I’ve been REALLY pushing you guys lately to PLAN ahead and pre-pack your food the night BEFORE, so that you’re not in a huge panic in the morning.
This is my beautiful lunch, I’ve had twice this week, and I didn’t spend even ONE penny at a restaurant/market at college to make it!
Packing your lunch/snacks the night before, helps prevent:
- Forgetting to pack a fork to eat your salad with
- Grabbing the wrong dressing, and now your salad is going to taste funny
- Putting some sugary cookies in your lunch because you didn’t have time to look in the back of your fridge and find the raspberries
- Leaving your water bottle on the cereal shelf, because you we’re trying to remember to pack a drink, yet attempting to eat breakfast at the same time!
All 4 of those examples are things that have ACTUALLY happened to me when I get lazy and think, “Oh, I don’t have to prepare for tomorrow, I’ll just do everything in the morning.”
THIS IS A BAD IDEA!
Planning is key! I can’t say this enough times- Plan Plan Plan!
Try it for a week, you’re going to shock yourself with all the stress-free time you have in the mornings.
Healthy/Thrifty College Girl Alert!!
Trying to cut expenses? Really want to eat healthy while you’re out, but are always tempted by junk food?
Start bringing your lunch and snacks with you to school and work!!
Let’s face it; everyone wants to save money whenever they have the opportunity. Why not start now by saving money instead of eating out?
At the beginning of this week, I went to the store and purchased only the foods that I needed to make lunches and snacks for every day.
(I’ll make a post later this week-on how to grocery shop to plan out the rest of your week’s meals.)
I had to wake up really early this morning, so last night I made sure to pre-packed this entire lunch, including snacks (because I am SO NOT a morning person!)
I’m lucky if I leave the house early in the morning, with the same shoes on both feet.
Anywho, this morning when I woke up, I made my usual morning fruit smoothie, and then grabbed my lunch pail out of the fridge (which was already pre-packed from last night.)
Today’s Fitspirational Lunch:
- Mixed green salad- Avocados!!! raspberries, walnuts, almonds, white balsamic vinaigrette
- Carrots with a little bit of ranch dip
- Brown bread (much healthier for your body then white)
- Chocolate milk (16g of protein)
Not pictured (because they are already in my tummy):
- Whole wheat crackers
- 2 water bottles
- Frozen banana slices
Making my own lunch TO-GO, honestly only took a total of 5 minutes to put together last night. Such minimal effort saved me at least $12 dollars eating out for lunch…not to mention the money I would spend on snacks throughout the day.
I hope you read this, and are inspired to make a healthy “TO-GO” lunch of your own this week!
Check out this beauty I’m eating right now!
Brittany’s Fitspirational Salad:
Dark leafy lettuce
White balsamic vinegarette dressing
A glass of water
And some delicious healthy brown bread!
Eating out doesn’t have to be unhealthy or expensive. We just got done with our wonderful lifegroup meeting at my church, my dad and I went out to eat. We BOTH got salads and water and the bill came out to $13.50 for both of us!!
Healthy, inexpensive AND delicious!!!
This is AWESOME!
When I was little, my mom used to write me little messages on napkins and put them in my lunch box for school :)
I’m totally going to be the mom that gets creative with her kid’s school lunches (healthy of course) but still lots of fun and delicious to eat!
This is one way to get your kids to eat their lunch!
Starting off the week on a healthy food with a fabulous Vegetarian Fitspirational Lunch!!
Think you can’t eat a grilled cheese sandwich and fries without eating unhealthy fried foods? WRONG!
This meal contains protein, fiber, calcium, iron and WONDERFUL nutritious ingredients! I made this AT HOME in less than 10 mins. he healthiest “fast food” you can imagine.
What you see:
- Toasted Chedder and Avocado grilled cheese sandwich on oatnut bread, with a bit of butternut squash aioli sauce
- Side Ceazar salad
- Sweet Potato fries (BAKED not fried) *Note- Did you know Sweet potatoes are ranked one of the highest nutritional vegetable on the planet? This is because of their high protein and vitamin content!
- Glass of water
Eating healthy does NOT have to be boring! Get creative, have FUN in the kitchen finding new wonderful ways to incorporate health into your meals!
I made this meal healthy by:
- Using Oatnut bread instead of starchy white bread
- Having baked sweet potato fries instead of normal greasy fried french fries
- Adding a salad
- Having water instead of soda
APPLY what you just read to YOUR life. Today when you make your next meal, stop and think what you can do to make it healthier!
