First of all, thank you so much for all of your kind comments, emails, and support on Monday’s triathlon training recap. It’s very comforting to hear that some of you have dealt with the same motivational highs and lows, whether in triathlon, other sports, or life in general.
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s also new recipe time! Lately I’ve been making giant salads of all sorts for lunch and dinner (my favourite in the warm months!), and posting some of my creations on Instagram. This seems to have spurred a lot of questions about how I find the time and patience to put together these creations, especially after a long day at work. Some of you who follow me on Instagram said that when you get home, you need fast, easy, and simple, but quite often that does not equal healthy.
Today I figured I’d let you in on my little salad prep secret. The truth is, I don’t actually prepare my salads after work.
You see, morning is when I’m in my prime. Often my greatest revelations, ideas and inspiration for new projects and goals come to me within the hours of 4am when I start my workouts and 8:30am when I’m walking to work. By contrast, after work, I’m the type that likes to go home and have a very low-key night. So rather than getting a couple of extra hours of sleep in the morning (because really, if I wanted to I could train between 5:30 and 7:30, and still make it to work on time), I choose to give myself plenty of extra time. Once those ideas come flowing, it’s difficult to stop them!
As I mentioned on Monday, my training usually happens between 4 and 6:30am. That leaves 2 hours before I walk to work, some of which is used to shower, make a delicious breakfast (smoothies and omelettes are my usual choices), read some blogs, do some blog work of my own, and catch up on personal emails. It also leaves time for a bit of meal prep, so I often chop up all my dinner ingredients and arrange them nicely in a big bowl. This way, when I get home the only work I need to do is grab the bowl out of the fridge, a fork out of the drawer, and voila – dinner is served!
Am I saying that everyone should get up at 4am to make this happen? Absolutely not! However, if you have an extra 10-15 minutes, that’s really all it takes to set yourself up for a healthier dinner later in the day when your willpower might not be as strong.
This Super Southwestern Bowl is what I like to call an un-recipe because really, there’s not a whole lot to it other than chopping up a selection of ingredients that happen to go well together and arranging them so that they look pretty. Speaking of which, that’s another trick I’ve come to learn when it comes to eating clean consistently. You’ve likely heard this before, but if you take the time to make your food look good, it just somehow magically tastes better – well, it does for me anyway. Anyone else feel the same? Not sure? In that case, give this (un)recipe a try and let me know!
The Super Southwestern Bowl
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 2 cups lettuce (green leaf or romaine work best)
- 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
- 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup mixed chopped bell peppers
- 1/3 cup yellow corn (rinsed well if canned)
- 1/3 cup cooked black beans (rinsed well if canned)
- 1/4 avocado, sliced thinly
- 2 tbsp salsa
- cilantro, to garnish
- lime wedges (for squeezing over salad)
Arrange the lettuce in the bottom of your favourite monster salad bowl.
Line one side of the bowl with cucumber slices near the edge, then arrange the tomato, corn, beans, peppers and avocado in the space that remains.
Top with salsa and cilantro if using.
Squeeze lime juice over the salad and enjoy!
So tell me:
- What’s one of your current favourite ‘un-recipes’?
- What’s your willpower like after work? Do you have any tips or tricks for making sure your weeknight dinners are healthy ones?
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