With winter withering away and the blossoming goodness of spring on the horizon, it’s time to think about putting away the comfort food and grabbing something more fitting for an on-the-go lifestyle. Don’t abandon the resolutions you had of a healthier, fitter you.
The following meals are effortlessly portable, and give your body the energy it needs to keep you going. Each takes into consideration the guidance found in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide, while keeping portability in mind.
1. Protein Smoothie
Trade in your large latte for a protein smoothie. Change and tweak the specifics of your favourite smoothie recipe to make it your own. A bit of ice, milk or fortified soy beverage, peanut butter, lower fat Greek yogurt, and a handful of berries or a banana make for a delicious meal that will keep you going.
2. Granola/ Greek Yogurt/ Honey
A homemade parfait of lower fat Greek yogurt, honey, and granola for breakfast gets you off to a great start. It is a balanced breakfast that will help keep you fuller longer. Check the Nutrition Facts table on packages of granola to help you make a healthier choice.
3. Boiled Eggs
When compared to other ways of preparing eggs (we’re looking at you, scrambled eggs), boiled eggs seem to lag behind in popularity. But the ease of preparing them the night before and lasting for days in the fridge is ideal on those days you’re too busy to cook a fresh egg.
Making oatmeal for breakfast can be quick and easy: boil water for your morning tea/coffee and simply add a little extra to the kettle for a soothingly hot breakfast. Use whole oats and add something sweet, like honey, or fresh or frozen fruit. This breakfast boosts the body with energy and fibre, to start the day off right.
5. Veggies and Guacamole/Hummus
The veggie tray is always a go-to and a must at any kind of social function. Why not take a veggie tray with you, and spice it up with homemade hummus or guacamole instead of a creamy dip?
6. Quinoa salad
The next time you’re in a salad mood, try substituting the usual lettuce for some quinoa. All of your favourite salad ingredients still apply: fresh veggies, berries, nuts, cheese, and maybe a little bit of balsamic dressing, mixed in with quinoa. The resulting quinoa salad is fresh, delicious, and -- mostly importantly -- easy to pack. Enjoy!