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How do you stick to a diet that calls for fresh whole foods, and
what on earth do you grab on the run when you’re tired and hungry? Sarah Jefferies offers some ideas for easy meals on the run.
Of course you intend to eat freshly made dinners every night but sadly, the life of a busy working mother who wants to be asleep by 7pm doesn’t always allow for this! So just how do you stick to a diet that calls for fresh whole foods, and what on earth do you grab on the run when you’re tired and hungry?
I have found a few goodies I’m going to share with you.
Pizza! Not just any old kind, but Hell's Pizza. They do a great pizza that has a gluten-free base with a vegan topping (no cheese, people!). The good thing is that you can get a snack size for yourself and get the rest of the family another flavour. It is seriously tasty; I pretty much chuck on everything I possibly can out of their ingredients list that I’m able to eat.
A burger from Burgerfuel. They have a gluten-free bun option along with a tasty vegan pattie (in my opinion, tastier than meat) along with salad and avocado. Delicious! For all you newbies to the whole gluten-free thing—I’d suggest you get them to toast your bun really well, as gluten-free buns have quite a different texture from the usual white wheat bread.
Needing some winter warmth? Grab a packet of Naked Organics soup found in most supermarkets in the cold food section. This feeds two people. My own favourite flavours are pumpkin and Indian chickpea. Both of these flavours are dairy, sugar and gluten-free. This is great soup to quickly heat, chuck some fresh herbs on top and enjoy, without the work of making it!
A sweet treat? Suju soup and juice bar (37 Chancery Street, Auckland) sells, in little take-away containers, the chocolate mousse I gave you the recipe for in my last blog. But they also sell a range of take-away raw meals that are also really delicious. Along with a whole heap of other tempting treats!
And lastly, I have been seriously analysing the takeaways we all have easy access to, and I have decided that good old Kiwi fish n’ chips wins hands-down for being unprocessed and unrefined. If you compare them with joints such as Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald's, you’ll see they don’t contain anywhere near the same additives, preservatives and processing that these establishments seem unable to get by without. Most fish n’ chip shops now are also using better, less saturated vegetable oil, so ask your local what they use. As a general rule, classic thick-cut chips are preferable to skinny fast food fries, as their smaller surface area means less oil is absorbed. Pick the batter off the fish (to avoid eating gluten), add a fresh green salad and I think you have yourself a very tasty quick meal!
Don’t let yourself get so starved you grab at food that doesn’t do your body any favours! Carry around easy snacks like fruit, cut-up veggies, or a bag of sesame corn thins, which are cheap and can be found in with the crackers section at the supermarket or a pot of hummus (my favourite is the Naked Organics butternut pumpkin with seeds).
So join me as I literally eat all day. Happy eating everyone!