This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx – as always, all opinions are my own & honestly shared
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month!? Because I definitely had no idea until signing onto this partnership haha. But I’m excited to be doing so, as it encouraged me to think outside the box when it came to producing content that would best serve the audience taking the time to read my post here. If you’re one of those individuals, TYSM for your support & your curiosity when it comes to learning more about what a day of nutrition-filled meals can look like.
I’ll be the first to admit that cooking doesn’t give me a stress-release whatsoever. I find it more of an inconvenience like a nagging chore that I have to do everyday, despite it taking time out of my usual hectic workday schedule. But ya girls gotta eat! So I strive for simple, easy breakfast, lunch, & snack meals I can spend mere minutes preparing & consuming, which allows me to continue with the demands of my workload and subsequently, allows me to have the proper time to focus on the grand finale meal (dinner) at the conclusion of each day. Of course that means dinner is also an easily prepared meal to make – duh! I have Ozark & other Netflix shows to catch up on.
So here’s what one day of a nutrition-filled meal plan can look like for you, should you be interested in trying these out yourself.
Apple Honey / Banana Hazelnut Toast
I love my carbs, so pairing pieces of bread with a serving of fruit is something I’m always open to experimenting with. I often switch between two types of loaded toast (preferably Mike’s Killer 7-Grain Bread) – 1) layered slices of green apple & a light drizzle with honey; 2) layered slices of banana over Nutiva Hazelnut Spread.
Unlike its obvious competitor(s), this particular hazelnut spread has 40% less sugar and consists of vegan, non-GMO, more plant-based superfoods in its ingredients. It tastes just as creamy & delicious as a classic hazelnut spread should, without the excess of heart-pumping additives we don’t need first thing in the morning.
Goat Cheese + Kale Grain Bowl
This might be one of my favorite salads to recreate, which I’ve recently started adding grains to thanks to Minute Rice. It’s made adding this delightful ingredient so convenient, as I always appreciate a serving of grains with a serving of leafy greens. Instead of waiting 15 minutes for a rice cooker/stovetop, it only takes one minute via microwave to get this good source of fiber mixed in. I’ve also been known to have just the Minute Rice as a meal on days I’m not as starved or prefer a wholesome snack instead of a full lunch.
What I Include (Most Occasions)
Goat Cheese Crumbles
Minute Brown Rice & Quinoa (contains 55g of whole grains!)
When it comes to dressing, I often change it up depending what’s available in my fridge. Lemon juice mixed with olive oil is always a safe bet & pairs well, as does balsamic vinegar. Recently, I’ve been craving something spicy in my salad so I gave this Mighty Sesame Harissa Tahini a try after liking it as a dip for baby carrots. The squeeze top makes for easy & accurate dressing dispersion. It’s also vegan, gluten & dairy-free (yep, still creamy!) kosher and packed with 7g of protein & has 260 mg of calcium per serving.
Sure almonds are known to be a satisfying snack option, but have you ever tried an Infused Almond!? Because there’s a big BIG difference when it comes to the electrifying reaction from your tastebuds upon eating something that’s notoriously bland… Unless you’ve consumed a fresh almond right off the tree, which is probably not often. Only then would you notice almonds naturally have a subtle vanilla taste, but it’s often lost with the added preservatives and commercial packaging/travel.
Recipe 33 Infused Almonds look like your average almond, but taste unlike any you’ve tried before. There are currently five unique flavor combinations: Black Truffle, Lemon Rosemary (personal fave), Smoky Serrano, Garlic Dill, and Cinnamon Vanilla. There’s zero seasoning/oils in the bags, which means no sticky nor salty mess associated with it – can you say great “car snack” for kids!? Heck, for the driver!
Save $2 on any 4oz bags with code TryRECIPE33!
Sesame Chicken Veggie Stir-Fry
This is one of our favorite, go-to meals because it’s simple in preparation yet strong in nutrition. The right way to finish off the day!
We’ve followed a few dedicated recipes online over the years & have now developed our own concoction of ingredients that varies slightly each time we make it. But the main building blocks/foundation of the recipe is as follows:
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (sliced up in cubes)
Veggies of Choice – we often use mushrooms, green & red peppers, green onion, sugar snap peas, garlic
Served over Rice
Because soy sauce itself is incredibly salty to the taste, we like using a lighter option if we can find it. Because of this sponsored post, we had the opportunity to try out Coconut Secret Organic Coconut Aminos as a Soy-Sauce Alternative & are thrilled with how delightful it tastes! I was so worried it would take away from the whole point of tasting like a stir-fry, but it didn’t – it has this savory but semi-sweet umami flavor, with 72% less sodium than the original soy option. Perfect for those needing or looking for a lower-glycemic option in their diet.