Plan, plan and plan is the most important part of Banting.
Donald Rumsfeld said:
Think ahead. Don’t let day-to-day operations drive out planning
We can get so caught up in our busy schedules that we forget to plan for the most important thing during the day, our meals.
If you are not already doing meal planning once a week, take a coffee break moment during your busy day and write down things that you usually make that your family enjoys. Build your meal plan taking into account accessible food items based on your budget and your family’s preference, keeping the green list in mind.
BantingGirls believe that eating low carb should be easy and affordable, keep it simple and stick to the basics – don’t overcomplicate your low carb lifestyle.
We recommend setting 4 or 5 hours aside on a weekend to do all your prep, chop up vegetables and make portion size packets. When buying your meat, make it up in portion size packets. Make mayonnaise for the week (mayo can be kept in the fridge for 2 weeks if it lasts that long:-)) Vegetables to prep like Brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower for cauli rice or cauli mash. Make up your vegetables in 100g packets which is much easier for preparation if you are single, or 200g packets if you are a couple.
During working week days, eat a good healthy fat breakfast so that you stay full longer, e.g. eggs in butter with avocado, thick double cream yogurt with a few berries; salmon and avocado.
Prepare lunch such as Parma ham, salami, chorizo, hard cheese, olives, tomato, macadamia nuts or almonds. Some celery sticks, cucumber sticks, biltong, cherry tomatoes.
Evening meals does not have to take long to prepare. Have some pan fried fish or steamed fish, chicken in the oven (don’t use large pieces of chicken as it will take longer to cook, leave cooking a whole chicken or large pieces of beef or lamb for the weekend); steamed vegetables, salad and have a lemon butter dressing on your vegetables.
During the week we love one pot meals, it’s quick and easy and should not take more than 30 minutes. You can also make more e.g. if you are two people make enough for 4 people and freeze the rest if it’s a recipe that you can freeze. The next time your schedule is overloaded, it’s easy to take this out of the freezer and warm up.
Always keep a 30g portion of macadamia nuts or 30g portion of almonds in your bag if you do happen to need a snack during the day and can’t get to lunch
Only eat when hungry! If you eat enough healthy fats it satiates you and you won’t be hungry all the time (remember sugar fuels hunger).
SOME SALAD IDEAS THAT WILL SAVE YOU TIME
Tuna and avocado salad; tomato mozzarella and basil salad; chicken and bacon salad.
Caprese avocado salad – lettuce, plumb tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella balls, chicken with avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil with balsamic vinegar
Prawn and cauliflower salad – steam cauliflower and add prawn and homemade mayonnaise with some dill on top and lemon wedges
Vegetable stir fry with some carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and mushrooms – sauté some onion, add mushrooms and vegetables and stir fry
Bacon and turkey lettuce wraps – iceberg lettuce, wrap bacon, turkey ham, tomato, avocado and some mayo in the lettuce
Burger – use large Portobello mushrooms with mince patty, tomato, avocado and mayo
Chicken and asparagus lemon stir fry with green list vegetables or eat with cauliflower rice
Salad in a Jar – use any of the following ingredients:
sliced red onion
cubed cooked chicken
cubes cheese or feta
Add the ingredients that will be least soggy to the bottom of your jar and pack until you get to the lettuce on top or any cheese that you want to add.
extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
Pour this over just before enjoying your salad.
Below are two videos that show you how you can prepare meals and salads in preparation for your busy days.
To help you plan your meals and track your progress, download our Meal Planning Templates.
Lastly, remember LCHF is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change.
I am passionate about healthy living to enable us to live life to the full. I believe in functional medicine to treat the cause and not only the symptoms and therefore LCHF/Keto is the way to go to bring healing to our bodies. In the words of Hippocrates, let food be thy medicine.