This time of year is always so busy, and with a few months still to go until we all escape the hustle for a little time out (and time spent upgrading!) in tropical Fiji, in the meantime our fitness expert, Libby Babet is helping you keep your lunch on point to make sure you keep your energy up!
The last thing you want when you’re trying to grow your business, or energise your career is stodgy foods that slow your body and brain right down, instead you want to make sure you’re feeding your spark with plenty of antioxidants from the right kind of plant foods, some stress-busting healthy fats, and plenty of metabolism loving proteins.
Check out these three easy, healthy lunch ideas to help boost your energy and maintain focus until the time comes to flash your passport ;)
This isn’t exactly a recipe, it’s something even better – a recommendation from the world’s top experts on health and longevity on what exactly to eat for the ultimate brain boost!
All you have to do is fill your plate with three things: wild caught seafood, something dark green and leafy, plus some dark berries or another dark and antioxidant-rich food.
Any of these would do the trick:
Salmon on a bed of spinach or mixed leaves, with a handful of blueberries for dessert.
Sardines or another fish of choice with chopped, steamed greens like broccoli or asparagus, drizzled with black tahini and a squeeze of lime juice.
Vegan option; try making a smoothie with a scoop of vegan protein powder (Libby makes a super delicious and tummy friendly one which you can check out here), plus a serve of super-greens containing quality algae like spirulina/chlorella (we love Good Green Stuff) and a big handful of frozen dark berries, plus your milk of choice. Blitz and enjoy!
This lunch idea is SO easy, super yummy and the perfect light, healthy option for busy women on the go.
All you need is:
Large leafed greens, like iceberg lettuce, or collard greens
Avocado (always avocado!)
Chopped mint, or spring onion, or herbs like oregano/chilli (whatever floats your boat)
Protein of choice – Libby loves organic sliced chicken or turkey, but you can also use tuna, or legumes, tempeh/tofu, or toasted grains and seeds like buckwheat, quinoa, sesame
Now do this:
Wash and lay the greens flat
Slice or smash the avocado, then place it in the centre of the leaf
Top with your protein of choice and herbs/flavours, plus the mustard
Roll the leaf up as if it was a bread wrap
This is a favourite, covers-all-bases lunch recipe from Libby’s book, Totally BUF. The chicken is optional – you can leave it out or replace it with avocado if you really want to amp up the antioxidant factor.
Hot Tips: Double the suggested ingredients to make enough for 2 days worth of yummy lunches! Oh, and the cinnamon and olive oil in the dressing are particularly anti-inflammatory, so don’t be afraid to drizzle generously!
What You’ll Need (Serves 1)
100g chicken breast, cut into small pieces OR quarter to half avocado
¼ cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup of pumpkin, cut into cubes
1 cups rocket
½ capsicum, diced
6 cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
½ Lebanese cucumber, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ tablespoon cinnamon
¼ to ½ avocado (up to you!), sliced
½ tablespoon tahini
Sea salt and pepper
What You’ll Do
Preheat oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper.
In a bowl, toss the pumpkin cubes and chicken with the olive oil, cinnamon and some salt.
Place the pumpkin and chicken on the lined tray and cook in the oven for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
To cook the quinoa, rinse well, then add the quarter cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook with the lid on for 15 minutes, until the water has absorbed and quinoa is cooked. You may need to add extra water. (Yields 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa).
Once all the cooked elements are complete, it’s time to build your bowl!
Arrange the rocket, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, chicken, pumpkin, quinoa and avocado in your bowl.
Finish with a drizzle of tahini and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Season with salt and pepper.
For Libby, what began as a life-changing diagnosis of malignant hypertension in her early 20s, turned into a life-long mission to inspire a new generation of happy, healthy, empowered and of course, active women. The newest trainer to hit our screens on Channel TEN's "The Biggest Loser: Transformed" believes she was put on this planet to help people be happier, feel good about themselves and live life to the full by creating a healthy life culture they live and breathe.
Libby's businesses include:
* Australia wide female fitness community, BUF Girls
* Bondi based athletic group training studio, AGOGA
* Health food product, Chief Bar
* Health food distribution company, This Natural Life
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