There’s a reason meal-prepping is so popular these days-it’s one of the easiest ways to save time during the busy week while keeping up with healthy eating habits. If the thought of meal-prepping evokes images of spending half your weekend in the kitchen, we’re here to convince you otherwise. With help from a few healthy grocery-store convenience items-like preprepped veggies, cooked grains, healthy frozen foods and bottled dressing-you can meal-prep a week’s worth of lunches in as little as 15 minutes.
Healthy Convenience Items = Fast Meal Prep
Take advantage of precut ingredients from the produce section (think spiralized zucchini noodles or bagged greens) to cut down on prep time. Opt for parcooked whole grains or swap in microwavable brown rice or quinoa pouches. Add protein with store-bought rotisserie chicken, frozen cooked shrimp or low-sodium canned beans. If you go for items like frozen meatballs, bottled salad dressing or jarred pasta sauce, compare nutrition labels and ingredient lists and go for the option with less sodium, added sugars and partially hydrogenated oils.