6 Meals in Less Than an Hour - Green Smoothies
Last week I didn't do so go great preparing meals. Managing work life, mom life, and blog life is like trying to jog backwards up a mountain. It can be done, but you know it's not going to be any fun. Since it was only my 2nd week back at work, Im still trying to figure out a routine for, well, everything.
I hate wasting food and unfortunately I threw out a more than an acceptable amount. I wont lie I cried a little. One - When your trying to save money, throwing out food is just like throwing away money. Two - I was really looking forward to eating that meal. Three - I was feeling a little like a failure because I couldn't manage to work 8 hours, cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, play with my kid, and work on my blog until the wee hours of the night.
This week, I made a much better effort to actually prepare my meals. I chopped all the vegetables so they were accessible for salads and Lily Bean's school lunches. I stuck about 10 lbs of chicken in brine (the hubs is training for a marathon and eats about a pound of chicken a day) for the hubby to cook later, and I had a ton of kale and spinach leftover from the previous week and I had a ton of leftover fruit in the freezer I could use for smoothies.
Now the number one problem I have with smoothies is that sometimes it can be a sugar overload and my hunger pangs show up within a couple hours. Okay, I wont lie, in reality I am searching for snacks within the hour.
To solve this problem I decided to add more of the healthy things to keep you full longer - protein and fiber. I used 1 scoop Vega Berry flavored Protein Powder, it's vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. I used a 1/4 teaspoon of organic inulin a prebiotic natural fiber extracted from chicory root, and a tablespoon of chia seed in each pouch. The variety of fruits I had were blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, banana and apple. I used a handful kale and a handful of spinach in each pouch as well. I labeled each pouch and stuck it in the freezer to use when I was ready.
Then I'd pull the pouch out in the morning add 1 cup of almond milk and some times 1/2 cup of almond milk yogurt. It filled a pretty big cup but I stayed full till my next feeding time. So I call this meal prep a tasty success.
Have a happy week!
Carrie - LettuceBeDifferent