I find healthy eating can be quite tricky when I'm busy. On days when I know my schedule is going to be seriously hectic I try to plan ahead and choose the most nutritious foods that can be whipped up quickly.
If I'm in a hurry, a green smoothie with some +Boost Me protein powder is my go-to. I blend spinach, kiwi, banana, chia seeds, +Boost Me and a splash of coconut water and drink it on the go. Sometimes I'll prepare Bircher muesli the night before with oats, grated apple, nuts, seeds and almond milk. I also take B vitamins first thing for an energy boost.
Grazing between meals keeps blood sugar steady, so I always have a healthy snack or two during the day. The Planet Organics almond butter and cacao chip bar tastes of cookie dough, but is packed with protein so it fills me up. I also love hummus with colourful vegetable crudites for added fibre and nutrients. If I'm feeling a bit drained in the afternoon I'll eat a small raw cacao bar, which contains magnesium to settle my mood and boost my serotonin levels. Hello happy feelings!
On chilly days I pack some home-made chunky vegetable soup with beans and lentils. This is full of fibre and vegetarian protein. It's good to eat more antioxidants when the seasons are changing, so I have a spinach salad on the side. Another great lunch option is quinoa topped with roast veggies. Sprinkle some nuts and seeds on top and finish with a drizzle of pesto.
These quick recipes take about half an hour to make – a godsend on busy days. The first is steamed salmon with pak choi, green beans, spinach and mushrooms. Oily fish is essential for brain health and has anti-aging properties too. I toss the ingredients together with some grated ginger and a drizzle of tamari sauce and wrap them in a parcel of baking parchment to cook. Another quick supper is frittata with peas, spinach, goats cheese and herbs. It's full of healthy fats and antioxidants.