Grocery stores are generally in the same area as fast food joints. So rather than staying into a drive-through, go into the supermarket and stroll through the express line. Most chains have got sections with prepared food, where you can find ready to eat options such as chilled veggie salads and grilled salmon. Other healthy items that do not require preparing include hummus and baby carrots, nuts and mini bananas.
Concept of fast casual is having fresh food faster and establishments that fit the bill are popping up all over. Many of the restaurants serve up freshly prepared meals, like they are made in house, with ingredients which read like a recipe from a healthy cookbook. For instance, the chicken is made from hormone and antibiotic free chicken, rice bran oil, water, cumin, chipotle chili, garlic, black pepper, oregano and salt, some cities even use soybean oil. To be sure of what you are buying, go online, read ingredient lists and always check out the nutrition facts. One of the favorite options to go to is a chipotle salad, made with lettuce, black beans, fajita vegetables, guacamole and mild salsa. Too satisfying and about as clean and quick as it gets.
Pack a meal
If you tend to be stuck with lesser of different evil options, try an insulated lunch sack and toss in a meal you can whip up in a jiffy. For instance, in a sealable container, combine a few handfuls of vegetables such as chopped red onion, grape tomatoes, baby spinach leaves, sliced mushrooms and a small scoop each of chickpeas and quinoa. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and a little extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with Italian herb seasoning, close the lid, shake for 5 minutes and toss it in the bag.
Whipped up options
Smoothies are not just for morning. Preparing one and taking it with you can be a great way to avoid processed alternatives. For the best balance of nutrition and for staying satisfied and full, include a combination of good carbohydrates, healthy fat and lean protein. Reach for a handful of leafy greens and frozen fruit; organic skim or almond milk and a protein powder based on plant such as a dollop of almond butter, pea protein and a small scoop of old fashioned rolled oats. To add aroma, flavor and some extra dose of antioxidants, modify your smoothie with spices, like ginger or cinnamon. For better option, make a few smoothies at a time, put them in the fridge, and then transfer out of the fridge to thaw a bit before you head out the door.
Make ahead re-heats
Many people have time for cooking on weekends, but not so much during the busy week. To resist the temptation to buy fast food or order take out through the week, it is recommended to make homemade frozen dinners, which can be reheated when needed, from chili or soup to stuffed peppers. Simple stews are e more great option. For a single serving, sauté some cups of vegetables in a little virgin olive oil, along with herbs and minced garlic. Add low sodium organic veggie broth, bring to a quick boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Add a small scoop of a healthy starch such as cubed baked sweet potato or wild rice and a cooked lean protein, such as cubed chicken breast, lentils, or extra lean ground turkey. Put into a free freezable container and your future meal will be ready in almost no minutes.