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So after being back and forth with my eating habits over the past couple of weeks, this last Monday I put my foot down and told myself that I needed to start eating a little healthier – starting with a 5 day cleanse from any processed foods, sugar, coffee, and alcohol. Right now I’m on day 4 – making it to 5 days will most definitely be the longest I’ve ever done anything like this. Who knows – maybe I’ll keep going and make it a full 7 days!
While shopping at Fred Meyer a couple of days ago I purchased a Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit. I found them in a center aisle and liked the idea behind having a meal that’s quick, easy, and balanced – with no measuring required! It’s going to work perfectly this weekend for my lunch while I’m working. Each Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit comes with four pre-portioned and color-coded containers for fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains. All of the sizes were developed in partnership with a Registered Dietitian. Having each container separately makes it easy to warm up part of your meal if you’d like, and they are all placed into a carry box with a lid for convenient storage.
The Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit also come with a recipe book containing 35 recipes to get you started with over a month of lunch ideas. I went ahead and tried it out yesterday – and made a black bean and rice salad with mangos, red peppers, onions, and corn. It was great not having to measure things! All I did was pour each amount into the appropriate container.
Black Bean, Mango, and Rice Salad
What you need:
- Red Peppers
- 1 Can of black beans
- 1 mango
- Olive Oil
Drain the black beans in a colander and rinse. Set aside. Dice the red pepper, onions and place into a skillet along with the corn. Grill or broil until the pepper and onions are tender.
Cook a serving of rice (I used a quick medley rice) and then add it to the grain portion of the Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit. Add the black beans to the protein, mango to the fruit, and the grilled vegetables to the vegetable portion.
Sprinkle the beans or rice with salt, pepper, and olive oil if desired. This can be eaten deconstructed style, or toss in a bowl just before eating and enjoy it warm or cold!
The Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit are $19.99 (Regular Price) with a Limited Low Price at Kroger and Fred Meyer of $14.99…but as you can see I scored an even better deal on mine. 😉
Cheers to 1 (or 3!) more of these tough days. Even when I end though, I’m going to do a better job keeping track of the foods that I’m eating and making sure that they are balanced! Who’s with me? 🙂