For those of you who are looking for easy, healthy meal ideas, here are a few tips and recipes
EAT YOUR GREENS!!!
-Almost all greens are good chopped and sauteed. Kale and chard are best de-stemmed. Broccoli stems are delicious-- don't throw them out! Beet greens and turnip greens are delicious and highly nutritious-- de-stem them, too. Dandelion greens, purslane, and just about every dark green veggie there is boast a host of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
I've not tried them, but here's an interesting article on carrot greens: http://nedraggett.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/what-to-do-with-carrot-tops-aka-carrot-greens/
As a general rule, the easiest thing you can do with any green is chop them into bite-sized pieces (and de-stem as necessary) and sautee them in a healthy cooking oil (like grapeseed oil) till they're a bit wilted with garlic and a little bit of salt and pepper. You can always experiment by adding other veggies to the mix and throwing in a lean protein like sprouted tofu or whatever protein works for you.
Tonight, I mixed up an easy peanut sauce-- about a cup of peanut butter, about a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a few dashes of tamari sauce, a few spoons of erythritol, and some Siracha sauce (Siracha sauce makes everything better, IMHO)-- mixed it all together in a pot over a flame using my immersion blender and it was done in less than 5 minutes. I mixed in a bag of kelp noodles and poured it all over some lightly sauteed spinach with scallions. It was delicious, highly nutritious, and really fast to make.
A lot of people I know don't eat breakfast in the morning, and as a result resort to junk food at work to compensate. If you're a victim of this, try making a shake for breakfast! Here are some great, healthy, WHOLE-FOOD shake recipes that beat the @#$% out of Jamba Juice:
Use these ideas to come up with your own. Make sure there is:
-A protein source (such as raw nuts or nut butter, or you can add a healthy, whole-foods based protein powder [I like SunWarrior's chocolate rice protein, as an example]) Avocados make for a great, creamy texture and add healthy fats.
-WHOLE foods, not just the juice. Throw in some berries (frozen or not). Try adding some salad mix or other greens to your shakes!
-Sweeteners: I try not to add much in the way of sugars to shakes. You can try soaked dates, stevia, or erythritol and see if you like it.
-Add-ins: cocoa powder, vanilla, maca, cinnamon/other spices make great add-ins!