I was inspired to write this blog this morning as I went grocery shopping and was preparing food for one of my regular clients here in New York. My challenge is that she is so focused on her work that she does not take any time to make herself food. Her 2 assistants run errands for her, but I can not rely on them to make the food either. 🙂 She also travels regularly. Hmmm….how do I get her to stick to the plan we have created for her and balance her body? After all, I can’t be with her EVERY morning.
Here are some of the tools I’ve implemented for her, which you might find helpful also!
1. I wash all the ingredients for 4 days’ worth of Green Drinks, partition them into exact servings and put them into separate plastic produce bags. That way, I can be sure she is having a Green Drink every single morning! She (or her assistant) doesn’t have to think about it. They go into the fridge and simply grab one of the bags. The apple, the right amount of celery, greens, etc. is in it, and besides the minimal chopping of the apple there really is no work! Washing everything for a few days is a great time saver- especially those in our blog community here that are busy moms or are rushing to the office. There never is enough time in the morning is there?? With everything bagged and washed the chances of you going “Nah, I’m not going to bother with that this morning. Too much work! I’m just going to eat some cereal instead,” go way down. Yay!
2. Turn your freezer into your emergency survival kit. Enzymes are destroyed by heat but hold up pretty well in the freezer. You can make some extra batches of Green Smoothies and freeze them in individual-sized glass trays or containers.
The night before a busy day, you can just thaw one out in your freezer.
I also keep emergency sprouted bread (millet bread is the best) in her fridge also. That way, if we’re really in a bind with shopping and produce I can always grab the bread and toast it, and run to the corner and grab an avocado, and make a fast
and easy sandwich with some butter. If you keep some of this handy bread in the freezer you don’t have to worry about it going bad, but you know it is there in case you didn’t have time to go shopping, or don’t feel like making an elaborate meal! You are miles ahead of settling for that falafel on pita sandwich or chicken sandwich you were considering resorting to for dinner.
I also keep frozen packets of Acai in my own fridge. If I’m in a bind, I can always make an easy smoothie out of it with coconut water or almond milk.
3. Pasta cravings! Keep quinoa pasta stocked in your pantry. Quinoa is an amazing grain that digests to leave a slightly alkaline residue in our bodies. It is also gluten free, and has a lot of great protein and minerals. When you want a nice, cooked dinner sometimes (and we all do!!), you can have a salad followed by some quinoa pasta with a great marinara sauce with vegetables. This is sooooo much better than buying some other processed, commercial pasta as “a treat.” You won’t feel deprived because you are eating some of this delicious, dense pasta once in a while and you’re not setting yourself back in your health goals! I am thrilled that my client likes quinoa! I am not so lucky with other foods I wished she liked…
4. Soak some almonds in your fridge when you are leaving on a trip. Simply cover the almonds with water overnight, and the next day rinse them off a few times. This is the really easy and fast way to remove some of the inhibitor enzymes on the outside of them, and help them digest faster. Put them in a dry bowl, and store them in the fridge. Now you have a great travel snack on planes, so you do NOT have to resort to the weight gain traps of roasted cashews made with refined salt that they serve on planes! Or…I shudder to think of what else. 🙂
Hope these help…or if you have some of your own time saving tips please share with us!
Lots of love,
Sprouted Millet Bread YUM! Do you have a recipie??? Anywhere we can buy this? Thank-you!
HI Kim! It is usually found in the frozen section of health food markets like Wholefoods. 🙂
This cracks me up.
I just finished my post run dinner of green peas with marinara sauce, slivered almonds, and quinoa. I guess I have been picking up knowledge from your blog! And I have the acai packets and millet bread in the freezer as well. Hahah.
Im definitely going to do the separate packets for the green smoothie.
Totally off subject from this post… but what kind of cleanser do you use? I’m looking for a good paraben sls free one. Any ideas?
Thanks : )
I do you have any tips for sugar cravings.
Every since I started trying to eat better I have been having these major insane sugar cravings.
Yes! I have too. It gets so bad I end up eating bags of fun size candy bars. I need help to know what to do to stop these cravings. Every morning I have a green smoothie w/ raspberries and coconut butter, and then salad or lentils and snack on nuts. But the sugar cravings are derailing everything 🙁
Again, the sugar cravings definitely indicate imbalance! We would have to look at the diet in entirety.
Hey Samantha! I knew what you meant. 🙂 Sugar and carb. cravings can be caused by several different things- but it usually indicates an imbalance. I would have to look at your diet overall to see where the imbalance occurs. That is exactly what I talk about in my consultations- if you are interested in finding out about them email me at email@example.com. xx Kimberly
Sorry I meant, do u have any tips for sugar cravings?
Kimberly, you are wonderful. I am so happy I found you. I tell so many people to check you out! Listen my daughter naturally wants to try everything I have, I have been drinking your green smoothies for awhile now, she always wants to chew on mint or parsley, celery… Lately
she wants to drink the smoothies. She has a good 4 oz, I put tumeric and olive oil in mine…do you think this is to harsh for a almost 2 year old? I feed her very healthy. Thank you nicole
Hi Nicole! Thanks for your kind words. I am not a specialist in child nutrition :), so you might want to check with your doctor to be sure. But I would think that the Green Smoothie would be wonderful for children, and very soothing and calming, with all the greens.
Glad to hear you are giving your child that absolute best food! That is so very important for parents to do.
