There are so many things out there that can add tremendous value to your week. Grab and go food offerings are shifting towards gourmet or complex as the market becomes more saturated and are often to be what I would call clean food.  There is a lot of integrity out there and of course a whole bevy of posers, however, you could make it through your week without a trip to the grocery store and stay feeling relatively great.  

Services aboundfrom blow outs, nails, doing your errands, structuring your healthy week, sending you the newest beauty products, packing your kids lunch, painting your walls, getting you a better rate on a cup of joe, I could spend all day listing the companies that have started from an ideation session about something that someone needs or does on a daily basis and how to make a business out of it.  Add in the emphasis on self care and the ways in which you can spend a few or a lot on something that reinforces the importance of putting yourself first and you have a packed week even before you get to the office or co-working space.  

Should I mention that self care doesn't always mean SPA (sadly)? How about taking an afternoon siesta?

What I am trying to allude to is as much as there are things that can add value or help you out during the week, I think that there is something to say for simplicity.  Simplicity impacts your discretionary spend where all of the small amounts here and there on value-adds can well, add up.

 When you make a commitment to simplicity during your week you can discern what services and grain bowl cafes really matter to you and where you can shed that constant transactional habit.

 I got thinking about this after many summer nights spent connecting with important friendships, often over a meal, whether it be casual, a more elevated experience or even at a supper club.  That time and energy devoted to connecting with my close friends in this season is fulfilling, so where I can simplify, making me feel more grounded throughout the day, cuts down on my minimal spends that without notice can add up in a way that feels wasteful.  

To keep it focused on food: I reminded myself that not every meal needs to be a curry sauce, spicy cashew or purchased acai bowl experience.  

Eating simply throughout the week helps me appreciate this season of dining out and connecting with friends. The Saturday night Greek eats (oh hey Kikis) do not resonate as extravagant and searching for stimulation (hi grounded) when I do not spend my day roving. 

For this week in particular, making a batch of brown rice, oats and fava beans on a Sunday led me to having a week of basic oatmeal and smoothie bowls, grain and green salads and simple evenings when I was at home that were delicious in their lack of excessive content.  

By pre-soaking your brown rice, beans and steel cuts outs you are:
1. Cutting down on cooking time.
2. Removing the phytic acid from the grains
3. Release minerals from your beans and creating a more digestible product.

Just three things- soaked and cooked and you have a work week of meal components without thinking.

Smoothie Bowl

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

3 frozen strawberries

Handful of raw walnuts

1 cup Kale

1/2 cup soaked and cooked, steel cut oats

1. Blend the above with or without the oats with 1/2-34 water (you are making walnut milk essentially by using raw walnuts)

2. Place in bowl with steel cut oats.

Deliciously simple

 

Tuna and Rice Salad for satiaty

1 can/jar oil packed or no salt added Albacore or Italian Tuna

1-2 Cups Kale

1/3 cup cooked Brown Rice

3 each Mushrooms, sliced

1/3 cup Shredded Carrots, Shredded Broccoli or any vegetable slaw

1/4 each Avocado

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 - 1 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard

optional : *Turmeric Powder, *Black Pepper, *Sea Salt

1. Place ingredients in large bowl.

2. With clean hands, gloved hands or a spatula if you must, massage the ingredients together to break down the kale, the veggie slaw and incorporate the dressing.

3. Place in salad container for lunch or consume on the spot.