Pretty Impractical: The Internet’s Dressed up Food & A 6 min Meal Idea.

Pretty Impractical: The Internet’s Dressed up Food & A 6 min Meal Idea.

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest looking at healthy food posts for hours looking for inspiration?…. Just me?

Ok but do you find yourself looking at food ideas and skipping past ones that look super fancy, like a lot of work, or just not practical?

I know that sometimes I feel like recipe ideas or food posts are made specifically for people who already know a lot about food and how to cook, or assume you have all the time in the world to make dishes so healthy and look so delicious. What about people whoes culinary expertise ends at boiling pasta? Or people who just want ideas for how to incorporate healthy to their plates that’s not boring, but also not an hours worth of hanging out in the kitchen?

To that I want to say. Don’t be fooled by dressed up food, sometimes what you see is just a simple meal in fancy clothes. Pretty does not mean impractical! (OK sometimes it does…)

For example, grain bowls… buddha bowls… whatever you might call them (I call them lots’a’stuff bowls… because usually I can’t remember what they’re called…), are really big right now. They aaalllwwaaayysss look so fancy and intricate, when really, they’re a great easy way to get a lot of nutrients into a meal (and can also make for easy meal prep if you wanted to get all the components ready ahead of time to store in your fridge).

From beginning to time-to-take-a-photo, this took me 6 minutes (I DID have my quinoa already cooked, when I had batch cooked some a couple days prior, so just a baby cheat).

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So first I gathered my goodies from the fridge. Here I grabbed my pre-cooked quinoa, my mushrooms, my already opened/drained and rinsed can of black beans (OK one more tiny baby cheat), avocado, and my tomato. Throughout my throwing together I also wrangled up my green onions, olive oil (extra virgin), vinegar (white wine), black sesame seeds and salt & pepper!

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I cut up just a bit of bits of everything, threw them into my bowl with the quinoa at its base, drizzled some olive oil and white wine vinegar on it all and sprinkled with salt & pepper!

Then I cleaned. No joke this was part of my time. Although, having said that, it was mostly just putting things back into cupboards, back into their baggies into the fridge and throwing… or gently placing… the dirty dishes into the sink. All of which took maybe a minute or two.

AAAANNNDDD THHEEENNN after my 6 minutes was up, it was time to get this bowl of goodies into better lighting on a fancy board on top of another board with more food and accessories around it. This took as long as it took me to make it. Followed by editing, which took about half as long. … You can of course just go ahead and skip these steps…

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The point is, as long as you know how to chop veggies, drizzle, sprinkle and boil, you can make a basic grain bowl. They can be as easy or as extra as you yourself decide. No matter how fancy you might see one made online I guarantee it took as long or longer to stage, shoot, edit and post about the photo than it did to make the food. The same can be said for many many many things.

Delicious healthy food can absolutely, to varying degrees, be fast and simple to incorporate into your day.

Don’t let food with its gown and jewels on, discourage you from trying it, underneath the filters and garnish its still just “avocado on a rice cake”.

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Your Body Doesn’t Want Calories : and Other Non-sense Ideas

Your Body Doesn’t Want Calories : and Other Non-sense Ideas

Fitness motivation.

Healthy lifestyle quotes.

Nutrition advice.

Via meme.

I don’t mind it at all actually. In an age where scrolling quickly past hundreds and hundreds of photos is in, and interest in reading long winded blog posts is dwindling (that was painful to type), creating a quick meme to get a point across in a way others will soak it in is nice! The problem is that soooo many of them make me shake my head. Every. Single. Time I see them…. and I’m no saint, even I have used some silly ones before. How I personally feel about things is aalllwaaays important though, so I’m going to go ahead and share them (my thoughts I mean) with you, in sort of a de-bunking style post today!

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Lets start with this guy. I have actually talked about this one briefly before (for different reasons) in my How to Insure Failure post, and that is the whole idea of “Go Big or Go Home!”

I’m not even sure I reeaally need to explain why this one is so silly. Probably the silly-est, and though I may be fond of silliness (Friends reference anyone?), this one has my eyes rolling in full force when I see it STILL floating around.

Where did this feeling that we all need to be fitness models or body builders right out the gate come from? Why do we feel like we MUST BE EXTREME or there is just no point? Can I tell you honestly, I can not even count the amount of times when I have talked myself out of a workout because I felt like I couldn’t commit to an “insane” one. at. that. moment. (you know? “Train insane, or remain the same.”?)

How many times could I have still got a small 10-15 minute workout in, if I hadn’t let myself believe that there was no point in an only 10-15 minute workout?

This is exactly what causes the “Might as well just not do it” attitude.

IMO.

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Alright now this ones an oldy… Ok the last one has been around for a while too, but I remember seeing this one back when I first started my own health journey, and I think I had even shared it then as well!

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No wonder so many fail, or don’t even bother trying, if we are spreading the word that good food should be slow, expensive and hard.

The reality is that healthy can be all of those things! “Fake” being the least of them, I’ll give it that. Healthy can certainly be easy, cheap and fast, and to assume other wise could be exactly why some struggle with incorporating healthy choices to their diet.

How easy is it to cut up some veggies to snack on, or slice (or peel even) an orange? How cheap is a bundle of bananas, a bit of celery, bag of rice, can of beans or a sack of potatoes? How fast is it to grab an apple, a handful of trail mix or granola, or *gasp* all three, when you’re in a rush to run out the door?

Obviously these are just SOME examples, but the point is, you just go ahead and be fast cheap and easy baby, go for it.

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Alright these next two are ones where I SEE the point they are trying to make, yet still something about them makes me say “Oh man” every time I scroll past one. The first one being this guy!

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I get it. Our bodies want real nutrients not empty calories, like a chocolate bar or… unfortunately for me… a whole entire bag of potato chips…………. what?

But to say that your body doesn’t want calories?

Yes. Yes it does. Please feed your body calories. Calories = Energy.

It sure would appreciate nutrients ALONG with those calories but do not be fooled. If you are starving do not just eat a handful of cucumbers and tell yourself that’s enough. Feeeeed yourself.

A vitamin water, for example, is *cough* “full” of nutrients in the form of vitamins (and sometimes minerals), it also is devoid of calories. So by the standards of this here quote, it should be just what your body is asking for! But it is not. You will most definitely, and understandably, still be hungry.

I’m gonna need you to go ahead and squuueeeeze the word “empty” between “not” and “calories”, that’d be great (Office Space reference anyone?).

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AND LASTLY.

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Ok so this one is suuuper nit-picky, I know, but every time I see it, it just makes me think. So I wanted to share my thoughts. I told you, my thoughts are important.

Food is for fuel, yes… And for health…

And for fun. And for relaxing. And for enjoyment. Food makes memories, and brings culture and creates moods. Food is life and love and pleasure.

We feed ourselves to live, for our bodies to thrive, to be healthy, to invest in our future health… but it also creates joy in this life we work so hard to be healthy in.

So learn to eat healthy. Learn to nourish your body with nutrient dense CALORIES. Learn to make good food choices. Learn how good food can be indulgent food as well as healthful. Learn that eating well doesn’t mean starving yourself or eating blandly or strictly.

Eat for your body, for your health AND for your soul.