With racing season in full swing on top of school and work I have really been trying, and ultimately struggling with finding quick, healthy budget-friendly meals. On top of this and being an already picky eater, I decided to give up most meat (except poultry), sweets and soda for lent. This limits my options quite a bit when it comes to eating.. My schedule also makes it very hard to prepare foods since I am often out of my room from 6am-9pm except maybe a 30 minute break at some point. With this hectic lifestyle, for lunch I need to find something that is not only quick and easy but also satisfying since its quite likely I wont eat until I return at night. This is the EXACT reason I have been absolutely loving this meal.
I mean its very basic, I typically start off with either vanilla or regular yogurt. Though regular is alot better for you I really dont like it as much so I personally opt. more for vanilla. I then add whatever frozen berries I have lying around the freezer or whatever fresh berries where available at the dining halls, today it was strawberries. I like to top this all off with cranberry, cinnamon granola and some finely milled flax seeds from Trader Joes. In an attempt to be healthy, yet still still satisfy that crap tooth I have I usually like to grab some snap pea crisps. These things are godsent. If I dont control myself I WILL eat an entire bag. They are basically an equivalent to chips but there is something about the texture that is extremely satisfying. To drink I usually go for a glass of water, or today I opted for some gatorade.
I know there is a lot of controversy concerning Gatorade, and I completely agree that it is mainly sugar and overused but at a competitive level there are days where its nice to have a sports drink. Typically instead of buying the bottle I just get the powder and add 1/2-1/3 the recommended serving size to its not as sugary. One thing I have really been trying to be conscientious of is my water intake. I drink ALOT of water, especially when I am bored but I have realized there are days I barely get 3 glasses in and so I have been making a real effort to drink a full glass at every meal as well as when I wake up and before bed and it has made me feel SOO much better and has really helped my skin glow.
I am no nutritionist but I really wanted to share this meal because although its not incredibly healthy, its a nice, quick meal that's better then many alternatives that we grab for daily. Healthy eating is about taking small steps and finding alternatives that you enjoy. Though I am an active person, I have struggled with weight my entire life and the idea of diet has never worked for me. Healthy eating is a life commitment, not some 3 week phase and I have found it much easier to make small replacements of products I enjoy then rule them out completely. Its taken me 20 years but I am finally at a place where I can separate health and weight, and though to some aspect I will always want to look like a 120lb model, thats not how my body is made and its really important to separate health and weight. Society makes the assumption that most skinny people are healthy and larger girls aren't but thats not always the case. Every body has a healthy weight and its more about correctly fueling the body through healthy food and exercise then that number the scale says. Obviosly its hard to be 400lbs and healthy but as a society we need to stop associating the two and striving to loose weight and work more towards a healthier, sustainable lifestyle.
Sorry that got a little deep