One of the biggest things that people have a hard time with when they begin a healthy lifestyle is leaving behind convenience foods. We’re so used to just grabbing what we want at the store that we don’t know what to do without that convenience. Well, it’s still possible. In fact, despite my best meal preparations, I find myself on-the-go and in need of quick foods at least 3-5 days a week. Here are my best bets:
- Nuts or seeds: Stores like CVS and Walgreens have single serving sizes of almonds or mixed nuts/seeds for about $1. Just watch out for trail mixes that include dried fruits if you have a sensitive stomach (and dried fruits aren’t usually the healthiest). Also, cashews give some people problems.
- Larabars: The best mainstream snack bar on the market right now. Most flavors have only 3-4 ingredients: a nut, a fruit, and sea salt! You can’t get much more natural than that in a prepackaged snack.
- Fruit: Most places have fruit, whether it’s a single banana or a nice fruit salad. Even if it’s not the cheapest option, it may be the healthiest.
- Plain yogurt: Sure, it takes some getting used to, but plain yogurt is the only way to go. Flavored yogurts are about as healthy as candy. Pick up some granola or blueberries to sprinkle on top for natural flavor and texture.
- String cheese: It can be fairly processed so it may not be THE healthiest option, but they give you the calcium and protein that you need for a pick-me-up. Go for mozzarella or cheddar, which have lower levels of lactose.