Natasha Raey is a woman of inspiration. We Like Her Style! With countless accomplishments under her belt, magazine features and important partnerships, she is one of the Lower Mainland’s fiercest females. The highly-educated UBC grad is a self-professed ‘serial entrepreneur and philanthropist.’ Her primary work is centred around her passion for health, as a senior manager in the primary health care field. But, this constant creator has such noteworthy initiatives under her belt as SheTalks Global, Brass & Unity, and most recently LIFT Magazine.
An overflowing schedule of important work doesn’t stop this powerhouse from fueling her body with clean and delicious food – or fueling her passion for cooking healthy and stylish meals, which she shares on her blog, #StyleFoodLove. Today, we are honoured to have her share her tips for eating clean on the go.
The main thing I love about my days is that every single one is different. I’m lucky to get to spend most of my days around inspiring, engaging people and projects and travel a ton for a number of businesses that I’m involved in.
I’m also a complete foodie and I love to eat as clean as possible (ie. it’s pretty important to me that I know what’s in my food). So between my 10 – 12 hour days and my travel schedule, I’ve learned a few tips along way to help me eat clean, healthy and yummy.
- Pinterest and Yummly are your friend. Whenever you have time, use these apps to find and save recipes.
- One pot meals are a lifesaver. They are fairly easy to prep and make, and are forgiving enough to add oodles of extra vegetables to.
- Vegetables can be added to pretty much any meal or side dish. The other day I made a side of turmeric rice to go with some baked samosas for dinner. I chopped up a tomato and mixed it in with the rice after it was cooked. The resulting taste was pretty delicious. Don’t be scared to integrate raw and cooked vegetables into your meals:
- Grape tomatoes are a great addition to any roast or pasta sauce
- Add spinach to sauces (chop well before adding), and even to meatballs. Your loved ones won’t even know it’s there!
- Throw a cup of broccoli or asparagus into boiling pasta in the last two minutes. Drain the water and continue using the pasta as you had intended to (but now it has broccoli in it!)
- For the girl who travels a lot, crockpot freezer meals are a great way to ensure that your family eats healthy when you are away. Roasts are great for this. Simply season the meat, cut your vegetables, and throw it in a Ziploc bag. All you need to do is add 3/4 cup of broth once you are ready to slow cook (at let it go for roughly 8 hours on low).
- When on the road, stick to steamed vegetables and grilled protein.
- Cold pressed juice bars are an amazing place to get an energizing breakfast.
- It’s okay to splurge and eat the yummiest thing on the menu once in a while.
Eating well is a lot easier than people make it out to be. As long as you know what you’re putting in your food, and are adding a variety of vegetables to all of your meals, you’re doing pretty good. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a cookie after dinner. Life is to be enjoyed, and food is a huge part of that enjoyment.