Busy people need healthy meal ideas to keep up their stamina! People working long hours often neglect healthy eating habits and adopt a fast-food lifestyle. However, preparing healthy meals is a snap to incorporate no matter the demands on your time.
You'll need the essentials in your pantry and refrigerator. At the market, stock up on fresh vegetables and fruits. For snacks, apples, bananas, grapes and berries are nutritious and easy to use since they can be eaten pretty much as is (once they've been washed). Vegetables should form a rainbow! Red veggies like red bell peppers and tomatoes are high in vitamin C. Stick with green leaf lettuces for your salads and forget about iceberg lettuce as it's non-nutritional. Choose lettuces that are dark in color and have large leaves. Pick up spinach, chard, cabbage (both purple and green), onions and garlic.
Your pantry should contain the basic staples: brown rice, whole wheat pastas and high-fiber breads. When you think of carbs, remember that density is important. Read the labels and make sure you're getting plenty of fiber. Stock up on dry beans, too. You can't go wrong with beans as they are inexpensive, easy to prepare and delicious. Keep cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and organic milk in your refrigerator.
Simple meals are the ideal way to go when you're in a hurry. From your stock, prepare rice and bean dishes with a salad on the side. Cut up fruit and store it in the refrigerator. Sprinkle with poppy seeds, a touch of honey and you are good to go! Roll thinly sliced ham with Munster cheese for a tasty snack. Pastas can be prepared ahead of time, mixed with the raw veggies of your choice and drizzled with a low-fat dressing, and stored in the refrigerator for a yummy meal. Grill two or three different veggies, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil and a touch of sea salt.