With swimsuit season fast approaching and the last few pounds of baby weight persistently lingering, I figure now’s the time to get serious about eating healthy. I wish I could be one of those die-hard dieters that survives off of water and cayenne pepper, but this girl’s gotta eat. I find that just aiming to get five fruits or veggies a day helps me feel energized while curbing the caloric cravings. Here’s how I get my five a day and stave off a grumbly tummy.
Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens: For busy mamas, do yourself a favor and stock your fridge with Evolution Fresh’s cold-pressed juices. I just don’t have time for juicing a pound of kale before I get out the door in the morning, not to mention washing the blender’s unending supply of attachments. The sweet greens and ginger is one of my favorites to start the day and has a heaping helping of celery, apple, and kale.
PB & B Toast: The best time to stock up on protein and carbs is right after my morning hike when my body is still burning calories. The combo of whole grain toast, freshly sliced bananas, and protein-packed peanut butter leaves me feeling full and ready to tackle the day. Just sprinkle with a dash of sea salt and devour. So yummy.
Hummus and Cucumbers: Homemade hummus is so simple to whip up – if you haven’t already been making yours from scratch, you have to start! Skip the extra carbs that come with pita bread and serve with cucumber slices instead. This is a great make-ahead recipe to have on hand for an easy lunch or snack.
2 15-ounce cans chick peas (also called garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic
3 limes, juiced
1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 jalapeños (seeds removed, depending on how spicy you like)
salt, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until it reaches a paste consistency. Season with salt to taste. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight before serving.
Broiled Grapefruit and Brown Sugar: This sweet snack is as sweet and satisfying as it is guilt-free. Simply top a grapefruit half with brown sugar and pop in a toaster oven set to broil for a few minutes, then devour.
Teriyaki Kabobs: I cheat on this one and toss store-brand (I like Trader Joe’s) teriyaki marinade with cubes of organic chicken breast for a few hours until we’re ready to strike up the grill. Pair with pineapple, bell pepper, and red onion for a dinner that is ready in minutes! I do this all the time when we have friends over, because it’s so simple and can easily feed a crowd.
Organic Strawberry Lemonade Pops: My sweet tooth demands I finish the day with dessert, and the Evolution Fresh Organic Strawberry Lemonade makes the best homemade popsicles. Just pour in popsicle molds (I picked these up at Ikea) and freeze the night before. So yummy and no artificial flavors or preservatives that you’d get with store-bought popsicles!
It can be tough to juggle motherhood, a business, and a healthy lifestyle, but these are my shortcuts to eating and feeling my best. How do you get your 5 a day? Hashtag your healthy eats with #emmamagazine; we’d love to share!
Photography by Rachel Solomon