A friend of mine, a long-time raw vegan, has started eating a some organic, wild raw salmon. She buys it as “salmon sashimi” from Whole Foods.
Do you think it is less than ideal to eat a little raw salmon, say 1/4-1/2lb.per week?
I think her food combining is good. She has it with lettuce, avocado, radish, and a squeeze of orange juice I think.
I don’t think we need any fish for nutritive value- only for stimulation and taste.
I love that Millet bread, and quinoa pasta! 🙂
I saw someone commented asking what kind of cleanser you use. Have you ever done a beauty post? I would love to see what products you use!
Also, thanks for the twitter tip on the seaweed salad. I am always nervous about trying it, but I’ve heard it’s delicious. No more edamame for me!
Hey Lauren, Great news about the seaweed salad and nixing the edamame. Seaweed salad is delicious.
That is a good idea and I will do a beauty post soon. I was involved with a beauty company previously, and I will be making an announcement about my involvement with company soon as well. 🙂
Kim, Thanks so much for taking the time to write regularly on your blog. I look forward to reading them weekly. I always wondered what you do when you are rushed for time. Having everything washed and ready is easy and a Big Help.
Would you please give us a recipe/guideline for green drinks?
There are a lot of blogs on that. Check out My Glowing Green Smoothie, and another blog called Green Smoothie tips (title?). 🙂
Thank you so much for all of the information, and for being so kind in answering questions.
I noticed that the frozen packets of acai have lecithin in them… is this an issue at all?
Hey Nadia- Nah, the lecithin is minimal and the good far outweigh the bad. 🙂
Thank you for your refreshing blog, Kimberly! Your writing is insightful, well-researched, full of common sense, and mostly, shows a genuine desire to impart knowledge for the betterment of humanity through health! I am now an avid follower!
A couple years ago I decided to take up dance again and make it my life-long journey (Kathak, which is a Northern Indian Classical dance, if you’ve ever come across it during your travels in India). The dance is highly impact-intensive and requires hours of stamina and expending of intellectual energy – in addition to portraying multiple characters, the dancer must calculate and dance complex mathematical rhythms, sing, AND play an instrument at the same time!
While lately I’ve been incorporating more organic, raw foods in my diet (including your Green Smoothie!) for more energy, I’m wondering if you can recommend certain foods that would help build endurance, repair tissue, minimize muscle aches and strengthen and protect joints. Also, should I eat certain foods at certain times before and/or after dancing? Should I avoid certain foods that would weight me down, even if they’re raw and natural? And lastly, what forms of yoga do you recommend for strength, flexibility and stabilization?
Thanks again for your blog, and I look forward to your response!
I recommend types of yoga where you hold the poses, which is the way to build strength and stabilization from yoga. It depends on the teacher, as there is a lot of variance even within different types of yoga. But I would try Vinyasa, Hatha or Anusara.
The other parts of your question can not really be answered quickly- that is a whole conversation! Your joints and tissues will repair faster when you are alkaline, and your body is clean and you are cleansing on an ongoing basis. Eating lots of greens are the best way to become more alkaline. I personally don’t eat 2 hours before yoga so I’m not digesting while practicing- and I would suggest the same for dance. Def. no nuts before either, too concentrated and dense! xx Kimberly
Hi Kim! I’m a regular reader (daily! sometimes multiple times a day! lol) and i just want to say thanks so much! You’re helping us out sooo much!!!
Anyway, when you mention “butter” on the avocado sandwhich, what kind do you mean? is it a butter substitute? some kind of vegan butter? or a nut butter? Sorry if this seems like an obvious question, but I’m somewhat new to this and am not aware of a butter substitute & doubt you mean to use dairy butter…thanks for clearing this up for me! 🙂
HI there! No that is not a silly question at all. On the avo sandwich I usually use mustard, but for my client who loves butter I use this vegan spread called Earth Balance (soy-free kind). It is not raw, but is mostly an olive oil base. xx Kimberly
Thanks, I really appreciate your time! I will look for this next time i’m at my health foods store! 🙂
Hi Kim!! Thank you so much for your message on Twitter! I love your blog so much, and it has inspired me to be healthier in so many ways!!!
Thank you for all your tips, and for taking the time to give us so much information so often 🙂
HI July! Yay!!! I hope this is the healthiest year of your life yet. 🙂
Thanks so much for your timely posts regarding strategies for doing the smoothies ahead of time. My mornings are crazy and I have been extremely frustrated that I haven’t been able to get my Green Smoothies done! I just ordered the Vitamix and plan on making extra batches for the freezer.
I would love to do more Yoga (I have in the past) but the only studio here doesn’t work for my schedule. Is there a way/book/video that I could do/read so that I can learn to practice on my own? Any ideas would be appreciated and once again thanks for your amazing blog!!…xoxo Anita
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Hey! I was wondering why you choose millet bread over some other gluten free bread (like food for lifes brown rice bread…or one of their other many choices). Is this a great choice for everyone (easily digestible??). Thanks!! xx
As I discuss in The Beauty Detox Solution, millet is the best grain choice. It is the most alkaline-forming. It is better even than brown rice, and that is why I choose it!
Hi Kimberly! I’m having trouble finding sprouted millet bread.Do you have any brand you recommend?
I am only 16 and have been trying to eat healthier and lose weight for a year now but I am the one who cooks dinner all the time and sometimes my dad gets mad because I won’t eat a steak also our blender is an oster how can I stick to healthy eating and not slip into bad habits.
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