Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or take a lot of time. Knowing how to quickly prepare nutritious options is key for being consistent with healthy eating habits. Today I share have meal and snack ideas on CBS Las Vegas NOW that take 20 minutes.
For lunch: salad jars
Salad jars make for an easy and nutritious grab and go lunch option. By following a simple layering formula with dressing at the bottom and delicate ingredients at the top, you can help keep your salad fresh and crisp all week long. Just pour it out onto a plate when you are ready to enjoy. Start with dressing at the bottom followed by protein, whole grains, vegetables and leafy greens at the top. For a plant-based twist, I used the LikeMeat Like Chick’n pieces for the protein source which are ready in minutes and perfect for throwing into your favorite salad jars, taco recipes and burrito bowls. These plant-based chunks are gluten-free, packed with high quality soy protein and are rich in fiber. Plus each chick’n piece has authentic textures and are pre-seasoned with flavorful spices. You can find them at Sprouts and Target.
For dinner: simply stir-fry
For an easy balanced dinner that is ready in minutes, try a simple stir fry with whatever protein and vegetables you have on hand. This stir fry is made with the Mind Blown Dusted Shrimp by the Plant-Based Seafood Company, an all-female, family-owned company with 20 years of experience in the seafood industry now offering a sustainably sourced alternative to traditional seafood made 100% from plants. The entire Mind Blown Plant-Based Seafood line-up including the coconut shrimp, dusted shrimp and dusted scallops is free from: Soy, Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Palm Oil, and tastes like the real deal. You can find this sustainably sourced alternative to traditional seafood online at plantbasedseafoodco.com Pair your protein of choice with vegetables in your fridge like broccoli, bell pepper and mushrooms with a stir-fry sauce and cooked whole grain like brown rice or quinoa to build a complete meal.
For snack: stuffed bananas
For a fun and nutritious snack that helps you meet your recommended 1 ½ to 2 ½ cup servings of fruit for the day – try stuffed bananas. Banana Loca is a new innovative kitchen gadget as seen on Shark Tank that straightens a banana, cores it while still in the peel and allows you to fill it with a variety of tasty and nutritious food pairings. Start by cutting off the tip of the banana, use the holder to straighten the banana and use the corer to remove the center. Add filling to the hopper and press the lever down to fill the banana. For a satisfying snack that pairs protein with fiber – fill with yogurt or nut butter. Or for a nutritious dessert – fill with honey, jams, jellies or even Nutella. It’s an easy and fun way for kids and adults to enjoy bananas, a good source of fiber and potassium. You can find Banana Loca at Bananaloca.com and on Amazon.