I reckon the thing that helps keep me on track the most with eating nutrient-dense meals is having the ingredients for key favourites that are super-easy to prepare, on hand. If we a) love the food, b) have the ingredients available to us, and c) find said recipes ridiculously easy to prepare, we’re surely onto a massive winner (broccoli dinner!)
Here’s what I’m a tad obsessed with lately …
Brekkie – Green Smoothie
No surprises here. It’s my #1 go-to. However lately I’ve been adding some freshly peeled and diced ginger root, vanilla bean powder and a few cardamom pods and oh-my-freakin-goodness it’s out of this world amazeballs! Plus the warming spices make this otherwise cooling drink a little bit kinder to my core body temperature in the chilly Winter months.
Lunch – Multi-coloured Brussel Sprouts
Sprouts are hands down one of my favourite veggies. It’s funny I HATED them as a wee kiddlet, but have been in love since the age of 15 or so. I love them steamed until nice and tender (I drink the cooking liquid so no nutrients go down the drain) and dressed with turmeric, pepper, dulse flakes, Himalayan salt and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). So simple but so foodgasm-worthy!
After Lunch – Narnies and blubes (blueberries) with homemade nut/seed butter
My veggie-filled amazingness isn’t all that high in protein, so I love chasing it up with some fresh fruit (well the blubes were frozen but once they thaw it’s like they’re fresh) with a hefty spoonful of whatever nut/seed butter I have on hand. This week it’s a combo of macas (macadamias), cashews and hemp hearts – a brilliant combo by the way! I often take a break from working over lunch – I’ll read some articles or watch a youtube video or (ideally) if mum’s home we’ll enjoy lunch together outside on the decking.
I’m downright addicted to broccoli prepared this way. I could probably eat it every day and never tire (in fact, I pretty much do). Of course as fabulous as this cute little green number is, I know it’s not a full meal by itself, so I look forward to following with an indulgent, but oh-so-nourishing buckwheat porridge. I make it with cashew milk rather than dairy milk (just 1/4 cashews to one cup filtered water into the blender along with the buckwheat, salt and dates – plus I add fresh ginger, cardamom and vanilla bean powder) and then top the finished product with Inca Inchi Seed Butter, more berries and hemp hearts.
The topping may vary – sometimes I’ll leave off the blueberries and hemp hearts if I’ve already eaten these foods during the day. I like to eat half the porridge plain lately, with the seed butter in a dish on the side. Then I stir the butter through the remaining half for an extra creamy and slightly salty porridgy amazingness!
I may enjoy a few cups of herbal tea after lunch or have a few shots of coconut water kefir before bed, but that’s about it. I sip on warm water in between meals also – but that’s hardly worthy of a snap – you guys know what water looks like.
My meals take less than 5 minutes to prepare and all less than 20 mins to cook (the fruit and nut butter is instant gratification at it’s finest and the smoothie takes like 2 minutes, if that, to blend)
What are YOUR fave, nourishing and ridiculously easy meals?