Let’s be honest here — I’m no gourmet chef. Sure, on the weekends my wife and I love to host friends for brunch and put together a beautiful spread, but most of the time I’m a very utilitarian cook. Here’s how I throw things together quickly while getting approval from my nutritionist:

Fresh and delicious

avocado toast

Have time to hit the store on your way home? Try these ideas.

  • A slice of avocado on toast with a little pepper is delicious and satisfying
  • Slices of tomato with a sprinkle of olive oil, feta cheese, or basil
  • Yogurt topped with seeds and fruit is a great treat, just watch out for hidden sugar
  • Cantaloupe can be eaten alone or part of a delicious fruit salad
  • I slice up tortillas, drizzle them with oil and bake them for chips that are fast and a little healthier

baggies full of nutsOn the go

You’re hungry and in a rush. Toss these in your bag for later.

  • Grab a banana and you’re on your way
  • Pack a bag full of edamame
  • Peanut butter pretzels don’t seem very healthy, but they’re great at keeping me from getting hangry
  • I love the sweetness and satisfying crunch of baby carrots
  • Peanuts and dried fruit are tasty and packed with protein

roasted chick peas in a bowlSafe to stock up on

We’ve all come home ravenous with hunger only to realized we haven’t gone grocery shopping in weeks. All is not lost.

  • Popcorn is healthy and delicious; I love to add a little spice
  • Keep some shrimp in your freezer for a fancy snack
  • Bagel from the freezer + tomato sauce + spices is totally acceptable as a mini pizza
  • White bean spread – if you have a can of white beans, spices, and a stove, you’re all set
  • Roasted chick peas – same as above, but a can of chick peas

kale on a baking sheet ready to go into the ovenEasy recipes

Online recipes manage to make everything as complicated as possible. Here are a few that stick with the basics.

About Cori Carl

As Director, Cori develops our comprehensive global communications and development strategy. She’s constantly tweaking our services based on data-driven marketing metrics and feedback from caregivers. She works to grow our community and build the reputation of The Caregiver Space by amplifying the message on social media, cultivating relationships with experts, creating organizational partnerships, and earning media coverage. She’s an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for Caregivers.

Cori joined The Caregiver Space after a decade of serving as a communications consultant for a number of nonprofit organizations and corporations furthering sustainable energy and urban planning solutions.

Cori has an MA in Corporate Communications from Baruch College at CUNY and a BA in Media Studies from Eugene Lang College at the New School University. She divides her time between Brooklyn and Toronto.