I came across this blog post recently on the IF Life blog. First of all, I am not an intermittent faster by any means. But I would probably classify myself as a boring eater for many of my mid-week meals, especially for lunch. The Trader Joe’s 5-minute shopping approach described in this post perfectly describes my shopping approach. I am the guy microwaving canned salmon over frozen broccoli in the office lunch lounge. My favorite lunch when working from home is to simply grill a piece of fish with sea salt and pepper and have it with a sweet potato. It is not boring to me, it is perfect. Interestingly, Tim Ferriss gives some of the same advice in The Four Hour Body…one of the secrets to staying lean and strong is to eat the same meals often as long as they involve protein and vegetables and you never get sick of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. But when time is limited I fall back on the old Kelly Johnson adage, “Keep it Simple, Stupid!”
Some of my favorite simple lunches:
- Trader Joe’s grilled chicken strips over organic frozen broccoli florets, with a few cooked tomatoes and tabasco sauce.
- Simple grilled fish (coconut oil, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper) with a sweet potato.
- Two hard-boiled eggs with a grapefruit.
- Canned sardines or mackerels with a bag of pre-washed cauliflower florets or carrots.
- Ground turkey hash with chopped onions and kale or collards (prep in advance for the week).
- Turkey meatballs with pretty much any vegetable and some hot pepper flakes – sometimes I throw in some pre-cooked wild rice if I’m doing heavy interval training.
All of these are cheap, easy, and healthy, and some might even be paleo
Trader Joe’s is the mecca for all of these, and I can usually stock up for the week for under 50 bucks.