Does any of this self-talk sound familiar to you? ...
"I'm not a good cook...
"I don't to cook...
"I don't have time to cook every day...
"I don't have any good recipes...
"...so eating healthy is just too hard!"
We hear this kind of thing often from women and we know that when you feel this way, it truly can create a mental block to eating healthier.
And, we get it! Not everyone is connected to what Jill calls your 'Inner Chef Diva' and maybe you don't even want to be and that's okay.
The challenge though is that it's pretty hard to look and feel your best if you aren't taking charge of what you eat at least 80% of the time.
Which is why we want to offer you up some simple 'no-recipe, minimal time, minimal cooking' Euro Meal ideas for the summer.
Chef Jackie coined this term years ago when she and Angelle were working together and wanted to give women easy meal ideas. She was thinking about how often people in Europe just pull together meals from different grab-n-go foods.
While we'd rather you sit-n-eat than grab-n-go, we also want to make sure you know that eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated or take a lot of time. The Euro Meal is something Angelle actually turns to quite often to make life easier for herself and it's allowed her to let go of any guilt that she 'should' be cooking more.
Plus, she's taught her three busy teens how to follow this basic 'recipe' so that they understand how to eat healthier even if they don't want to spend much time in the kitchen (win win!).
The 'recipe' for a Euro Meal is based on what Angelle calls the BUMP & BALANCE. First, you want to BUMP up the quality of the food as much as you can based on what you can find and afford. Think fresh, real, organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, locally grown, farmers markets and food co-ops, etc.
Food is a lot of things, but at the end of the day, it gives your cells information and you want to give your body the best info possible as often as possible.
The second part is BALANCE. You want to balance out your meals with Powerful Protein + Friendly Fat + Colorful Carbs. When you pay attention to balance, you have a better chance of keeping your blood sugar and insulin response lower and this is a good thing for your overall health. Think a moderate amount of protein, a good amount of Friendly Fat and lots of Colorful Carbs for fiber and plant-based nutrients.
To get started with some ideas for a deliciously simple (or simply delicious) Euro Lunch or Dinner'recipe' that you can download and save/print, CLICK HERE.
You can also quickly pull together a Euro Breakfast in the same way. Here are a few breakfast ideas:
soft-boiled eggs (Powerful Protein/Friendly Fat) with organic apples (Colorful Carbs) and raw almond butter (Friendly Fat)
organic turkey or beef sausage links (Powerful Protein) with guacamole (Friendly Fat) and organic strawberries (Colorful Carbs)
organic chicken sausage patties (Powerful Protein) with sweet potato fries cooked in coconut oil or ghee (Colorful Carbs + Friendly Fat)
And, our organic turkey and sausage patties can be from your local farmer or from the store. A few store-bought brands we use include Organic Valley, Applegate Farms and Sugarhouse Maple.
Pulling together a Euro Meal is as easy as asking yourself these three questions:
Where's the Powerful Protein? (about a palm's worth)
Where's the Colorful Carbs? (about a handful or more and bonus points for a few different colors)
Where's the Friendly Fat? (everyone's unique, but play around with adding more and more, even up to about a palm's worth, because Friendly Fat will help you feel satisfied longer and help you lose weight if that's a goal! - think avocados, guacamole, coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, raw nuts/seed and their 'butters', pasture-raised eggs, meats and poultry)
Nourishing yourself (and your family) well doesn't have to be complex or overwhelming and you don't have to spend hours-on-end in the kitchen -- unless you want to of course!
AND, before we go, we want to offer you a very special deal on Chef Jackie's 12-week Summer Menu Plan. It includes:
12-weekly (M-F) menu plans that you have access to as soon as you make your purchase! The plans include M-F dinners with suggestions for lunch the next day using the delicious 'seconds please!' as Chef Jackie says. You also have breakfast and smoothie recipes!
160+ recipes that are free from gluten, grains, corn, refined sugars, soy, peanuts, legumes and dairy (optional in some recipes
Amazing charts from Chef Jackie including: Basic Shopping List; Colorful Carbs in Season; Food Storage Guide; Greens Glossary; Ingredient Substitution Guide; Planning, Prep, Shopping Made Simple
This program is designed to make your life easier when it comes to eating and feeding your family well.
You can CLICK HERE for ALL the details including a list of all the recipes included and FAQs and to purchase the 12-Week Plan!
Here's to a deliciously nourishing summer!