It can be difficult for you to keep on top of the food you eat, especially if you have a busy lifestyle and don’t have enough time to prepare healthy meals for yourself or your family on a regular basis.
For this reason, we often rely on what we can get quickly or can make quickly. This could have a bad effect on our health if we aren’t eating the right foods. Fortunately, there are meal options that are not only quick for you to make but also can help to keep you healthy.
Here, I’ve focused on some that can be eaten cold and can be taken for lunch.
Oats are a great option if you’re looking for something healthy to start your busy day, although they can be eaten for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is because oats are a healthy source of carbs, and they contain a lot of fiber which can help with digestion.
Oats also provide a healthy dose of protein and other types of nutrients that can help regulate blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Adding a few bits of fruit can also enhance your meal. There are a lot of recipes online that you can find to make a great meal. One example is overnight oats, which can be eaten cold. If you’re looking for something for your sweet tooth, you can make these no bake cookies. Be aware that they do contain a fair bit of sugar, though!
Yogurt is a healthy meal option, as it contains probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that help improve digestion and your immune system. Yogurt meals can also have a low-calorie count and are a great source of calcium and protein. It can be eaten in many forms, including plain yogurt, frozen yogurt, granola toppings, fruit toppings, honey/agave syrup topping, granola bars, or even smoothies!
If you’re looking for a quick lunch or something for dinner, pasta salads can be a great option if you’re looking for something healthy. You can add a variety of vegetables along with protein such as lean meats and healthy fats.
Pasta salads can be a healthy option for a lot of reasons. It’s also easier to eat pasta salads without worrying about getting too hungry because the carbs from the pasta fill you up. There are also some great options out there with plenty of protein and fiber, such as lentil pasta.
Stir fry is a popular and quick meal to make either from the fridge or freezer. It usually consists of vegetables, meat, noodles, and rice. When stir fry is made properly, it has a variety of vitamins and minerals. Some of the health benefits of stir fry include; antioxidants, folate, iron, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium.
There are many different quick and easy recipes that can be used to make your stir fry meal that can be found online. The recipes for stir fry often differ, so you can make different types of stir fry meals that you can have for either lunch or dinner. You can also make cold dishes with stir fry that can easily be taken for lunch.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated–see what easy meals you can prepare that will keep you happy and satisfied.
Have questions? Comments? I would love to hear what you think below!
Jinan Banna, PhD, RD is the founder of Jinan Banna LLC and an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Hawaii. Her research interest is in obesity prevention. Jinan helps working women to lose weight so that they can feel confident and energetic by offering free information on her blog, as well as nutrition coaching. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Nutritional Biology. She is also a registered dietitian.