For the vast majority of the week, I like to eat a variety of tasty and healthy meals. As I train a lot, I need constant fuel. My favourite way to eat at the moment would be to have 5 smaller meals a day. I like to call it ‘clean eating tapas’. This isn’t always possible but I do it when I can. The key for me is getting organised on a Sunday. So off to the shops I popped yesterday to stock up on some of my favourite healthy treats.
My shopping list of choice at the moment:
Curly kale, avocados, prawns, salmon, chicken, broccoli, peppers, beetroot, goats cheese, feta, tomatoes, carrots, spiced hummus, fresh basil, celery, eggs, seeded bread, almond butter, lemons and limes, ice, greek yogurt, fresh mango, bananas, passion fruits, dark chocolate.
This morning I gave the kids a pile of play doh then hit the kitchen to whip up a kale pesto. I kept the basil as it is my all time favourite herb and the kids are pesto mad.
Chuck in a few tablespoons of decent olive oil. Add fresh basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, a clove of garlic and pine nuts. I like to add fresh chilli too and make an adult spicy version but I held off today as the chilli’s in the fridge looked a little past it.
Season with salt and pepper then throw in a large handful of curly kale and blend further.
Mix through the pasta. Serve up fast before the kids eat all the parmesan cheese.
Enjoy. Yum yum. It also goes tops with chicken and fish or with a goats cheese salad.
The kids scraped their plates and so did I.
I served mine on a side plate and had as one of my 5 meals. Some other ideas based on today.
1 – Seeded bread with 1 tablespoon of almond butter 8am.
Almond butter is crammed with vitamin E and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Smearing it on toast is a great way to get the much needed protein and carb fix nice and early.
2 – Greek yogurt with fresh passion fruit 10am.
Greek yogurt has twice the protein quantities of standard yogurts and is crammed with calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. I prefer to go for the full fat version.
3 – Pasta with homemade Kale pesto 12pm.
I love getting kale into the kids without them having to even know about it. Kale is low calorie, high fibre, has no fat and is crammed with nurtients. A bag of kale goes a long way and can easily be thrown into stir fries, pesto and casseroles.
4 – Prawn and avocado cocktail 2.30pm.
Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. I love prawns and they are super low fat source of protein.
5 – Poached chicken with curly kale 5pm.
If I can get a fix of kale twice a day then I am delighted. If I have time I like to roast some carrots with this.
I serve the hubs and kids chips on the side of theirs.
I have also hammered 7 x glasses of iced water with fresh lemon or lime. According to a body scan I had last week, I am pretty dehydrated. I keep forgetting to drink water! So every day this week I am going to remind myself and hope it helps.
I won’t always be as organised as today but am feeling great and ready to nail running club tonight. The best post recovery snack for me to have would be a banana and glass of milk.
Please fire me some of your favourite ‘clean eating tapas’ meal ideas.