8 posts categorized " In A Pinch "

IN A PINCH! 17 Apr 2013

Pinch

Too busy to cook?  There's always time for a little something!  Try some of my "in a pinch" meals and sides that Jordan and Mars have been loving, too:  Lauren's Breakfast Melt (leftover turkey, Dayia cheese (or regular cheese), avocado and tomato on your choice of bread), Hasselback Baked Potato topped with parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese (or Dayia) and broccoli, and Pink grapefruit topped with coconut sugar. 

Images via LBG

LITHE PIZZA! 3 Dec 2012

Lithepizza

Jordan and I make the real deal on Sunday evenings, but during the week I always lighten it up.  This week, try my healthy substitution for the real thing.  Spray an amaranth 10" flat-bread (a whole wheat pita will do in a pinch) with olive oil, top with your favorite seasonal veggies, then spray again with olive oil.  My current (kinda non-seasonal) favorite combo (featured above) is lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and Bragg's Organic Sprinkle. Bake for 8-10 min at 250 degrees. 

Image via Lauren   

LAUREN'S BREAKFAST ROLL-UP. 4 Aug 2011

Wrap

 

 

I've been spending a ton of time in the kitchen (Lithe Foods and my own) lately just awaiting the baby's arrival.  I've also been craving dairy big-time and growing tired of Greek yogurt.  This recipe was invented by my mom back when I was in grade school.  These roll-ups are so easy, healthy, low-cal and you can make a whole batch, refrigerate and grab and go. Just drizzle honey on your wrap, mix ricotta and almond butter together, spread, add more honey (or not!) and roll it up!

Ingredients:

1 Lavash Roll-Up

1/2 cup Low Fat/Part-Skim Ricotta

1-2 Tablespoons Almond Butter (I make mine home-made in the Vita-Mix)

A bit of Honey

Breakfast wrap images via Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel

MORE LITHE FOODS! 2 Feb 2011

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This week started with more delicious samples from Chef Kim!  Our Breakfast Quinoa is a morning staple of mine.  Quinoa is especially rich in protein and iron and is perfect pre/post morning Lithe. These quinoa dishes have a rich, hearty oatmeal feel-just delicious. Our Skinny Skinny Collard wrap is a combo of fresh, crisp winter veggie vibrancy and Thai spice.  Yum!

One of the greatest things about Lithe Foods is that our kitchen and all of our fresh, organic produce is located at/sourced from Fern Brook Farms.   Fern Brook Farms is a pretty awesome place:  A CSA, Nursery, Education Center and  Bed & Breakfast all in one!  I'll be reporting live from the farm later this month with LitheTV...Stay tuned! 

Images via Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel

IN A PINCH! 4 Jan 2011

Bars

Hey Lauren,

I've been super busy at work lately and I find myself running to Lithe straight from the office without eating dinner. Can you recommend an on-the-go meal bar that could tide me over and get me through my workout? I'm leaning towards Odwalla's Super Protein bar, but I know some of them are packed with refined sugars and other hidden evils so I need your expert advice!  Thanks, AS 

Hi A!  Great question.  I'm not really a big bar fan-it's a bar, in a package, sitting on a shelf...It's not really good food.  The down and dirty truth is that most energy bars contain a lot of simple sugar and it's just not healthy.  All that simple sugar sets you up to crave is more of the same while weakening your immune system.  I strongly believe that it's always better to eat foods in their natural, whole state.  I recommend packing hard-bolied eggs, granola, a banana or an apple and nut butter to tie you over til' dinner. 

Hey, but i understand!  Sometimes a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  So, when I have no other option but to grab a bar in a pinch, I choose Kind Bar Fruit & Nut, Lara Bar, Vega or Earthling Yogi.  Kind's Fruit & Nut Delight is a crunchy, classic blend of heart healthy mixed nuts (Almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts and walnuts), dried apricots, raisins and a drizzle of honey. Each bar contains 5g of protein, 4g fiber and only 180 calories.  Earthling's contains: Soaked Nuts and Seeds, low temperature dried ingredients: *Coconut, *Almonds, *Pumpkin Seeds, *Figs, *Real Raw Agave Nectar, Sun-Dried Sea Salt, *Cinnamon, *Ginger, *Vanilla Bean. (*organic)

I took a look at Odwala and on the plus side:

   
* They are not heavily processed and are high in potassium & low in saturated fat.
    * All grains in Odwalla bars are in their whole state which is great.
    * Calorie counts average at 230 calories, which is reasonable for a snack.
    * Most varieties use real fruit purees (as opposed to fruit juice concentrates).
    * They are a good source of fiber (an average of 4 grams per bar — all from food).

