Top 10 Good Food & Nutritional Time Savers
Here are our top 10 good for you foods and nutritional time savers that make life easier, add essential nutrients and are much healthier for the family
What’s it take to ensure you and your family get the healthy servings of real foods that support growing bodies, strong immune systems and the urge to snack?
- Fast Food – Schedule just 15 minutes every 2-3 days to prepare a selection of vegetables in advance. Chop carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, mixed peppers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, add a few drops of water (some like a twist of lemon juice) to preserve freshness, throw them in an airtight container and Store in the fridge. Eat raw throughout the day, kids love them with a dip (hummus or tzaiziki), pack for lunches and steam them for supper. Versatile, healthy and saves time and money over pre-processed alternatives.
- Easy Treats - Have ready to eat fruits available between meals including bananas, apples, pears, nectarines, peaches, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. No preparation time except a quick wash.
- Energy - Always have unsalted raw nuts and seeds on hand. They have the natural proteins and good fats necessary for energy and health. Enjoy by the spoonful or add to salads and pastas for a complete meal.
- Breakfast Smoothie Power - A tasty and healthy fruit smoothie with natural protein powder. Takes just a few minutes to prepare, be creative and it’s great for everyone before school and work.
- Breakfast Select - Slice a favorite fruit; add a scoop of organic yogurt topped with ½ cup of natural organic cereals and mix. It’s quick, easy, nourishing and yummy.
- Hearty Soup Du Jour - Using 1-2 cups of a natural base soup mix (such Bob’s Red Mill bean soup mix or veggie soup mix), add fresh (organic) diced tomatoes and 3-4 cups of vegetables (bigger chunks for taste or smaller so kids do not see them) and add some favorites spices. Takes about 10 minutes to prepare and it is good for many days, great for lunches or as a side with dinner; can be frozen.
- The California Bistro Lunch – Choose a healthy pita or non-wheat bread, spread some chick pea hummus, a layer of lettuce, white bean sprouts, a few slices of cucumber, sliced tomatoes, avocado, peppers and enjoy.
- Lunch Now – Time sometimes disappears and when it happens, select a natural ready-to-eat soup (Amy’s or Imagine) when you have zero time to get them ready yourself; quite healthy, nutritious and delicious.
- Supper Time Supreme - Using a crock-pot is a fantastic way to get a delicious suppertime meal ready with very little effort. A lentil stew, baked beans or even vegetable meat stew can be prepared in advance is just 15 minutes, feed the family and makes delicious left-overs for the next day or freeze for emergencies.
- Stop Wandering - Take a few minutes before going grocery shopping to plan meals for the next week, then stick to the list. It saves a lot of time, reduces repeat trips to the grocery Store and simplifies you life.
Hot Grocery Shopping Tips
Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry! When you're there, focus on shopping the perimeter of the store where the fresh foods are placed and you will be avoiding the highly processed products found on the inside aisles.
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As one of Canada's top Holistic Natural Health Practitioners (a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Master Herbalist & Clinically Certified Iridologist), Diane and her team of practitioners have helped thousands of people successfully address a wide range of problems naturally from her wellness centres in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).