When most people think of convenience foods they immediately think of fast food, drive through restaurants, microwave meals and all the other pre-packaged, high salt and processed foods that on occasion can come in handy however should not be eaten three meals a day, seven days a week.
I would like to just give you another perspective if I may. Convenience foods doesn’t have to mean high salt, high sugar and high in saturated fats. It can mean quick, delicious and nutritious.
Here are some foods that definitely come under the convenience category:-
- Fruit – by far the most quickest, simplest and most convenient food. Packed full of antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in a rainbow colour variety of fruit will surely be getting a tonne of essential goodness.
- Oats – The breakfast of champions. Quick and easy (especially now with a microwave), oats are full of good complex carbohydrates, fibre and other B vitamins. A great start to the day.
- Eggs – definitely versatile fast food. They supply all essential amino acids and provide several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B2 and folic acid to name but a few. From rustling up a quick veggie omelette to the simple boiled egg, eggs are definitely one for the weekly shopping list.
- Frozen fruit and veg. It only takes a couple of minutes to microwave some frozen peas, mixed vegetables or mini corn on the cob and you are towards your 5 a day .
- Stir Fry – one of the most quickest meals that can be cooked and served up in under 5 minutes and with all those lovely veggies you can’t go wrong.
- Salad or vegetable strips – These are so quick to prepare and go with any accompanying meal. A great addition to add wholesome bulk to your meals.
- Smoothie or a glass (150ml) of unsweetened 100% fruit juice – Great for a quick vitamin C blast.
I hope I have given you a few points to consider and maybe change your perspective a little on convenience foods that are wholesome and nutritious and making some small changes will give you big benefits.