I know that sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome in changing to a healthier diet is how to find the time to prepare fresh food.
Here are some tips that may make eating healthy easier:
1. Eat simply: Eating delicious, prepared healthy foods are great and enjoyable, but try thinking a little simpler. A nice big crispy fuji apple with raw almond or pumpkin seed butter (sprinkle with a little cinnamon to balance your blood sugar), a basket of delicious strawberries sliced and mixed with almond milk and 1 TBS soaked chia seeds, or my daily favorite, 1 bag of pre-washed spinach blended with 2 cups of frozen blueberries or raspberries, a pinch of stevia and 1 cup water or almond milk. Eat simply for breakfast and lunch, and save prepared foods for dinner.
2. Buy your salad greens already washed. A lot of markets including Trader Joes carry prewashed baby greens such as arugula, spinach and mixed greens. This makes it really easy to open a bag and throw a salad together.
3. Shop at Farmers Market. Farmers bring produce fresh picked and ripe most of the time so you can buy your foodat its tastiest, ripest and freshest. The flavors are so great that you will enjoy these foods all by themselves, with nothing on them. Think big juicy heirloom tomatoes, sliced and drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of basil.
4. Make fast salad dressings with tasty oils. There is an amazing array of delicious, exotic oils that now fill the markets such as pumpkin seed, almond, sesame, and walnut oils (for a raw, cold pressed product order from http://www.canada-shops.com) or Bariani cold pressed Olive oil which is my favorite olive oil. Just drizzle your greens with a tablespoon of oil and a little Himalayan salt, then mix your greens well, top them with sprouts, sliced avocados, tomatoes and some sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and you’ve got a healthy, easy salad. For more punch squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the top or 1/4 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.
5. Mash an avocado with some raw sauerkraut and spread on a flax cracker. I love this dish! Just take 1 avocado, mash it with ½ cup of your favorite store bought or homemade sauerkraut and eat it like that in a bowl or spread it on a cracker. (For a great selection of raw sprouted crackers visit any health food store in your area. If you don’t have crackers, put a cup of cooked, alkalizing, protein rich quinoa in the bottom of the bowl.
6. Use presoaked nuts/seeds. Nuts and seeds are full of the good fats and a handful makes a great in between meal snack. However if you don’t soak them you might have a hard time digesting them due to their enzyme inhibitors and acids in the skin. Here are 2 solutions. 1. Keep a couple cups of your favorite nuts such as almonds always soaking. You can keep them in water in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you are ready to use them, rinse them in 3 % hydrogen peroxide to freshen them. 2. Soak up to 5 pounds of nuts overnight, rinse them well, then dehydrate them at 105° until crispy. (About 36 hours for almonds, 24 hours for walnuts or pecans and only 8 hours for pumpkin or sunflower seeds). Let them cool and store them in an airtight container. When you need them for almond milk, just plain snackin’ or a recipe, they will be ready to use.
7. Pick one or two days a week to do your food production. Make the majority of your prepared foods on that day such as flax crackers, nut/seed pates, veggie burgers, almond mayo, pizza crusts, pesto, etc. which will keep for a length of time. Then on the other days, you have a foundation on which you can put your fresh fruits and veggies. Ideas: Make pasta sauce on your food production day, and on a non-production day, make a green salad and spiralized zucchini on which to put your sauces and dressings. You can also ask friends to help you on production days, and then everyone goes home with something.
8. Get recipe books with easy to prepare recipes like Elaina’s Pure Joy Kitchen or Raw Food Made Easy by Jenny Cornbleet.
9. Think Happy Thoughts. Make eating healthy fun, not a chore. Your energy and mood will improve with each healthy meal, making life more fun and light. If you eat pizza, so what? I’m sure you had a perfectly good reason for eating it. Now, take a deep breath, send lots of love to the pizza in your belly, and move on!