You know you have to study. Your schedule is crammed tight, but you also want to enjoy life. How can you make this work? No worries! There’s a way: knowing how to prepare easy, quick meals so being hungry won’t interfere with learning.
The Right Stuff
Do you realize that you’ve been groomed by big corporations to get addicted to junk food? Each time you buy some, you put money in their pockets. They add artificial colors and flavors to make the food attractive, they add cheap fillers for volume, and they add preservatives so the plastic-encased food will last for months. Even years. But there’s a catch: it’s not good for you. Are you tired a lot? No need to wonder why.
On the other hand, fresh, natural unprocessed foods (like an Amish Pie Basket) provide you with nutrients to boost your immune system, repair worn tissues, inject you with energy, ease you into a restful sleep, and sharpen your mind. More about mind sharpening in a moment. Unprocessed foods are also easier to digest, so your bowels work more efficiently.
when you start eating every color every day (every natural color), you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Green is especially good for you. When you make every bite count, your life will change, especially when the meal prep is quick!
Quick Prep Tips
- Save wide-mouthed glass jars or collect food containers from the thrift shop.
- Keep your freezer cleaned out to make room for meal portions that can be frozen. Label the portions with the date and contents.
- Buy big, cook big, divide small, then refrigerate or freeze.
- Keep basic ingredients on hand to mix and match as you like: Each meal should contain a variety of vegetables (especially leafy greens) for vitamins, whole grains (oats, whole wheat, barley; instead of white, choose Brown for BM) for energy and fiber, protein (fish, poultry, organ meats, beans, and nuts; avoid processed meats) for tissue repair, fruits for vitamins and energy, good oils (heart-healthy olive, flaxseed, and avocado), and water (without sugar or added chemicals).
Feed Your Brain
A balanced diet is the key to a well-functioning brain. Research shows that certain foods are especially helpful:
- Dark leafy greens
- Salmon and other fatty fish; vegan substitutes include chia seeds, seaweeds, and flaxseed products
- Whole grains such as oats and quinoa
- Dark chocolate
Don’t Get Yourself in Hot Water
Your brain is 80% water, so you must stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day, beginning when you first wake up. Enjoy herbal teas. Sugary drinks and beer don’t count. Eat juicy foods like celery and watermelon.
- Use the template: Fix each meal with portions of veggies, whole grains, proteins, and fruits.
- Prepare in advance: Using clear containers or small bags, store servings of food in the fridge as well as in the freezer.
- Sectioned plates: Prepare microwavable plates with pre-made food and stack them in the freezer, so something satisfying is always there for you to grab.
- Temperature control: Get a portable thermos and an insulated lunch bag to carry with you. You won’t be tempted to buy junk food.
- Nibblers: Keep nutrient-dense snacks around for sudden cravings. Good choices include dry-roasted unsalted mixed nuts, organic nutrition bars (recipes abound on the internet), and fresh or dried fruits and veggies.
- Make it a date: Invite friends over to prepare food. Together you can create trail mixes, nutrition bars, jerky, muffins, stews, and casseroles to share.
- A good place: At luxury apartments like The Station Chester, VA, the environment is clean, safe, and peaceful, designed to help you be the best you can be.
People use food as recreation, but its primary purpose is to keep you feeling energized and ready for anything. Using the basic recipe template will prepare you with the right fuel so you can fly!