Even if you are not tuning into the “back to school” vibe in September because you have kids going off to school this month, there is something about the fall that kicks in the back to school feeling we all grew up with.
And “back to school” to me means having healthy foods to eat first thing in the morning, packing snacks to eat on the go and having food ready to eat when you get home from a long day.
Here are a few tips to help you ease the transition.
Let me know how it goes. And if you have any suggestions to add please write them in the comments below.
In health and service~
BACK TO SCHOOL PLANS FOR HEALTHY FOODS AND SNACKS
When you skip a meal you run the risk of low blood sugar. Why is this important? Here’s why. Many people don’t link the connection between their moods and if they have eaten or not. That means the stressful moment at work, running late, your kid arguing with you once again because they don’t want to clean up can set you off. Being prepared with food and eating regular meals helps you stay one step ahead.
How to get prepared?
Invest in supplies: I find that people buy “gear” to support their hobbies or physical activities. Buying the “right gear” to support “on the go eating” will make the entire experience much more enjoyable.
Buy a “lunch box”– No one wants to eat food that has been smushed at the bottom of their backpack. I know its something extra to carry but you will feel grateful when you want something to eat and there it is fresh, yummy and still in one piece.
Buy a thermos– One of the biggest things I hear is “but I want something warm”. No problem, thermoses these days come in all shapes and sizes. You can put soup, rice, beans, greens, or even roasted veggies and have it be warm hours later.
Check out TO GO WARE: We actually sell it at The Yoga Tree. A former teacher at the yoga tree, Stephanie Bernstein, started this company with people like you in mind. http://www.to-goware.com/index.html
Grain salads: They are easy. You can make extra the night before. Grains usually last for about 3 days. Mix them with a variety of vegetables, nuts, or proteins. The ones that travel best are quinoa, wheat or spelt berries, long grain brown rice and barley. And another thing you can do with grains is wrap it up in nori with some delicious fixings inside. That’s right, make your own sushi.
Healthy sandwiches: Tempeh, tofu, hummus, babagounoush, bean spreads are great sandwich stuffers for vegetarians. And if you eat meat you can get a variety of antibiotic free, free range or organic meats. Better yet grass fed! Try organic turkey or bean spread rollups in tortillas or wrap it in a collard green with grated veggies. Use sprouted breads avocados, cheese and lots of veggies!
Eggs on the go: OK here’s my trick with eggs. Buy a ½ dozen, boil them to make them hard boiled eggs and put them back in the carton labeled hard boiled eggs. In a rush, no problem. Just grab an egg and eat it later. It’s great for a quick breakfast, snack or mash it up and make an egg sandwich.
Sunday cooking: Make that big batch of turkey or tempeh chili, homemade minestrone soup or any other bean or vegetable soup. Freeze it. The trick is to freeze it in pint size containers that way it’s the perfect “single” amount. You can pull it out before you go to bed to defrost, heat it up in the morning, throw it in your thermos and you know on a windy, foggy SF day you will be warmed up with your own healthy nourishing food. YUM!
Noodles: Cold noodle salads are great!
Salads: Get pre-washed organic mix green salad. Pre-toasted nuts or seeds. Buy a grater and you can grate that carrot, daikon, zucchini, beet or cabbage really fast! Add some pre-made tofu or chicken and toss it up. That’s a great lunch.
I think this list will keep you busy for awhile. If you need some more inspiration or instructions on how to make some of these recipes just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, let me know how it goes!
In health and service~
Darshana Weill, Food Freedom Mentor and Yoga Teacher has counseled over 900 women world wide to learn to feed their souls and nourish their bodies through individual sessions, group work, tele-classes, webinars and home-study programs. A guest teacher at the 2011 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco you can also find Darshana teaching LIVE between Sonoma and Santa Cruz CA or via tele-classes and webinars.
For a free copy of Darshana’s EBook 5 Keys to End Unwanted Cravings and Find Food Freedom or to find out more about Darshana’s FOOD FREEDOM Programs check out www.darshanaweill.com or www.findfoodfreedom.com
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