9 QUICK & HEALTHY FOODS FOR BUSY PEOPLE
As I write this, I’m thinking about some friends of mine that are new moms are suddenly find they have no time.
I may not be a mom, but these days I’m packing in about 15 hours of training a week, on top of working full-time. Add family commitments and volunteering to that and spare time has gone to zero.
For most of us, these are the moments where we will reach for the unhealthy foods – because they’re quick and we have no time. I made up my mind that I won’t sacrifice eating healthy, so here are the top 10 foods I make sure to have on hand for those “I’m hungry and I have 5 minutes to eat,” moments.
As a dip for raw veggies or by itself, hummus is a great source of protein. Apparently it’s easy to make (but I don’t) because I find some great organic versions are available. I always have some on hand for that before-dinner snack.
Prep Time: none
8) Hard Boiled Eggs
I learned this one while I was working as a flight attendant almost 10 years ago (wow I feel old). Hard boiled eggs are a great source of protein and keep in the fridge for up to a week. You can even write the date in pencil on an unpeeled egg so you don’t forget.
Prep Time: 10 mins for a dozen eggs
Berries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are packed with anti-oxidants, and are low in fruits sugars. I usually keep several pints in the fridge, and a back of frozen berries in the freezer.
Prep time: 1 minute to wash a pint of berries
Google “smoothie” and you will find 1000 recipes, but the ingredients for my go-to breakfast are always on hand: frozen berries, almond milk, vega one and bananas. To make it even faster in the morning, I usually mix the ingredients the night before so that the berries are thawed.
Prep time: 1 minute to blend a smoothie
5) Kale Salad
You can find this recipe here . It’s packed with nutrients, and lasts for up to 5 daysin the fridge. Most weeks I will make a batch on the weekend and have it for lunches.
Prep Time: 20 minutes to chop and mix a week’s worth of salad
4) Snack Bars
While not ideal in terms of fresh food, there are many bars out there that are coming out that are low in carbs and high in protein. I usually keep one in my purse in case I find myself hungry while out and about. My favorites are Vega, Lara Bars and Clif Bars.
Prep Time: none
Avocado is one of the best sources of healthy fats. I put it on everything from salad to sandwiches to tacos. It’s also delicious by itself with a bit of lime juice and salt. Yum! If you ony want half, leave the pit in the half you put back in the fridge – it keeps it from spoiling.
Prep Time: 3 minutes to cut one avocado
2) Bananas, Apples and Other Fresh Fruits
These are great because they don’t need to be refrigerated. Simply grab and eat!
Prep Time: 1 minute to wash
1) Dry Curd
This is my new favorite way to add protein to pretty much anything. At 22g of protein in only 110 calories, it’s a great addition to leftovers like pasta. By itself it basically tastes like nothing, but I add it to foods that need a protein boost.
Prep Time: One minute to mix in to leftovers or whatever you want 🙂