Sunday, March 06, 2016
FOOD OF THE WEEK
Merchant Gourmet’s Quinoa, Grains and Red Rice Mix
What a busy couple of weeks (hence the absence of last week’s post - apologies), but I can’t complain, I’d rather be frantically busy than mind numbingly bored. One of the ‘excuses’ my nutrition clients often give for not being consistent with their efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle is time pressure – being too busy to think about eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Planning is one of those behavioural strategies that really does make a difference when it comes to healthy living, and I’m a firm believer in the old adage, ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. I even recommend planning most of your meals for the week ahead so that those time pressures don’t lead you astray to that convenient pizza or Chinese take-out too often. Consider cooking some of your meals in bulk and putting them in the fridge or freezer so that you essentially have your own home-made ready meals available when you get home after a long day of grafting.
I’m not against buying pre-prepared ready-meals and convenience food, they have their place when time is not on your side or you simply can’t be bothered to cook, but taking the time to have a quick scan of the food label to ensure you’re opting for a healthier option is always encouraged. I stumbled on this Merchant Gourmet’s Quinoa, Grains and Red Rice Mix in my local supermarket the other day and it has come in very handy, particularly for lunch and the occasional dinner. It’s high in fibre, a source of protein, low in sugar, salt and saturated fat, and relatively low in calories– tick tick tick tick! I just throw some fish or chicken (pre-cooked or homemade leftovers) on top with some spinach leaves or kale, a good glug of olive oil and some generous splashes of lemon juice and my meal is ready within 5 minutes – 6 minutes if you prefer it warm!
What’s your go-to quickie meal?
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