Life is busy, and it is SO easy to stop and grab fast food. Yesterday I took both girls to school, went for a run, cleaned the house and did laundry, picked up #1. Home for snacks before running to ballet/tap class, grocery store, and back home. Pick up #2, home for snack, then off to soccer practice before coming home to make dinner. Sigh. I am tired just typing this all out! If I didn't have some healthy foods prepped and ready to go in the fridge, I am sure I would have ended up hitting a drive through and making a bad decision. Of course, fast food isn't all bad, and nothing is bad in moderation, however, I usually cave in when I am over tired, starving, or both, and it is then that I am seemingly incapable of making a good decision.
So, the solution is to have healthy foods prepped and ready to go, so that even on those tough days, you can eat healthy with minimal work! One of my favorite "fast food" chains is Chipotle, and that of course isn't even that bad when compared to some others. But, the serving sizes and the options can still lead to a super high calorie meal, so here is something I prep for easy, relish, meals! When I am really watching what I eat (Hello bathing suit season!), this is the perfect solution.
I found this recipe on line for Chipotle style black beans, and it is awesome. I regularly eat black beans without any seasoning, so it felt like a real treat!
I prefer to use organic, low sodium black beans from Trader Joe's, but you can use any variety. Once the beans were ready, I started my bowl! Some brown rice -
Some delish copycat black beans -
Some mixed greens, salsa, tomatoes, and a bit of shredded cheese! Feel free to add some avocado if you have some on hand as well.
And, there you have it, a healthier, portion controlled, tasty meal that doesn't make me feel like I am depriving myself!
Any healthy recipes you adore? Share in the comments!