It’s best to eat whole foods, which are foods in their natural state. I’m talking about fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, meat, fish, eggs…foods like that. These are foods that have not been processed beyond recognition. These are foods with one ingredient, that come from nature.
But we all have a lot going on. Sometimes it’s just too much work to cook up a fresh meal every time. Am I right?
This is why so many people turn to packaged foods. They’re easy, ready-to-go, and last an eternity in your car or bag. Of course, that “lasting an eternity” thing is the problem – they’ve got all kinds of scary chemicals in there that allow them to do that. Don’t even get me started on what those chemicals are doing to your body…
I get that we only have 24 hours in the day. And if there’s too much prep involved, we’re less likely to eat that particular food. So here’s the healthy way I cut corners so that I eat the right foods:
1. Kale Salad
Buying local is best, and cutting your veggies on the spot is best, but with this pre-cut bag of organic kale, I’m getting kale that’s ready to go, along with carrots and cabbage. Saves me a lot of time in prep + 3 whole ingredients in one = Very Helpful.
2. Quick Oats
Sure, steel cut oats are best, but like many of you, I need to expedite my breakfast, so quick oats it is for me. Whole Foods 365 brand makes a great organic option that is ready to go in just a few minutes – cooking isn’t even necessary! Make cold or hot and let them sit for a couple of minutes to let them soak and you’re good to go.
3. Coleman Naturals The Original Brat Hans Cooked Chicken Breast Strips
Now, I don’t know how many places are carrying this – could be a very new product – and I don’t know what is going on with that name, but I just found it at my local Whole Foods in Silicon Valley and it’s great. This is a package of pre-cooked organic chicken breast with a bit of salt, pepper, and onion and garlic powders. That’s it. No preservatives. Throw ’em on salads, sandwiches, or eat right out of the package. Easy. Tasty.
4. Eden Organics Canned Beans
Ideally, you want to buy dried (not canned) beans and soak them. It’s healthier because they’re fresher, cans have BPA, and the contents of cans typically contain a lot of additives. There is one exception: Eden Organics. Their cans are bpa-free and there are no nasty ingredients. GMO-free since 1993, and one of the last independently owned organic companies, this is one company I’m happy to support.
For snack ideas (not exactly 1 ingredient whole foods, but healthy packaged options for on-the-go, quick refueling), check out some of my older posts:
Food Finds, Part 1 and Part 2
In a Pinch
“I Think There’s Something To This Whole Organic Thing…”
8 responses to “Cutting Corners”
Ooooh that Kale salad looks good, but I don’t think I’ve seen that at my WF. What do you do with it?
It IS good! I steam it and either put it in a smoothie, in soup, or have it with other steamed veggies.
Trader Joe’s has a frozen 2 pack of steel cut oat meal .Just put in microwave -add slivered almonds and blue berry’s.Love your tips. S.M
Thank you! And a great tip from you! Is it organic? And can you prepare on the stove instead of in the microwave?
Trader Joe’s sells an organic baby greens mix with kale and spinach. It’s perfect for salads and smoothies – no steaming necessary – the greens are tender enough. :). Xo – E
Thanks for the tip, E! I haven’t seen organic kale at Trader Joe’s so I’ll have to look for this. In general, I like to cook my cruciferous vegetables – I steam them quickly so as not to overcook – but I also get that there are a lot of benefits to a raw diet, too. I would just caution others who might have digestion problems – they might find that steaming broccoli and kale, as well as others like cabbage and cauliflower, is easier on the system. There are benefits to both ways of eating so I think it really comes down to personal preference. 😉
The Original Brat Hans Organic Chicken Breast Strips are available at most Whole Foods Market locations across the country :). We’re glad to hear you enjoyed them! -Shaina with the Original Brat Hans
Well, there you go!! Great news!