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SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE MEAL TIPS!

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Every day we are bombarded with nutritional information, diets to follow, theories and philosophies all promising to give you the results that you need and want RIGHT NOW! The truth is that, sure, there are a thousand ways and methods out there to get to your goals.  Some may be more immediate than others and some may actually have results that last. 

 

So when you are trying to make a change in your health, which direction should you go?  Well, the answer: It depends!  It ultimately depends on your personal beliefs and goals.  Not much help right?  Well, regardless of what macronutrient count split you decide to go with, or if you are high fat, low carb, yada yada yada…. chances are you are looking for ways to be faster with your meal choices.  Keeping it simple will help!

 

Well, regardless of what macronutrient count split you decide to go with, or if you are high fat, low carb, chances are you are looking for ways to be faster with your meal choices.  Keeping it simple will help!

 

#1: Choose foods that are whole with one-ingredient.  It makes things a lot simpler to choose a chicken breast for a protein source rather than try to read labels and calculate how much protein is in that processed breaded chicken tender. 

#2: Forget the recipes, unless you have a bunch of ingredients that follow #1 that you just toss all together.  Spending time and effort on baking and cooking recipes not only makes knowing your exact intake challenging, it also takes a lot of time for not a lot of food at the end!

#3: Frozen veggies are awesome!  Sure, there might be nutritional variances that occur once frozen versus fresh… however, they are convenient, never go bad and are always ready for you to add to your meal!  Eating frozen veggies is better than eating none at all.

#4: Have your favorite nuts around… all of the time!  In the cabinet, on the go, in your gym bag, in your purse.  They are easy, fast, and a simple source of healthy fats.  Just be sure that you choose the plain or roasted ones with just salt.  Some of the flavored ones have a lot of added oils and other ingredients that make the raw/roasted ones a better choice.

#5: Choose unprocessed carbohydrates.  Sure, that slice of bread is super yummy sometimes, but you get a lot more food for your calories choosing a potato or rice instead.

#6: Do not drink your calories.  Keep it simple with just water! And drink lots of it :)

#7: Cook your meats plain and in bulk.  That way you can flavor that bland and boring chicken breast with different flavors for each meal to keep it from getting too blah!

#8: Use seasonings to add flavor.  Spend time in the spices aisle at the store.  It is amazing what you can discover!

 

Finding ways to keep nutrition simple not only takes stress off of prepping and planning, but it also allows you to cook faster and have it ready to go when you need it! 

Sara Sutherland is an internationally published fitness model, cover model, personal trainer, nutrition certified coach, blogger, brand ambassador and sponsored athlete.  She lost 85lbs post-pregnancy and has a strong passion for helping others through proper nutrition and exercise. She is a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach and has launched a free habits-based e-book “The Healthy Habits Challenge” that is available for download at thehealthyhabitschallenge.com.  She also continues to post to her blog, fastonomics.com, where she shares ideas for accomplishing tasks quickly and efficiently.  Full online training program, workout app, and nutrition coaching programs available at sarasutherlandfitness.com