This is my big box of salad.
It may look like a lot of lettuce, but I go through about 1 of these a week!
This box of salad cumulatively has saves me about 5 mins of prep time in the kitchen every day, which amounts to 35 mins a week.
I make at LEAST one type of salad everyday, and my salads consist of 3-4 different types of lettuce.
- red lettuce
- dark leafy greens
But the best part is IT COMES PRE-WASHED!
You may not realize it but washing fruits and veggies for a salad takes a good handful of time to do. No one wants to eat a mouthful of pesticides, however sometimes the detailed washing process is what makes people choose a bag of chips over a fresh salad.
With a prewashed and premixed salad box like this, making a healthy delicious salad has gone from taking 5-10 minutes, to 3 minutes tops.
Fast food doesn’t get faster than that.
If you’re trying to manage a heavy work schedule, college, friends, family AND eating healthy, this box of lettuce should absolutely be added to your grocery list!
Today’s fabulously healthy lunch I made!
Freshly sliced Avocado over melted Cheddar cheese on toasted Oat-nut bread!
With a side of DELICIOUS baked garlic asparagus that I made all by myself!
(I’ll post a recipe soon)
And of course a fresh glass of Orange Juice and a cup of water to take my 7 daily vitamins with.
I threw this together in less than 15 minutes and it was FULL of nutrients that my body will use for the rest of the day.
Treat your body right and it will treat you right!
Have a healthy day everyone :)
You are ALWAYS telling me you want quick and healthy meals to eat so I’ve decided to start a strain of posts JUST dedicated to QUICK, EASY, and HEALTHY meals all under 10 minutes!
To kick off these posts, here is a delicious home made Italian salad that I literally threw together in 3 minutes.
You can use what ever veggies you have in your fridge, but I decided to go with the basics:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dark leafy greens
- And non-Fat Italian Dressing
Wash them, slice them, toss them and POOF you’re done!
There is no need to make things complicated when you’re short on time. Get creative, but if you can’t just come to me and I’ll be all the creativity for both of us :)
***Next to come: 5 minute cooked Parmesan Asparagus!***
Enjoy, and remember Fast food does NOT have to come from McDonalds!
3 minutes is about as fast as it gets and this is PACKED with nutrients!
FABULOUS Salad and Fruit combination!!!
If you’re looking for new salad ideas and combos, take a good look at this photo.
Not only does it have dark leafy greens, but it also is FILLED with vitamins from all the fruit.
A Perfect lunch choice (I would definitely add some avocados to it though haha)
It’s SO easy to ruin a healthy meal by PILING unhealthy things all over it!
Froyo is a FABULOUS example.
Next time you hit up Pink Berry or Yogurt Land, Skip the Sprinkles and sugary toppings and load up on some delicious fruits!!
There is usually always a way to put a healthy spin on something that isn’t so good for you.
You’ve got this.
Think of it as a way to use your wonderful creativity to decorate the inside of your healthy belly :)
I wonder if water was sold in a can like this, if people would be more likely to purchase it rather than soda.
On a side note, did you know that one can of Coke has TEN ENTIRE teaspoons of sugar????
So when you drink ONE can of Coke, that’s the same as taking a bag of sugar and eating 10 whole teaspoons…
Think about that for a second.
Think about it again next time you’re decided what to drink for lunch.
Such a great basic chart on how to build the HEALTHY right kind of sandwich that will get you so many of your bodies daily nutrients needs!
BRING YOUR FOOD WITH YOU TO COLLEGE!!!
If you’re a studying/working girl like me with an outrageous busy schedule, finding time to eat is SO rough.
You know you’ve been here- we all have:
Sometimes you go hours and hours without eating, skipping meals left and right until you get to the point where you’re feeling faint from not eating and then result to the worst thing possible..
FAST FOOD…. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Well guess what?
Fruit is the fastest food you can possibly eat, and you don’t even have to drive through anywhere to get it!
Planning and packing a lunch/ snacks to keep with you throughout the day is a GREAT idea for everyone and anyone.
These fabulous glad ware separators are perfect for putting together a wonderful healthy lunch the night before your day of hectic activities.
Don’t let hunger be another thing making you stressed.
Eating frequently not only makes your metabolism faster, it also keeps your energy level high as well as your ability to give focus to the activities that you are doing (such as college classes.)
So grab some glad ware and get packing tonight!