Convenient Ways to Eat Well

 We all know how hard the working life can be. I work 8 hour days, and commute a total of about 3 hours a day. Add an hour in for my daily workouts, and you will quickly notice that a significant amount of my time is spend out of the house. When I get home at night, I am usually tired and hungry, and am looking for the fastest, healthiest thing I can put on the table for dinner. I love cooking, but we all have those nights when that just doesn't happen.

Being the nutrition fanatic that I am, I am always looking for quick, healthy and easy options for those "I am definitely not cooking anything tonight" nights. One of my go-to brands for these kinds of foods is Amy's.  Whether your vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or just plain health conscious, they have something you can fall in love with. The best part? It is all real food.

I recently tried a few products from their meatless line, and was immediately hooked! My favorite product was the Meatless Veggie Meatballs.
Made organic vegetables and grains, such as quinoa, lentils and wheat bran, these "meatballs" are a meat-alternative you can actually feel good about eating. No weird fillers or soy by-products here!
A few of my favorite products come from Amy's Light & Lean line.
I always like to have a box of Macaroni and Cheese  in the freezer for whenever I am in need for some comfort food, but not the calories that come along with it!
Another favorite is the Meatless Swedish Meatballs!

If you are eating from the Light & Lean line, you can definitely follow up your dinner with a few extra calories in the form of dessert!
Amy's new Non-Dairy frozen desserts are the perfect sweet treat after the end of a long day! 
They are a great alternative to regular ice cream whether you are dairy-free or not!
Next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a few Amy's products for those days when you are pressed for time, or are not feeling inspired in the kitchen. You will save yourself time, but won't have to sacrifice taste or health!

Be sure to check out my latest LoziLu post about spring superfoods!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

You bet your bottom dollar that you read the title correctly.
Starting your day with a little chocolate has been scientifically shown to increase the overall quality of your day, and have a significant increase on your overall happiness.

Not really....but I swear it always puts me in a good mood!
Ingredients
Dry
1/3 c. flour
2 tbsp. rolled oats
2/3 tsp. baking powder
A dash of cinnamon and sweetener of you your choice

Wet
1/2 c. chopped strawberries
1/3 c. milk (of your choice)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions
-Prepare large pan with non-stick cooking spray
-In a small-medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk to combine
-Add wet ingredients and mix until just moistened
-Spoon batter onto heated, greased pan
-Cook for 5-8 minutes on each side, or until golden

Top with your favorite chocolate sauce or chocolate nut butter
I used Artisana's Chocolate Paste

Enjoy!

WIAW: Something is Missing

Happy WIAW! It has been awhile since I have done a "daily eats" post! This is mostly because I recently started my eight week long Food Service rotation. I work at a local hospital and get to eat for free (!!!) in the amazing cafeteria there! The food is seriously awesome, especially for hospital food, but I would feel weird whipping out a camera to take pictures of my lunch!

Even though I didn't have a picture from today's lunch, I wanted to share a (partly) day of eats!

After my run, I got my day going with some tasty chocolate-covered strawberry pancakes! Who doesn't like a little chocolate in the morning?! Recipe to come!
Lunch was just a big salad from the hospital salad bar filled with lettuce, Swiss chard, chicken, feta, beets, lentils, barley, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes and hummus. It was quite the combo! I also snacked on an apple mid-afternoon

Dinner included something new!
 I made a "meatball" sandwich topped with marinara and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, and rounded out the meal with some roasted asparagus.
 After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a few home-grown cuties. 

Happy Wednesday!