Quick and Healthy Meals for an On-the-Go Schedule
By Staff Writer Published on April 10, 2013
With the invention of fast food restaurants, the idea of eating healthy on-the-go has become virtually non-existent. What healthy meals and snacks can you make when you have precisely 5 minutes to get something together? The options seem limited.
It’s not that there isn’t anything to make, it’s just that fast food makes the whole process a lot less of a hassle. All you have to prepare is your wallet.
This isn’t the best idea for those trying to eat well. Many don’t know what they can prepare to keep them from McDonalds on the way between school and work. The following are a few ideas of quick, healthy, and filling meals you can make when your schedule is too tight to cook.
Homemade Lettuce Wraps
Ever had one of P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps? They are to die for and you can make them easily at home. All you need is iceberg lettuce, cooked ground turkey (which you would prepare the night before and store in the fridge overnight), shredded carrots, 4 scallions (thinly sliced), and teriyaki sauce.
Combine all the ingredients onto one piece of lettuce, fold it up and start eating. The only preparation you need in the moment is putting the wrap together. Heat up the meat if you want it warm.
The meat is packed with protein (to help fight diseases, give energy, regulate processes and produce substances the body needs). The lettuce gives you vitamin C (an antioxidant and protein to help wounds heal). Carrots help clean your teeth and provide you a number of essential nutrients.
You can easily place all of this in small containers, put them in a paper bag and take them to work or school.
Crackers and Avocado
Crackers and cheese are delicious, you know this. They aren’t always the healthiest though, even if they can be filling when you eat enough. Fortunately, you can transform this snack into a healthy, filling, tasty mini-meal to tie you over for a time.
You will need crunchy grain crackers, an avocado, and maybe a few small tomatoes. Fill a plate with individual crackers. Cut the avocado in half, and then cut out small slices (about half the size of the cracker). Place each slice on a cracker. Admire your work for about 2 seconds before chowing down on these crackers.
The crackers will satisfy your hunger and provide a carb boost. The avocados will give you few healthy fats (to burn into energy) and protein. If you like tomatoes then grab some of the very small ones and cut them in half as well.Place a half of tomato on every avocado piece.
This sandwich requires 1/3 of a Cuban bread loaf or a soft white sandwich roll, precooked ham and roast pork, slices of Swiss cheese, sliced dill pickles, and yellow mustard.
Cut the bread in half and lay ham, pork, Swiss cheese, three or four slices of dill pickle, and mustard onto the bottom piece. Replace the top of the bread. Spray a warmed griddle and top of sandwich with canola oil and cook the sandwich until the cheese is melted.
Sometimes you just don’t have very much time to prepare. Having a few handy ingredients around will help you prepare a healthy, filling meal before you hit the road again between work and school.
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