Are you too busy to cook?
Unsure of what to make?
Are you confused about how to fuel yourself and your family?
In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand what to eat to fuel your body, maximize your health and live an active lifestyle - especially if your’e living with diabetes and are confused about what to eat in order to control your blood glucose with precision. Much more if you're in the thick of a busy season, part of a family, or celebrating the holidays!
But, it turns out that fresh fruits and vegetables are the quickest and healthiest option for those with a busy schedule.
The Ease of Fresh Produce
Imagine waking up and having to run out the door without any breakfast.
Your morning is miserable because you haven’t had an opportunity to provide your body with high-quality fuel, essential to power you through the day.
Now imagine waking up only 10 minutes earlier. You grab a few bananas, a few peaches, and a handful of berries. You’re out the door in minutes, but this time you’re fueled for the day, with more than enough energy to handle your busy schedule.
Here are a few reasons why fresh produce is a great choice for busy mornings:
The bottom line: fresh fruits and vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition, providing an abundance of micronutrients to support tissue function.
5 Delicious Recipes Your Taste Buds Will Love
Two of the recipes that were originally included in this article were deleted unexpectedly. To make up for it, we’ve replaced them with similar recipes from the Mastering Diabetes team, and added a bonus one!
Beyond eating fresh produce, here are 5 low-fat, plant-based, whole-food recipes that are sure to provide your taste buds with the party they desire, and give your brain and muscles the nutrition they deserve.
Layered Salad with Black Beans and Mango-Cucumber Salsa
Mangoes add a tropical flair to any morning. Throw the Mango Salsa and a can of black beans together and head out the door. This great breakfast option is guaranteed to keep you fueled for a busy day. It is also container friendly, and makes a great lunch option when used to top a bowl of quinoa. Use it to top a luscious bowl of greens for dinner.
This dish is requires some chopping, but it can be made a few days ahead and kept in the fridge. Throw it on top of quinoa or rice if you need more fuel super busy days. Use only ¼ of an avocado to reduce the total fat content, and serve immediately if you're in a rush.
Looking for a warm and satisfying dinner on a cold day? Look no further!! This Curry bowl will warm you from the inside with the warm flavors of curry, cumin, and turmeric.
Ridiculously Easy Curried Chickpeas and Quinoa
This is a fabulous recipe if you are looking for something quick and flavorful. Eat it warm or use it cold as a filling for lettuce wraps to make a healthy and nutrient dense meal option.
Butternut Buddha Bowl with Black Beans
This quick and easy meal option packs a flavorful punch fit for any occasion. Running out of quick recipes to prep out for your busy week ahead? Look no further. This recipe is full of flavor and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
This easy salad recipe features a flavorful farro, which is filling and nutrient-dense. This recipe lends itself to include any vegetables you may have in your fridge or pantry. To better absorb the flavors, cook the farro in water with lime juice, Mexican spice, and cilantro.
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