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BBP Food Commandment #1: Be Prepared!

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Over the next few weeks on braveEATS we’ll be breaking down the Brave Body Project 10 Commandments of Food.  So let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start!)

BRAVE BODY PROJECT FOOD COMMANDMENT #1:

Just like the Girl Scouts of America say: Be prepared. If you prep your food the night before you rush out the door for work you won’t be stuck making hasty food choices on the fly.

Full disclosure here, I hate cooking.  My friends make fun of me because I don’t own the most basic of cooking utensils. I’m much more a “grab something on the way to the gym/work/apartment” kind of girl.  But over the years I started to realize my lack of planning my meals ahead of time was taking a big toll on my wallet and my waistline.  I’d be in the middle of my work day and suddenly realize I was starving.  I don’t know about you, but when i’m starving I get tunnel vision, I can’t focus and I’ll push you over the yellow line on the subway platform if you look at me the wrong way.  This is no way to live life.

Here are BBP’s best tips for avoiding the dreaded “Hangry” episode:

  • Channel your inner Julia Child. Take one day or night a week and do some simple food prep.  If I know I have a long week with not a lot of downtime I’ll do a few quick things on Sunday night to make my chow down time easier.  I buy 3 or 4 sweet potatoes, dice them up and roast them in the oven with a little EVOO, salt and pepper.  I do the same thing with asparagus, squash, zucchini or whatever vegetable i’m feeling that week.  While my veggies and sweet potatoes are roasting in the oven I grill up 5 or 6 chicken breasts and hard boil a dozen eggs.  Boom. Food prep.

 

  • Crash your mom’s tupperware party.  Once your food prep is underway, set up some tupperware conveyer belt style in your kitchen.  As soon as it’s cooked, portion out your meals right then and there. Pre portioning your meals only takes a couple minutes and it’s a lifesaver when you’re late and running out the door in the morning.

 

  • Be a protein packing ninja. While a protein bar isn’t my first choice to keep hunger at bay, it’s definitely pulled through for me when I can’t sit down for a real lunch or snack.  Enter the Quest Bar.  I could write an entire post on Quest bars because I love them that hard.  They’re under 200 calories, have a ridiculous amount of protein, they’re low in carbs and there’s virtually no sugar.  Also they’re the most delicious things on the planet. (Side note: if you want to have a euphoric experience put a Quest Bar in the microwave for 10 seconds.  You brain will explode.  It’s that good.)

 

  • Look into a food delivery service.  When Amber and I are leaning out for a photo shoot we turn to the professionals for help.  Companies like Fuel Food and Fuel Fit Prep provide perfectly portioned, healthy and affordable meals that are delivered right to your doorstep.  If you hate cooking or you’re just really tight on time this is a great option.

 

  • Get your juice on.  Juices and blends are a quick and easy way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs when you’re on the go.  We here at BBP don’t believe in juice cleanses (that will mess up your metabolism girl!) but we do believe it getting your daily requirement of fruits and veggies and we love when we can get it in the form of a delicious juice!  Our favorites juice/blend picks?  Lulitonix takes the lead because their juice blends are delicious, easily digestable and all the fiber stays intact in the blending.  We also love Juice Press because they’re cold pressed, all raw, and they use usda organic produce.  Another great feature about these two companies?  They also deliver right to your doorstep!  (Woo!)

 

So there you have it!  The BBP top tips for being prepared and keeping your relationship with food a more healthy, manageable one.  Have a favorite food prep tip?  Share it with us in the comments below!

Stay brave (and prepared) friends!

Lindsey

  • KJ Fisher

    love this commandment and in the past have found food prep to be very helpful. I love to make oatmeal bars or something quick to grab in the morning. This is especially helpful for my husband who eats breakfast at work. But I worry about the recipes I find having too much sugar or calling for artificial sweetner. There is so much messaging out there saying sugar is bad and so are the artificial sweeteners. What is a girl to do! Are there better natural sweetners? Is some sugar okay?

    • Brave Body Project

      Hi KJ!!! Thank you for reading! These days it’s getting more and more difficult to buy products without loads of hidden sugar in them, right? One time I was traveling for work and ended up at an IHOP for breakfast. I ordered an egg white omelette and I noticed it tasted different than normal. Upon asking my server why my omelette tasted extra delicious, she responded by telling me they put PANCAKE BATTER in their omelettes…WHAT?! Here I am about to eat a seemingly healthy menu option and they’re sneaking in pancake batter! No fair.

      Cooking at home is great for your wallet and your waistline because you’re in charge of exactly what ingredients are going on your plate. As far as baking, there are some great options out there that you can use in place of sugar. Date sugar is made from dehydrated dates that have been ground up and tastes similar to brown sugar. Coconut palm sugar is a sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. These are both great natural sugar substitute options for baking! I’ve also used applesauce when making my own protein bars to sweeten them up!

      Try some of these options and let me know how you like them!

      Be brave,
      Lindsey

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