I know many of us are constantly pressed for time. That is usually one of the top challenges people face when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have faced these challenges myself and continue to learn, improvise and make it work! Here are some fast healthy meal ideas from my kitchen to yours. These are all unplanned, improvised meals that I made on the fly using whatever I had on hand. You can also follow me on instagram (@lovelindawagner) to see these tips and recipes in real time! I hope these inspire you to make it work, even when you are pressed for time!
Fast Healthy Meal Ideas
Beverages (from left to right):
I’ve shared this Detox Tea recipe before but if you are pressed for time, simply pour hot water over thinly sliced lemons and ginger!
Bai5 is my new obsession!! It’s all natural, delicious, LOADED with antioxidants and only 10 calories per bottle! Sometimes you just don’t feel like drinking plain water and these are a great, healthy way to stay hydrated! I found the 5 flavor sample pack which has clementine, coconut, pomegranate, dragonfruit, and blueberry at Costco!
I love this Fat Dissolver Juice but when I’m pressed for time or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, I just make plain fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin, weight loss, blood pressure, and fat metabolism!
I always have Ezekiel bread and english muffins on hand. They are so much more nutritious than regular white or wheat bread and digest cleanly and easily. I love the cinnamon raisin english muffins toasted then smeared with almond butter, sliced bananas, goji berries, cacoa nibs, and a drizzle of honey. If you don’t already have them, I recommend always having goji berries, cacoa nibs, and honey in the pantry. One bag of each the cacoa nibs and goji berries has lasted me almost two years so a little goes a long way! These superfoods add extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are wonderful for your skin and energy levels. They also will help to keep you full and satisfied longer! That being said, if you don’t have superfoods and are not interested in trying them, an ezekiel muffin with almond butter and sliced fruit is still fabulous!!
Cultured yogurt or kefir is another great thing to have on hand. Both are loaded with beneficial probiotics and make the perfect snack or breakfast. You can have it plain or add fruit and superfoods like I did. Again, just use what you have on hand. I had fresh berries (you could also use frozen), honey, and a sprinkle of bee pollen. Bee pollen is another one of those superfoods that will last a VERY long time. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve had mine! I keep it in the fridge to help it stay fresh. If you don’t have any fruit or superfoods, don’t worry, having your yogurt or kefir plain is still so much healthier than sugary cereal, a candy bar, or cookies! Having healthy items in the fridge and pantry just ensures that you make healthier choices 😉
*If you would like more info on getting started with superfoods, start here. Remember, do what you can with what you have. You don’t have to have superfoods to live a healthy lifestyle but they are something that you can keep in the pantry to give your everyday foods a little boost!! You can see all the superfoods mentioned in this article here and get $10 off your order with the code WAG472. Most of these items can also be found at your local health food store or Trader Joe’s!
Eggs are one of my favorite protein sources and another staple that I always have. They provide protein, omega fatty acids, and amino acids that support the health of your entire body! I love them sunny side up over ezekiel english muffins with whatever greens I have on hand, fresh tomatoes, avocado slices and lots of hot sauce! I have this for breakfast or lunch ALL THE TIME. It literally takes less than 10 minutes to make and tastes amazing!! If you need to take it to work or on the go, just be sure to cook the yolk completely so you don’t end up with a runny mess on your hands!
Another egg dish I love are fritattas (see recipe insipration here). I typically just use whatever leftover veggies I have and it always turns out great! Fritattas keep well as leftovers too!
I always try to have salad ingredients on hand as well:
- greens – romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, etc
- fresh veggies – cherry tomatoes, avocados, shredded carrots, yellow squash, cucumber, purple cabbage
- nuts/seeds/dried fruit – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, slivered almonds
- protein – usually whatever is leftover: grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, salmon, steak
Just throw whatever you have together in a large bowl with your favorite salad dressing and you’ve got a super healthy meal in minutes!
Another staple in our house is the “leftover bowl”. Basically you just make quinoa and top it with leftovers from the week! This one was leftovers from fajitas that we had made earlier. Quinoa, whipped black beans, charred onion & bell peppers, corn with chili, lime & cilantro, fresh avocado slices and grape tomatoes.
A big part of eating healthy is making sure you have healthy foods around you. It’s like the quote “surround yourself with only the people who are going to lift you higher”, the same applies to food. Surround yourself with the food that is going to take you toward your goals; toward the health and the body you want!
I hope these fast healthy meal ideas help to inspire you to be prepared and improvise with what you have! xo
You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here, enjoy!!
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