Even before Mini Glutton arrived, I’ve always been a busy person. A person who you would often catch eating in the car (at a red light, of course), over the sink, or at her desk. While I’d have a few moments throughout the week when I could prepare some food, I rarely had two hands to eat it. Now I almost never have two hands – and my baby’s been covered in spaghetti sauce to prove it. So I’ve gathered up a few quick and easy foods that you can whip together for when you have no time and find yourself eating with one hand!
Start the Day Off on the Right…Hand. Since it’s the only one you have available.
Nothing screams eating with one hand like a good cookie. And while I’d love to use busy-ness to justify stuffing my face with chocolate chip cookies, there are better options out there. Like these gorgeous Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies from Cooking on the Front Burner:
And if you’re a busy breastfeeding mama, then check out my Healthy Snack Cookies, with brewers yeast and flax seeds. Ingredients to support your health and supply, while only taking up one hand of real estate:
If you need a little more decadence in your life, then go for this Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Wyldflour. Holy Canoli! You can wrap individual slices in plastic wrap for a grab and go snack. A little chocolate might even boost your mood since you’re probably cranky that you don’t have enough hands…
Drink your food through a straw…then you need NO hands!
A good smoothie can do wonders when you’re tired, busy, and strapped for time and/or hands. I’ve been more interested in them since Mr. Glutton got me a blender for Mother’s Day. A blender. My first Mother’s Day. I’m not that much of a foodie. Anyway…
Invest in a blender with some single serving containers so you don’t even have to pour. You can also freeze ingredients in a Ziploc and then just drop in, blend, and sip! Aim for a small list of ingredients that pack a huge flavor punch – like this Blackberry Coconut Smoothie from Girl Heart Food:
If you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed, you can always take a mental vacation with this Tropical Smoothie from The Texas Peach:
Snacks are your new best friend! Plus, you only need one hand for dipping!
Busy people have a hard time justifying or remembering to eat full meals. What new mother, student or busy employee has time to sit down for something with “courses”. Courses!? Isn’t that a school term? Sounds like work. No thanks.
Hummus is my new best friend. It’s packed with protein and lots of flavor. And no one said it has to be plain boring garbanzo bean hummus (though that’s pretty good too). Try this amazing Black Bean Hummus from 918 Plate (bonus points for no tahini, because not everyone has that around) or my White Bean Pesto Hummus.
Go ahead and stock up on some easy dippers for your hummus. Something you can just grab from the fridge or pantry, or pre-pack into baggies. Pita bread, chips, pretzels, carrots, celery, or these good-for-you Kale Rosemary Super Seed Crackers from Tasting Page:
“Lettuce” not forget some veggies.
I’m sorry about the salad pun, but they’re great choices for busy you. You can prep a few salads at a time and when you’re ready to eat, grab one from the fridge and just pour on the dressing. If you need two hands for a salad, something went wrong when you cut the vegetables.
I’m all about fruit or cheese in salads. So my top two picks are the super-creative Strawberry Salad with Guava Vinaigrette from A Sassy Spoon or the cheesy, sweet and tart Quick Caprese Salad from Living Sweet Moments.
If you’re all about veggies and less about forks, go for some simple and classic Basic Edamame from Elephantastic Vegan. You can even eat it right over the garbage and not have to worry about where to put the pods.
Sometimes you want something that resembles a hearty dinner.
When snack food or food from the fridge just isn’t going to cut it, there are still options that fit in the palm of your hand. Like a delicious Easy Chicken Pot Pie Hand Pie from Two Healthy Kitchens. First of all, hand is in the name, so it’s looking promising. Also, you can prep a bunch ahead and keep them in your freezer – you’re very own healthy hot pocket.
The other thing I noticed about being busy is that I often eat alone. After all, if there was another person around, I could probably ask for help and use both hands. The crappy thing about eating alone often is if you make a big batch of something, you’re eating it ALL. THE. TIME. So, when you want something hearty, just for number one, microwave yourself a Pizza in a Mug from The Typical Mom, because, pizza…
And there you have it, folks. If you’re the busiest you’ve ever been or someone tied one hand behind your back, you can still enjoy real, delicious, hearty food. Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments, since I don’t think I’ll be getting my other hand back for a few years!