How to Eat Well if You’re a Busy 20-Something

My dear blog, you have been neglected this week. My dear blends (blogfriends), you have been neglected as well. To make a long story short, work has been cray cray. And it will continue to be cray cray until our Legislative Symposium is over and done with on Wednesday.

As an apology, I offer you pictures of the food I have been enjoying. Because even with work being as busy as it is, I’ve mostly managed to eat a homemade lunch at least 4 days out of every week, and have eaten dinner at home just as often. (OK, so yesterday I had an Amy’s microwave burrito for lunch. Sorry I’m not sorry.)

Let these photos serve as inspiration! Join me – let’s prep our food on Sundays and eat well during the week. No slaving away in the kitchen necessary…unless you’re into that sort of thing :-)

Breakfast

avocadotoast

Avocado toast. This one really got some mixed feedback on Instagram…apparently not everyone thinks avocados are the best thing ever invented EVER. Who knew? {on a related note, leave it to my family members to tell me my food looks gross, ha!} Prep time: 5 minutes.

overnightoats

These are last night/this morning’s Overnight Oats. 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond-coconut milk, 1/4 cup plain nonfat Chobani, half a banana and some mango. This was the first time I ever actually finished overnight oats! Usually cold oatmeal makes me gag. I credit the Chobani…their plain flavor is actually palatable! Prep time: 5 minutes the night before.

kindbar

At the end of the 5K I ran, they had boxes of KIND Bars for all the participants to take. I grabbed, err, 4 different flavors to sample.Β  This one was my ABSOLUTE favorite. The chocolate and cherries make it taste like candy!

Lunch

lunch

This is how most of my lunches go – I make a pot of some kind of grain/legume on Friday night, mix it up with veggies, and then eat it throughout the week with a tortilla (or in this case, tortilla chips). Prep time: 30 minutes when you make it ahead of time, 3 minutes to reheat and devour!

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I already showed you all this picture on Monday, but that Kale and Chickpea saute is a prime example of my typical lunch. I made two small servings and bulked it up with the pictured brown rice and toast. Prep time: 20 minutes when you make it ahead of time, 3 minutes to reheat and devour!

Dinner

asparagus

#yolkporn central! This was an awesome weekend dinner that I accompanied with sweet potato fries and wine. In a perfect world, I’d eat a big breakfast and lunch everyday, followed by a snacky dinner. Prep time: 30 minutes.dodgeballdinner

A perfect pre-dodgeball dinner. Tons of quinoa and roasted green beans. It was super filling, protein packed, but didn’t leave me feeling too bloated to run around and throw balls at people. πŸ˜‰ Prep time: 20-25 minutespeanutchicken

My amazing Chicken in Spicy Peanut Sauce dinner that I was obsessed with and shared with you all. Still dreaming about this meal. Prep time: 30 minutes, less if you’ve made the rice ahead of time!

sandwich

I used most of a can of chickpeas to make the aforementioned Chickpea & Kale saute, and then I mashed the leftover chickpeas with some cream cheese (I didn’t have plain yogurt!), lemon juice, salt and pepper…Then I piled on some roasted red peps and spinach and called it a Chickpea Salad sandwich :) Prep time: 10 minutes

miniturkeymeatloaves

After 3 months of being subscribed to Cooking Light magazine, I finally tried out a recipe. It was for Mini Greek Style Meatloaves, which I made into Mini Mexican Style Meatloaves.. because I am me, and I love cilantro. Paired with a mango salsa, it was AMAZING! Prep time: 30 minutesturkeyburger

Last night, I plopped the mini meatloaves on a thin bun and called it a turkey burger. Win. Prep time: 25 minutes (or however long your fries take to bake)

What I Eat if I Do Go Out

jamba

Several Friday mornings this month I’ve craved Jamba Juice. I think it must be the dodgeball beers on Thursday night that make me feel like I need to load up on nutrients Friday morning! I’ve been trying their fruit + veggie smoothies and, while they don’t taste as great as the purely fruit ones, at least I feel revived!

