by Aimee Wojtowecz
Nutrition does not have to be complicated. Despite what the diet and exercise industry want you to believe, eating for health or whatever your goal may be does not have to be overwhelming or take a lot of time. My general rule of thumb when it comes to putting meals together is 5 ingredients or fewer. Seriously. It can be that simple. Here’s a sample day of what I eat as a nutrition coach working on performance based goals (getting STRONG!).
Eggs scrambled with cottage cheese, venison bacon, sauteed spinach and tomatoes (I added cheese and balsamic glaze for a little extra flavor which technically brings this meal to 7 ingredients). This was around 40 grams of protein and 3 servings of vegetables.
Bear Naked Fruit & Nut Steel Cut Oatmeal & Granola, Spinach/Mixed greens salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and not pictured a Fairlife Chocolate Protein Shake on the side. 5 ingredients if you count the vinegar and olive oil. About another 40 grams of protein and 3 servings of veggies.
Not pictured but I always have a pre/post-workout shake with 1 ½ scoops of protein powder and creatine, I drink ⅓ before my workout with an applesauce squeeze pouch and the rest after with another applesauce. This gives me another 35 grams of protein.
Sauteed veggies (1 cup each of kale, orange peppers, onion and yellow squash), ground beef, a bunch of seasonings. Around 30 grams of protein here and another 4 servings of vegetables.
As you can see these meals are very simple, each one taking no more than 10 minutes, usually closer to 5. I had plenty of protein, about 145 grams for the day, my meals still had lots of flavor, thank you Kinder seasonings (if you know you know) , and they keep me fueled for performance. Nutrition can be simple if you keep it that way.
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