Not Fast Food, Foods Made Fast

This week seems to be a mad dash from one place to another. I don’t have time to breathe, much less cook. Since Saturday we’ve been on the run and to top it off, this week is my daughters birthday week. Now I have added errands like purchasing cupcakes and delivering them to school and the gym, birthday parties and dance. But we need to eat even when we are so busy it feels as if our heads will spin off.

We are doing ourselves a disservice by not eating. Our bodies require the fuel to keep going… Did you know that if you don’t eat food you may lose weight at first but you are more likely to gain more weight and more quickly once you do start eating. Your body goes into “starvation mode” thinking that there isn’t enough food and stores even more fat in reserve against future lean or starvation periods. Do you see where I’m going with this? You need to eat, but preferably not from fast food restaurants, but from healthy foods that can be put together fast. I’ll include a few quick easy ideas for a light lunch and snacks you can grab through out the day.

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image from Just Pinch Me

Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
1lb. Strawberries
1 cup Fat free plain Greek yogurt
1 Orange
1 Banana
Honey
2 Tbsp. Wheat Germ

Using a food processor. Combine fruit till smooth. Add yogurt, wheat germ and honey to taste (about 1 tablespoon) and process till smooth. Can be kept for a few days. Makes about 2-3 servings.

Apple Pecan Yogurt
1 Apple diced (Braeburn and Fuji are my favorites)
1 cup fat free, plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. Chopped pecans
1 tsp honey

Serve the yogurt with the diced apples and pecans. Drizzle with honey.

And finally something more savory.

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image from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Grilled Chicken and Apple Salad
1-2 cups of mixed green salad
4 oz. Grilled Chicken (I usually just grill it with a little salt and pepper and olive oil)
1/2 Apple, diced
2 Tbsp Chopped Pecans
1 Tbsp Blue Cheese (optional)
1 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinaigrette (optional)

Serve chicken, diced apples, and pecans over a bed of mixed greens. Top with blue cheese and dressing if you choose. I enjoy this salad both ways.

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