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Healthy Eating without Cooking

Monday, March 25, 2013

I've finally figured out how to eat healthy at home without having to cook too much. Generally, I enjoy cooking, but most of the time, I'm too busy or just not in the mood. Plus, a bunch of my favorite foods don't require cooking. Here are my favorites:

- Fruit. I figured out that berries have less carbs than bananas or apples, so I've been eating lots of berries. I like to stir them into oatmeal or Greek yogurt.
- Greek yogurt. I get it plain, then add my own fruit.
- Veggies. I love carrots; I can eat them by the bag, raw. Same goes for snap peas. Raw spinach leaves make a great salad or topping for a sandwich.
- Sandwiches. I compared dozens of breads, and I found that rye bread seems to have the lowest number of carbs so far, so that's what I've been eating. It has a stronger taste than regular bread, so I even enjoy it more.
- Sugar free jam or jelly in combination with Simply Jif peanut butter (less sugar than regular). Or, Elvis' favorite: peanut butter and sliced bananas on the sandwich.
- Lean ham or turkey - I always check for carbs on the label. Meat is carb free, but a lot of times the processing adds sugar.
- Nuts. I like to switch up on the kinds of nuts I eat. Walnuts are expensive, but the best choice because they have Omega 3 oils. I finally figured out that I can save a lot of money if I buy a bag in the baking aisle instead of the snack aisle. I also like to buy nuts in the shell, unsalted; it takes a while to shell them, so that keeps me busy, and I end up eating less.

If I feel like cooking, I will, but a lot of days, I just have quick and ready healthy foods.
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    what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I used to do this in college (for obvious lack of kitchen reasons), we called it "carpet picnic dinners"
    1883 days ago
    I like toasted Ezekiel bread with all natural peanut butter (just peanuts) for breakfast. I also add chia seeds to my yogurt/berries. I also add some ricotta cheese. (1/4 c) for a different texture and more protein. I don't like Greek yogurt--too dry for my liking.

    Keep up the good work!
    1886 days ago
    I often eat like this, supplemented by large batches of one-dish meals frozen in portions for my lunches.
    I like to add a tablespoon of chia seeds to my yogurt (if you add right before eating they will be like poppyseeds, but if you add them too far in advance they absorb water like tapioca).
    1887 days ago
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