18 Make-Ahead Meals And Snacks To Eat Healthy Without Even Trying
This no-fuss food will help you stay fit and energized!
1. Pre-Made Smoothie Packages
Who feels up to making a big breakfast at 6 am before heading off to work? None of us, am I right? These pre-packaged smoothie packs will help you immensely every morning. Put your favorite healthy ingredients into a ziplock bag, such as spinach, kale, and chia seeds, add in the fruit of your choice and some plain greek yogurt. Then, when you're rubbing the sleep from your eyes early on in the A.M., throw one of these packs in a blender, add some almond milk or another beverage of your choice and you'll be set to go! Sip this baby as you're putting on your mascara or on your way to work - very easy, quick, and portable!
2. Avocado and Salmon Salad
This one is easy - throw some smoked salmon, low-fat greek yogurt, and a little balsamic in a blender to whip up some refrigeratable salmon salad. Pre-cut and pit an avocado (pro-tip: keep these in the fridge in a container with water to keep them green and fresh!), and then in the morning when you're running late you can just grab your containers and you'll have an easy and delicious lunch ready to throw together at work!
3. Nut Butter Ants on a Log
We all remember ants on a log - try this adult twist by putting healthy nut butter on pieces of celery (or even apples if you're not a celery fan!), and then covering alternating pieces with raisins, craisins, or almonds. High in protein and very filling.
4. Protein and Vegetables
Who doesn't love chicken and vegetables? This suggestion is quick and versatile - throw some grilled chicken and steamed veggies into a few different containers and you can have a fun new meal a few days in a row! Add your favorite sauces on top (balsamic, BBQ, buffalo... options are endless), or maybe throw in some quinoa or whole grain noodles to mix things up!
5. Easy Chicken Salad Mix
One of our FAVORITE meals is chicken salad. So delicious, so easy - and definitely a healthy option if you use the right ingredients. Have you ever thought how easy it could be to mix these up in a blender? Throw in some shredded chicken, some plain greek yogurt (instead of mayonnaise!) or even get fancy and do something fun - our suggestion, honey balsamic vinaigrette! The trick here? Add in some fruit - maybe apples, grapes, or craisins. Truly makes for a sweet and savory meal. These are easy to throw into little containers, and grab on the go. You can eat them with a fork, put them on a whole-wheat wrap, or even on lettuce for a delicious and gluten-free option!
6. Mason Jar Hummus Dippers
We all know how trendy these mason jars are - have you ever realized how great they can be for transporting food? Put a few dollops of your favorite dip (our recommendation - hummus, which is high in protein and vitamins), stick in a few carrots or pieces of celery, and you're set to throw it in your purse for a mid-day snack!
7. Mason Jar Breakfasts
Another great use for mason jars - pre-pack your breakfast! Throw some low-fat greek yogurt, all your favorite fruits, some oats and granola, and a little honey into a jar. These make a delicious on-the-go breakfast or a great mid-day pick me up snack!
8. Taco Salad in a Jar
Who doesn't love a good taco? This taco salad is easy to make - toss in some salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, corn, your favorite taco meat, and top with some tortilla strips. Dump it onto a plate at work and you've got quite the tasty meal ready to eat!
9. Mason Jar Salads
Another great use for mason jars - your salads! Toss in your favorite light dressing, throw in your vegetables and protein, and then top with your lettuce, spinach, or kale. This prevents everything from getting too soggy by lunchtime, and is portable and delicious!
10. Mason Jar Pastas
Final mason jar suggestion - we swear (but really, we can't get enough of these handy containers)! Making a big pot of whole-grain pasta over the weekend is easy - throw on some tunes and stir up! Then throw the pasta into separate mason jars and add a variety of different ingredients to each (veggies, protein, etc.). Spread a little sauce over it the morning of and you're set. Easy and delicious!
11. Trail Mix
An oldie but a goodie! Mix up your favorite ingredients - almonds, pecans, walnuts, cranberries, banana chips, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, granola, popcorn, cheerios or pretzels, and maybe even some dark chocolate chips! That's all you need for this mid-day pick me up!
12. Lettuce Roll-Ups
These are as easy as they come! Lay down some lettuce, top it with your favorite meat, cheese, or veggies and then just roll it up! You can hold it in place with a toothpick, throw a few into a container, and grab it on the go for a guilt-free meal.
13. Chickpea Salad
Throw chickpeas into a container with your other favorite veggies: spinach, cucumbers, peas, corn, tomatoes - honestly your options are endless! Easy to store, easy to throw in your purse on Monday when you're barely making it out of the door on time!
14. Whole Grain Pita Pockets
Pita pockets are another great option to store your favorite meal in! Whether it's chicken salad, bbq pulled pork, or maybe more of a breakfast option such as veggies and scrambled egg. Whatever you put in there, make sure to pack in the protein and vegetables to keep yourself energized throughout the day!
15. Lentils Chopped Salad
Salads are easy to make and store - here's another version that we love! Throw some lentils and avocado (sprinkle over some cheese to really add some flavor!) on top of your lettuce in a portable container. Done.
16. Stir-Fry Freezer Meals
These are so easy to make and so delicious to eat! Throw your favorite stir-fry ingredients in bags and toss them in the freezer. When you're having a craving, pull them out and reheat them! Quick and simple!
17. Rice Cakes!
Rice cakes are the perfect way to pack in some energy while keeping your calorie count low! Prepackage some fruit, nut butter, or even get fancy and do some pizza or taco ingredients. Grab your rice cakes and your container, and it's an easy fix to an empty stomach!
18. Energy Balls
Have you tried these yet? They are incredible. Just mix your ingredients together (nut butter, oats, flax seed, honey, and dark chocolate chips for example) and throw them in the refrigerator until the set. Then remove them, shape them into little balls, and store in the fridge until you're ready to grab one on the go!