23 No-Cooking-Required Healthy Food Ideas. (Because I know you’re busy.)December 21, 2011
Last week a friend held a Christmas party for all us moms and babies. Holy moly did she put out a spread – probably 15 different hor d’oeuvres and desserts! She had 2 Christmas trees up and decorated, her baby in a holiday onesie, and Christmas stockings filled with gifts for not just the babies but for all us moms, too. Including homemade soap.
It was so sweet, and we had a lot of fun.
But I suspect my lovely friend is not the only among us who is doing, doing, doing this holiday season! (And not sleeping much.)
So, I have to ask.
Is there a way to bring some simplicity in your holidays? Are there some things you don’t have to do? Tasks you could cross off the to-do list? Ideals you can let go of? Emotions you can release? (Oooh I snuck that last one in there. But yeah, the holiday season can bring up a lot of emotions that one might try and subdue with a plate full of brie.)
A lot of people let go of eating healthy food during the holidays.
That’s not the kind of letting go I’m really encouraging. A few straight weeks of eating anything and anything does not pay off in the long run, trust me.
But what if you could eat healthy without cooking a darn thing? Because I know you’re busy. I’m talking about the snack you have before a holiday party. The dinner you grab before heading out for last minute shopping. I know we all will eat some special holiday goodies – and we should! – but you don’t have to make every meal an indulgence.
Here are some quick, no-cook ideas.
- Dried fruit and nuts
- Hard boiled eggs
- Banana, apple or pear with natural peanut butter
- Canned Alaskan salmon with olive oil on whole grain crackers
- Avocado slices
- Takeout brown rice sushi
- Trader Joe’s Indian Fare
- Canned black beans (just rinse and drain) with salsa
- Cucumber and celery slices
- Rotisserie chicken from supermarket
- Carrot sticks with hummus
- Plain, organic yogurt
- Frozen broccoli or green beans (thawed) with salad dressing
- Massaged kale salad (Yup, just slice thin and massage with your hands for 2 minutes with olive oil and vinegar.)
- A baked potato from Wendy’s
- Oatmeal from Starbucks
- Canned tuna and olives
- Uncle Sam’s or Ezekiel 4:9 cold cereal
- Canned chickpeas (just drain and rinse) with garam masala and salt
- Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack
There. That should hold you over until you have a few minutes too cook again. Happy Holidays, everybody!