What I don't love:
   
* Some Odwalla bars contain 12 grams (1 tablespoon) of added sugar.
    * Some of their nutrients are fortified (added in).
    * Some flavors use sweetened fruits and/or fruit juice concentrates.

So, in a pinch, the Odwalla Bar isn't all that bad! 

Images via Brand websites.

PHILLY... IN A PINCH! 9 Aug 2010

Eats

Check out my latest blog post on Be Well Philly!  Everyone is always in a rush these days and unfortunately our bodies pay the price.  As much as you want to prepare and cook wonderful, healthy meals, sometimes you need a good meal "in a pinch."  Eating healthy is not always about carbs, fat and calories.

When you're on the run, the quality and the source of the ingredients are so important.  Philly's got some great options.  Try to think out of the box for the most nourishing meals when you're on the go.  Here are my top 10 healthy stops for when I'm on the run:

Fork: Etc. (308 Market St., Old City)  Fork has great quality healthy alternatives and they use fresh, organic local ingredients.  I often mix and match small servings of their prepared foods. For breakfast, I love the egg white omelet & fruit salad, for lunch pick up the roasted veggies and quinoa salad.

MiLah Vegetarian  (218 South 16th St., Center City)  I love this place.  They make it really easy to eat healthily...Their produce is like butter!  The ALT on Italian bread is so good, yet a splurge for me (I'll usually split it with a co-worker) and add on their Miso Kale.  If you're looking for a salad, try the Mango, Avocado mix green salad with the Spicy Caribbean dressing.

Ardmore Farmer's Market @ Suburban Square   I'm out in Ardmore on Fridays and I always run to Asian Box for their fantastic Tofu & Shrimp summer rolls.  They make em' in the morning and stock them on the counter.  Easy to grab and go.

Zento  (138 Chestnut St.)  I cannot say enough about this place-It rivals Sagami and you don't have to cross the bridge!  They make a wonderful (non-iceberg) salad with ginger dressing and avocado and they wrap many of their perfectly portioned rolls with yummy soy paper and cucumber so that I can go rice-less.  I love their Sashimi Roll, Love Roll and Center City roll.

Metropolitan Bakery  (5 locations in Philly)  High-quality and locally sourced ingredients.  You're safe with anything out of their refrigerator case. 

Picnic  (3131 Walnut, University City)  Their lovely menu changes daily and they are one of my top caterer choices for meetings and events.

Essene  (719 S. 4th St.) I love their Cafe/deli. The to-go sandwiches are top-notch and I often experiment with their macrobiotic and Japanese dishes.  

Soy Cafe  (602 North 2nd St., Northern Liberties)  I'll walk from Fishtown for the soy wraps, smoothies and honey latte's--they made me a soy convert!

Healthy Bites To-Go  (2521 Christian St., Gray's Ferry)  The best BELT's, panini's and fritatta's for breakfast.  I also love the Quinoa Breakfast cereal.

Sweet Freedom  (1424 South St.)  The best pizza alternative...I'm there weekly for the tomato pie and Oogave ginger ale.

IN A PINCH. 8 Jul 2010

 

Eats

Hi Lauren! 

I really like to cook. I have a proper chef's knife, a great micro-plane, and I am accumulating a respectable pantry of spices and world cuisine staples. I try to make delicious and nutritious stuff every night - there are nights when I am just too tired, or come home from work late and have no energy to cook.  I went to Trader Joe's the other day and found a treasure of frozen meals. The Poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and covered in a zesty tomato sauce is awesome!  I also tried the Butter Chicken - outside of being served with white rice, the dish packs protein and great spices. You can actually taste the cumin. The packages list good quality ingredients. 

