* AUGUST GET FIT MONTH! *
It's dinner time, you're busy AF balancing school work, social life, and a MVMNT addiction... how the F are you supposed to have time to prepare a healthy dinner?!
*Dinner & Desert*
I grew up eating every dinner with my family; whether it was at home or out at a restaurant it was always a social event. I rarely ever ate alone, I rarely ever cooked my own dinner and on top of that I legit never put any thought into exactly what my dinner was going to be. My mom/dad did the planning, shopping, cooking, proportioning, etc. In short, dinner in college eluded me for a long time. For starters, my dinner schedule was often different from my friend's and I would end up eating alone, which was a really tough adjustment. But more importantly, I really didn't have any knowledge about what the F to cook.
This led to two different dinner options for me- 1) go out with my friends and eat some unhealthy bullshit or 2) pick up some unhealthy bullshit. Either way, I was gaining weight and not feeling well. Finally I reached a point after my sophomore year where I was just straight up done being lazy. I educated myself the best I could on the internet (which is really difficult when it comes to food because everyone and their cat has an opinion on how you should eat) and I simplified. Just like the last blog about lunches, your dinner has to be easy to make in large quantities to eat throughout the week. And be YUMMY of course!
The first change I made: my friend group. I realized that I had gotten into some bad habbits- pregaming every weekend, multiple times each weekend... and a lot of feta bread (still not sorry about that one, everyone deserves a little feta bread here and there). As I began my quest for a more healthy lifestyle in college, I realized that my old friends weren't who I wanted to waste my health away with. The next year, I moved out, found people who had the same view about healthy eating, exercise and stress relief in college and never looked back. By senior year, the greatest thing happened. Every Friday night was reserved for cooking and RICCKKKSSSSS. No more was it STR, it had become CTR (cook then ricks). Best thing we ever did.
During the week I stuck to simple, healthy cooking that I could prepare on the weekends and eat throughout the week. I spent the week eating yummy dinners and scanning Pinterest (mainly in stats- sorry Dr. Gunderson!) and health blogs for fun recipes to be cooked on Friday nights. My best advice to you is to get your friends on board. Find someone who will meal prep with you or agree to Friday night cook nights! I struggled with eating alone, I found it lonely (still do) and completely unenjoyable. Having a set date with my girls every weekend really got me through some tough weeks and kept me healthy at the same time :)
Below is my all time favorite recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
* LENTIL CURRY *
The recipe below can accomplish many things... I cook this often on Sunday nights and eat it all week (so freaking good). But, you can also make this with friends! The recipe makes a boat load of food, serving at least 5-6 people.
*PRO-TIP: Don't be afraid of the word "curry". I promise you this shit is so good.*
- Ingredients -
1 tbsp oil (olive, walnut, avocado, coconut, doesn't matter!)
1 yellow onion
1-2 tbsp of minced garlic
1-2 tbsp of minced ginger
1/4 cup tomato puree (I use Pasada)
1 entire carton of vegetable broth
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of coconut milk
1 bag of red lentils
3-5 tbsp curry powder
1 F*** load of kale or spinach
salt and pepper to taste
chips and avocado for garnish!
- Instructions -
This is so simple, don't be scared by the long list of ingredients.
1. Get a large soup pot and heat up the oil. While that's getting warm, chop up a yellow onion and dump it in the pot. Mince some garlic and ginger (the more ginger the better and I don't even like ginger) and throw those in the pot as well with the onions. You want to reallllllly mince the garlic and ginger so that you don't have chunks in the end product. Let those heat up for a bit- until they're fragrant but just before the onions get brown.
2. Splash in the tomato puree, you want enough to coat all of the onions thoroughly. Then just dump the other shit in. Vegetable broth, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, lentils, and curry powder. You want a F load of curry powder. It should be a pretty orange color in the pot. You can add salt and pepper to taste here, but I would almost recommend putting the s/p in when you're actually eating the dish.
3. Make sure the heat is on medium, you want this to simmer- not boil. Every once in a while check back; this is going to look like a soup in the beginning but will thicken into a curry by the end. Give a stir here and there to keep the bottom from burning.
4. When the curry starts to get thick and it appears that all of the liquid has cooked off, dump in the kale or spinach and stir it in. you only need like 1-2 minutes here for the greens to wilt.
5. Serve in a bowl, add avocado and/or a handful of chips and CHOW DOWNNNNN
HMU with questions and pics :)
*Dark Chocolate Bark*
Deserts are quite important to your diet... er the success of your dieting efforts I should say. If you're looking for permission to eat desert- you've got it! Of course I'm not telling you to BINGE deserts- no. I AM telling you that deserts are okay in moderation and can actually help you to stay on track with your fitness and health goals! here is an excerpt from one of our previous blogs "What's On Your Plate?" explaining the psychology behind why traditional diet techniques don't work...
Diet (noun): a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.