howtobeawife: I’ve been primarily grain free for a few years. I’m not a picky eater, but if you are trying it for legit health reasons, I’d give it a go even though you may find yourself to be a bit limited at first. I would make this my game plan:
– home made soup (you can pre-make big batches to have ready in the fridge/freezer. Package them in quart mason jars so they are ready to grab and go)
– A green smoothie (frozen strawberries, banana, spinach, water) and a lara bar
– A big salad that includes protien (hardboild egg, roasted chicken, tuna) and a mix of veggies/fruit/seeds/etc.
– For snacks bring veggies and hummus (carrots, cucumber, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes), apples, pears, berries, etc.
– Left overs from dinner
– Meat or fish plus a big side of veggies, roasted or sauted.
– Spaghetti squash with sauce. THis is one of my personal fav go-to meals.
– A slow cooker stew. My fav easy slow cooker stew is to combine onions, carrots, and peppers, then top with chicken breast and pour over one can of salsa and one of tomato sauce. Surprisingly tasty.
General short cut ideas:
– slow cooker! Make big family style batches 1x per week and package in individual sized tupperware. Put in fridge/freezer and grab and go. In general, batch cook and save for later.
– Buy fully roasted chcikens from teh grocery store.
– Meal salads are your friend.
– Challenge yourself to try some of the foods you don’t like. Maybe your palate will change when you change your eating habbits? It’s kind of sucky to be an adult who’s a picky eater just because you don’t like the taste of something, especially if you are going to layer in the complexity of health related food avoidances.
– Most restaurants are easy. Either choose a meal size salad or a meat/fish entre and ask for only veggies on the side.
– Up your fat intake. When you reduce grains you will probably reduce your carb intake (unless you start eating a lot of sugar – don’t do that!). You need to allow yourself to up your fat intake to accommodaet and give you energy.