Anyway - I don't opt for frozen meal dishes very often, or ever until now. Since you know so much about nutrition and getting proper nutrition, I was wondering what your take was on these frozen, convenient meals. Are they a good way to eat occasionally? If so, do you have any particular favorites that deliver good nutrition? I feel like they would be a good alternative for lunch at work - sometimes I can't bring lunch from home, and I HATE buying lunch from fast food places on campus. Thanks a bunch for your advice!  RJ


 

Well, I get a lot of emails and questions about frozen/prepared meals; Kashi/Trader Joe's frozen meals, in particular. Are they good/bad for you?  I hate to break it to you guys, but they are so NOT good for you.  

Ladies, fresh is always best-stay away from frozen meals if possible and stick to the outside edges of your supermarket. In fact, if you talk to Banana Tree/Lithe Escape, Liz Solms about frozen meals, you won't ever buy one again!  I know how busy we all are and it's tough on some nights to come home exhausted, famished and then "cook."  It's often the very last thing that we want to do. 

 I decided to pick up the Trader Joe's Poblano Pepper yesterday because I wanted to give it a review and it was coldly seducing me with the words, "fire roasted poblano, stuffed with cheese and topped with salsa" on the packaging. Sounds like a yummy, Mexi-Cali meal!  I have to be honest, it was decent, but not good enough to try again. Why?  

 Trader Joe's white labels all of their frozen/packaged foods-they are "cheaper eats," which is so great for the wallet but not for the body. These poblano's are probably Amy's or Kashi brand. There's nothing too good here nutritionally.  Besides the fact that it's not healthy or good for you, the super high sodium content, high saturated fat content and preservatives add major bloat to the female fat zones. I mean, Big Time bloat. If you cut sodium from your diet, you will be amazed at how different you feel and look around the hips, thighs, butt and belly. It's just incredible.  

So, I would say this is not really great (even in a pinch). Fresh is best! For all of you Penn girls, check the prepared meals over there at Metropolitan Bakery or Picnic in University City (you can also find Picnic items at Metro).  You'll know that you're getting fresh, local, organic ingredients and some real nutrition after a long day. 

Want more info about good, locally prepared foods that you can grab in a pinch?  Philly has so many great options!  Look out next week in Philly Mag's Be Well Philly about my top 10 healthy spots to eat in Philly when I'm on the run. 

Trader Joe's nutrition info via Fatsecret.  Images via Urban Pantry, Sheeatsbears & MichaelPollan.



PINCH YOUR THIGHS! 16 Sep 2009

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Everyone is always in a rush these days and unfortunately our bodies pay the price.  As much as you want to prepare and cook wonderful, healthy meals, sometime you need a good meal "in a pinch." 


I get a lot of emails and questions about frozen/prepared meals, and Kashi frozen meals in particular.  Are they good/bad for you?  Hate to break it to you but they are so NOT good for you.  Ladies, stay away from frozen meals if possible and stick to the outside edges of your supermarket. In fact, if you talk to Liz about frozen meals, you won't ever buy one again!  

I decided to pick up the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake on Sunday because I wanted to give it a review and it was coldly seducing me with the words, "Vegan, amaranth polenta, sweet potatoes, kale and plantains" on the packaging. Sounds like a yummy winter meal. I have to be honest, it was decent, but not good enough to try again. Why?  

Besides the fact that it's not healthy or good for you, Sodium and preservatives add major bloat to the female fat zones.  I mean Big Time. If you cut sodium from your diet, you will be amazed at how different you feel and look around the hips, thighs, butt and belly.  It's just incredible.  

Want more info about good, locally prepared foods that you can grab in a pinch?   

Via Liz:  "I relegate myself to one high-sodium, "in a pinch" thing a week. My high-sodium vice is a Maple Nut Clif Bar (side-note: mine is a good deli pickle).  If my clients want in a pinch prepared food, I always recommend Metropolitan BakeryPicnic, and Me (Sweet Pea Nourishment )!  Metro carries amazing, healthful soups and dips and Picnic makes great, healthy prepared foods that they sell at Metro and their own store on the Walnut St. Bridge." 

Image via Mats Gustafson

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