Convenience Foods for Easier Healthy Eating – Mind Over Munch Kickstart 2016

Convenience Foods for Easier Healthy Eating – Mind Over Munch Kickstart 2016


Hi munchies. Of course we know the more
whole foods we can get the better. The more we can make on our own the better. But
we don’t always have time to be as perfect as we’d like and that’s okay. Some people say ‘I don’t
have time to prepare food or meal prep’ or whatever it may be and that is allowed.
Some people really don’t have time or maybe some people do have time but they
just have other things I’d rather be doing and that allowed too. You have to
decide what is more worth it your time or your money and for me it’s a little bit of
both, so here are 10 convenience food that could be worth your money if you don’t want to
give our don’t have the time. First-up pre-packaged or pre cut
vegetables and produce. So save yourself the hours each week that you might spend
cutting produce and buy it pre cut. Think about the savings I might spend 50% more
money wise but if I save 3 hours that can be worth it. It depends on you, your
lifestyle, and your needs. Since some of us have taken on the veggie challenge full
time this week these may come in handy. Thumbs up for making veggie cutting less
stressful. Frozen produce. Frozen fruits and vegetables are great options for
quick meals on busy nights. Not only are the vegetables precut but you can store
them for a long time without having to worry about them going bad and using
them up quickly enough. Bagged greens. So bagged greens will save you the time of removing the
stems and cleaning the greens. You really just have to lightly rinse the bagged greens
and they’re ready to go. Precooked chicken either refrigerated or
frozen. So cooking protein is maybe the most daunting part of the meal prep for
me and you can still meal prep with prepackaged chicken whether it is
refrigerated or frozen. Rotisserie chicken. This is a go-to for me. It’s
less processed. I know when it has been cooked. You can buy organic if you’d like and
the meat is ready to be eaten at my convenience. I can either pull the meat
off the chicken at once and have it ready for the week or I can eat the
entire thing as I go. Premade soups. Soups are a savior for me on busy nights when
I literally don’t even have time to throw anything together. I can just pour some soup into a bowl, heat it up, boom easy dinner or at least part of a dinner. I do
caution you to read the labels to make sure that you’re getting a soup that doesn’t
have an unnecessarily high amount of sodium or added ingredients like sugar
and fillers. So already hard boiled eggs. I hate hard boiling eggs. You never
really know if they’re going to work. Even if you do everything exactly right and you still wait for that moment when you peel it open and pray that it’s done and
not over or under boiled. When I buy the hard-boiled eggs at the store not only
are they boiled perfectly they are pre peeled and honestly these are usually
not even more expensive than the whole eggs. Jarred pasta sauce. So nothing quite
compares to a homemade pasta sauce. I love my homemade pasta sauce and when I
do decide to make it I make a lot of it and I freeze it. But when I don’t wanna
make it I just go with the store bought. Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t
have sugar as an added ingredient or too much oil it isn’t necessary. Not all pasta sauces are created equal.
Jazz up your store bought pasta sauce by adding in veggie purees or fresh
vegetables. Canned beans. Convenience at its finest. If you have never cooked
uncooked beans to reconstitute them trust me it takes time and soaking and
preparation and mostly it isn’t hard but it takes time. I always have canned beans in my
pantry. I buy the no salt added or the low sodium versions and then I just
drain and rinse them in a colander before using them so that I am in
control of how they are seasoned it’s like I cooked them myself. Instant brown rice. So
instant or boil in bag brown rice is actually just as nutritious as cooking
the rice traditionally and brown rice is of course a winner in the whole grains
department. Just try to get the plain and not the flavored varieties because they
can have a lot of added sodium and flavor additives. Flavor it yourself instead.
So are you someone that finds convenience foods useful or do you prefer to do it all on your own and spend the time rather than the money? Comment below and let me know. Remember
there is no right or wrong and if these convenience foods can help you stay on
track because you just know you aren’t gonna do it on your own then more power
to you and that is totally cool. Do what works for you and #redefinehealth. I hope
you have a wonderful day and remember it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch.