I go through periods where I love to cook, bake, and prepare healthy foods. And then I go through other periods where I just can’t be bothered. I’m going through the latter right now. Heck, I don’t even want to make smoothies because it would require cleaning the blender. But here’s how I’ve been staying clean without spending a fortune on prepared foods.
No Prep Required
1.) Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. As long as you keep portion sizes in mind this really is one of the best “no effort needed” snacks. I personally like the single portion sized bags.
2.) You can find healthy and cheap snacks at the store when you’re on-the-go. Check out my guide to healthy convenience foods.
3.) Other than rinsing, most fruits don’t require any prep work (save for cantaloupes and other large ones). And they’re so flavorful that you don’t need to add anything else for it to be satisfying.
4.) Many people think of celery, bell peppers, and hummus when they think of clean eating. That makes me shudder! There are veggies that are super tasty all on their own and don’t require a dip to cover up a lack of flavor. One of my favorite snacks is frozen peas! Yep, straight out of the bag. Reminds me of Dippin’ Dots. Baby carrots are another favorite of mine.
Minimal Preparation Needed
5.) Need a quick dinner? Frozen turkey/chicken burgers are so easy to make. Just pop them on the stove for about 5 minutes and you’re done! Just make sure to read the box to check that there are no unnatural ingredients or excess sodium. Serve on a bed of lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil for the perfect lazy meal.
6.) Whether you throw them in the microwave or cook them for a bit more flavor, frozen veggies are your best friend. I especially love browned green beans!
7.) This recipe for Warm Banana Chia Pudding takes just 2 minutes of prep and 2 minutes of cook time before you have yourself a satisfying treat! Perfect for the cold weather ahead!
8.) Eggs are such an easy food to make, but they can easily get boring as well. Spice them up! I’ve found that omelets and scrambled eggs are a great place to throw in veggies that you would otherwise throw out. Mushy tomatoes take on the taste of sun-dried tomatoes if you throw them in. Wilted greens are the perfect addition for some extra texture (and throw in some basil for good measure!)