Easy Ways to Eat Whole Foods

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Alice Waters, the founder of Chez Panisse, has been famously quoted as saying, "I think health is the outcome of eating well." A diet rich in fresh, whole foods is a key element of any healthy lifestyle.  Incorporating this into your daily life, however, can be easier said than done.  It is especially difficult if you have a busy schedule and need a quick and easy meal at the end of the day.  Here are some great tips we have discovered that will easily fit into your daily routine and will help you add more fresh, healthy food into your everyday food choices.

Make a Smoothie Everyday

Smoothies are a quick, easy way to add whole fruits and vegetables to your diet.  The best part is that there is no wrong way to make a smoothie and there are so many different combinations to try that you will never get tired of drinking them.  Typically, a smoothie consists of two or three different vegetables or fruits and a protein, such as yogurt or almond milk.  If you want a thicker texture, consider using frozen bananas.  Make sure to keep your freezer stocked with smoothie ingredients so you can grab, blend and go on those busy mornings.  Want to boost your smoothie with extra nourishment?  Consider adding micro greens or chia seeds because they are packed with nutrients.  Here are some great smoothie recipes to try:  Banana Breakfast Smoothie, Blueberry and Spinach Smoothie, Perfect Green Smoothie

Keep Prepped Vegetables on Hand

Keeping vegetables prepped and convenient to grab as any other processed snack is a great way to change your snacking habits.  Store the pre-washed and cut vegetables in a clear container at eye level in the refrigerator so they are in your line of sight.  We encourage you to venture outside of the normal carrots and celery sticks and try snacking on items like cauliflower florets, daikon, snap peas or green beans.  Choose local produce from an organic farm so you can really taste the fresh flavor and texture when you are snacking on these ingredients. Here are some great ideas to get you started:  21 Snacks For Easy Meal PrepHealthy Baked Broccoli Tots6 Snacks In A Jar That Will Become Your New Obsession

Plan Ahead and Meal Prep

Planning ahead and meal prepping on a slow Sunday afternoon so you are ready for that busy Tuesday night when you are out of time and ambition will help you make healthy food decisions.  The best way to approach meal prepping is to try to plan 2 to 3 week night meals.  Try roasting a batch of vegetables or a whole chicken before the week starts so you have one part of the meal already prepared.  Consider making a casserole ahead of time so all you have to do is slide it into the oven.  Here are some more great meal prepping ideas to help inspire you:  One Pan Healthy Chicken and Veggies Meal PrepSpicy Chicken Sweet Potato Meal Prep Magic BowlsEssentials Power Bowl w/ Tahini Lime Drizzle

Use More Vegetables on Your Sandwiches

Who doesn't love a delicious sandwich, stacked high with your favorite condiments and toppings?  Try to use at least 3 or 4 different vegetables on your sandwich to help add whole ingredients to your lunch or dinner.  Some ingredients that you may want to consider that are not on your typical turkey sandwich or cheeseburger are pickled beets, steamed asparagus, or thinly sliced radishes.  Try different combinations of greens such as arugula and spinach or brassica salad mix and lacinato kale.  There is so much flavor in these ingredients, especially if you purchase fresh, organic ingredients from a local farm, that it will only enhance the taste of the sandwich.  Check out these sandwich ideas for more inspiration:  Rainbow Vegetable SandwichRoasted Vegetable Sandwich with Avocado-Basil Aioli, Greek Vegetable Sandwich

Use Your Crock Pot

A crock pot can be a busy person's best friend and is the perfect way to keep you from pulling into the drive-thru on the way home.   Slow-roasting your favorite local, pasture-raised protein on top of fresh, whole vegetables will taste like you have been in the kitchen all day cooking.  It can also be used to make homemade, mineral-rich bone broths and stocks and rich, hearty stews that you can take with you when you are on the go.  The best part is that the smell of delicious flavors will greet you when you walk in the door and all you have to do is plate and enjoy.  Check out some of these delicious crock pot recipes:  Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla SoupThe Best Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes

Keep it Simple

When you are using fresh, quality ingredients, the best idea is to keep the recipe simple and only use healthy fats and seasoning to elevate the flavor.  There is no need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal because of a complicated recipe.  Focus on enhancing the flavor with minimal ingredients.  This will save time and also keep you from becoming frustrated or overwhelmed.  If you are unsure of where to find flavorful ingredients, consider signing up for a local community supported agriculture (CSA) program or visit a nearby farmer's market.  Seasonal varieties that are harvested at their peak by local farms will introduce fresh flavor into your meals.  Here are some simple recipes to try:  Quinoa and Kale Protein SaladHealthy stuffed sweet potato recipes, Teriyaki Cauliflower Rice Bowls

If you would like information about how you can sign up for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and receive fresh, high-quality produce harvested from our certified-organic farm each week, please click here for more information.