lowbrau

These are duck fat fries from LowBrau. I say if you eat healthily during the day, a bag of fries and an IPA makes a fine dinner πŸ˜‰ Balance, people! They were screamin’ hot, and super crispy! We weren’t a huge fan of the beer cheese pictured (it reminded us too much of processed nacho cheese), so we ordered another garlicky cheese and were totally in business.

burgersnbrew

Burgers & Brew is one of T-Man’s favorite restaurants, so we go pretty often. Their burgers are amaaaazing, but often a lot to handle. I started getting this Turkey Avocado Melt and hooo boy is it good! Lots of protein and it is STUFFED full of avocado. Definitely recommend if you live in Sacramento or Davis!

What are your go-to breakfasts and lunches during the work week?

How often do you eat out during the week?

25 thoughts on “How to Eat Well if You’re a Busy 20-Something

  1. Out of all of your delicious food, the thing that caught my eyes the most were the tortilla chips! I have a jar of salsa in my pantry that’s simply begging for a deep-fried corn buddy!

    Burgers and Brew in definitely a Davis fave! It’s always PACKED!

  2. Out of all of your delicious food, the thing that caught my eyes the most were the tortilla chips! I have a jar of salsa in my pantry that’s simply begging for a deep-fried corn buddy!

    Burgers and Brew in definitely a Davis fave! It’s always PACKED!

  3. Okay, now I’m starving. I want each of your meals, especially the ones that include fries and avocados! πŸ˜‰ And seriously, who doesn’t think avocados are the best thing in the entire world? Weirdos, haha :)

  4. Okay, now I’m starving. I want each of your meals, especially the ones that include fries and avocados! πŸ˜‰ And seriously, who doesn’t think avocados are the best thing in the entire world? Weirdos, haha :)

  5. Everything looks so delicious and creative– I stick to the same old, same old most of the time for breakfast/lunch. Thanks for the inspiration to mix things up πŸ˜€

  6. Everything looks so delicious and creative– I stick to the same old, same old most of the time for breakfast/lunch. Thanks for the inspiration to mix things up πŸ˜€

  7. Your meals look so delicious, and I’m impressed that you make your leftovers into different meals! I usually just make a big pot of something and eat the same thing for lunch all week :) P.S. I LOVE Kind bars – the blueberry almond one is my favorite!

    • I definitely have my fair share of those one-pot meals lasting me the whole week…I think this week I finally just reached the point of food-boredom at which I had to switch it up!

    • Hello hello hello!

      Alright, I am SO glad that I found this post and your blog! Follow and like!

      I myself am I busy 20-something who has been struggling with food boredom recently and this is a post that I definitely need to bookmark! Tons of inspiration :) Thanks again!

  8. Your meals look so delicious, and I’m impressed that you make your leftovers into different meals! I usually just make a big pot of something and eat the same thing for lunch all week :) P.S. I LOVE Kind bars – the blueberry almond one is my favorite!

    • I definitely have my fair share of those one-pot meals lasting me the whole week…I think this week I finally just reached the point of food-boredom at which I had to switch it up!

    • Hello hello hello!

      Alright, I am SO glad that I found this post and your blog! Follow and like!

      I myself am I busy 20-something who has been struggling with food boredom recently and this is a post that I definitely need to bookmark! Tons of inspiration :) Thanks again!

    • They aren’t quite as deelish as the normal ones, but they definitely make me feel good! I don’t get a sugar coma after finishing it like I do with the fruit smoothies haha.

  9. Cool post! All of your food looks incredible- props for being so speedy quick with making your dinners. Those mini meatloaves sound so fun :) But, seriously, who doesn’t love avocado?! That’s just crazy! Good luck with the rest of your crazy work period!

  10. Cool post! All of your food looks incredible- props for being so speedy quick with making your dinners. Those mini meatloaves sound so fun :) But, seriously, who doesn’t love avocado?! That’s just crazy! Good luck with the rest of your crazy work period!

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