Winter training is ON, and I figure if I'm going to work my body hard in the cold I should be feeding it with nourishing food. However, I don't really cook (I can, it's just not my thing) and grab and go lunches are pretty standard when I'm running from one place to another. Together those are things that don't always add up to nourishing choices! Luckily a few weeks ago I was at yoga class and Tiffany popped by with pots and pots of salad from HiLo. It was pretty tasty stuff - layers and layers of veggies, some meat but not too much and allllll of the flavour. It felt like my body had been hit by a grenade of goodness and I knew it was food like this that my body needs for me to perform at my best. You can only imagine how excited I was when Tiffany turned up at my office a few days later with a bag full of nourishing lunches to keep me going (much to the enormous envy of my colleagues) and it was beyond a treat to have a stack of delicious, quick pots to grab every day.
Look at those hearty layers of green! The Sassy Satay Chicken on the left is my absolute favourite! There's something about the peanut sauce with the rice with the chicken, with the beans, and possibly the fact I ate it after a freezing evening of training, but this is the ONE. Luckily I don't have to choose one, because The HULK (that's the bad boy on the right) is also pretty amazing! You know how sometimes when you microwave pasta it goes a bit 'claggy'? Well that doesn't happen. It stays just the right density, and is covered in delicious, flavourful pesto that maybe makes me want to lick the bowl (really not the way to impress your colleagues...luckily I hid in the corner while I did it). Oh oh and then there's the Jerk Chicken!! Show me someone who does love the flavour of jerk chicken combined with fresh veggies and I show you a lier. It's something else! Now I'm hungry again. Just as well I've got a BEET IT salad pot in the fridge really.
HiLo pots are £5 and stay fresh for 3-4 days, which means you can keep a stash in your office fridge (obviously with a post-it note declaring you've licked them) ready to grab when you get peckish. I think this is the trick to healthy eating, having stuff ready to go when you need it, and even though the pots are more expensive than left overs, if you find yourself nipping to Pret on the regular you'll probably spend the same and probably do a bit of impulse eating too (I see you coconut bars).
There's so much more I could say about HiLo - how fresh the ingredients are, that the pots have up to your 5 a day in a single portion, that they're made in London using British produce, that they're sustainable as well as delicious - but maybe you should check them out for yourself?
What do you eat when you feel like you need to nourish your body?
**Big love to the team at HiLo for feeding me, of course all opinions are my own!