its important to still keep focused on it. I’ve been on set most days this past week from 8am until 9pm, which doesn’t leave much time for food prep. I don’t want to be eating take out or junk food, so I try to prepare as much as I can in advance.
Usually I chop up a few days worth of veggies and store them in several containers in the fridge. When I’m making my lunch in the morning, I just have to toss them into the ole’ lunch bag. Good to go. I also try to make a low fat dip or hummus in advance too if I have the time (awesome hummus recipe coming soon!)
When I’m busy, I usually stick to good old cereal and milk for breakfast, or whip up a protein smoothie. I also take a multivitamin in the morning, especially when I know that I may not be able to get all my nutrients from food if I’m on the run.
I find that frozen bananas make the creamiest smoothies, so I like to take a big bunch of ripe bananas, chop them up and pop them in a big freezer bag. When I’m ready for a smoothie, I just grab some frozen bananas and frozen berries from the freezer and pop them in the blender with some milk and protein powder (recipe here).
For lunches, I like to have a nice salad to fill me up. I leave lettuce or spinach in the salad spinner, washed and ready to go. Then I just need to toss in some chopped up veggies, a bit of low fat dressing and some protein, like this chicken.
I buy the big value packs of chicken breast and batch cook them when I can. For this, I just pounded them in a big freezer bag until they were even thickness and then pan fried them with some of my favorite spices.
After they are cooled, I chop them up and toss them into the fridge for quick lunches and dinners. If I have extra, I also put some in the freezer.
You can use this chicken for just about anything – salads, sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas – or even eat it on its own with a little bit of BBQ sauce for dipping!