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Now that it’s just me and my son at home, you’d think I’d have no problem feeding us wholesome, clean food. It’s just two people, right? Except one of them is a teenage boy which means he is constantly hungry, so keeping him filled up can get to be quite a challenge.
Not that I’m any easier, mind you. Due to health issues, I resolved to cut out processed carbs and artificial ingredients. Sounds great, except those same health problems mean that shopping for, cooking, and cleaning up after three meals a day wipes me out.
With my son home all day now that it’s summer vacation, I realized that I needed a good game plan for keeping us fed properly without leaving me exhausted. Don’t get me wrong: he’s great about helping me in the kitchen but, like any teenager with a car, he’s often gone when it’s time to start making dinner.
All of these things make it so tempting to fall back into bad eating habits, grabbing fast food or takeout from a local restaurant or filling the freezer with stuff we can just heat and eat. That’s not only bad for my health, I know it’s not the nutrition a growing young man needs nor is it the kind of lifestyle I want him to carry into his adult years.
That’s why I decided to come up with a game plan which allows me to keep us properly fed without ruining my health — or my budget. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ve noticed the difference in our dinner menu as I’ve made these changes. It’s not just our health that’s benefitting, either: now that I know how to make eating clean convenient, I have more time to enjoy these longer, warmer evenings, too.
Basically, I spend Saturday morning cooking a large pot of oatmeal or homemade granola for our breakfasts. While it cooks, I wash and slice fruit to add to my water throughout the day, or to snack on. My son is in charge of making a tray of turkey and cheese rollups or lettuce wraps for our lunches through the week.
Then I grill several pounds of chicken breasts and sometimes a few burgers — these black bean burgers are currently in heavy rotation. My son is a big-time snacker, so also I hardboil a dozen eggs, make sure there’s almond butter in the fridge, and keep string cheese on hand. That’s it — thirty minutes of shopping, two hours of cooking for the week, and I am done.
As for vegetables, we’re loving the gourmet salad kits from Eat Smart. These chef-inspired combinations feature six or more superfoods and are free of artificial preservatives, colorings, and sweeteners. They include everything, too: the vegetables, the dressing, and even a package of toppings chosen to complement the vegetables.
I know what you’re thinking, but these aren’t like your typical salad kit. Eat Smart is the only one in its category to commit to 100% Clean products — just look for the green label.
We’re particularly impressed with the Strawberry Harvest kit which is filled with crunchy kale and beet greens, julienned broccoli stalks and carrots plus shredded red cabbage. Now, eating vegetables is fine and all but the best part of salads is the toppings. The topping pack does not disappoint with its crispy quinoa, slivered almonds, and feta cheese crumbles that all go perfectly with the naturally sweetened strawberry vinaigrette.
Eat Smart makes eating clean convenient at lunchtime, too. While my son is perfectly happy with his rollups and wraps, I’m trying to focus on eating more vegetables.
It doesn’t get easier than these Salad Shakers. Like the Salad Kits, they come with everything: a gourmet blend of vegetables and superfoods, including the toppings and dressing. They also include a top that you pop onto the bowl so you can shake everything together — there’s even a fork included.
Talk about how to make eating clean convenient! It just doesn’t get easier than this. It actually takes more time and effort to get fast food than to eat properly at home now. I can’t tell you how much better that makes me feel, not just health wise but budget wise, too.
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