It’s the convenience of convenience food that makes it so easy to reach for instead of taking the time to prepare something healthier. Who hasn’t grabbed a few handfuls of chips or a biscuit or two when you come home from work starving? Investing some time in advance to pre-prep some healthy snacks will make it that much easier to choose the option that’s better for you.
Pre-cut some carrot sticks
Be prepared to chow down on some nutritious carrots and hummus at any time – keep your carrots cut and ready! Pro tip: store your pre-cut carrot sticks in a jar with a lid and some fresh water – it will stop them from drying out. If you have time and a good blender, you can make your own hummus to go with them.
Utilise your muffin tins
Muffins are a great snack when you make them at home – you can pack them full of veggies and use wholemeal flour or flour alternatives to take out the empty carb and refined sugar factor. Think outside the box, too: muffin tin omelettes with egg, ham and a bit of broccoli or veggies of your choice are super easy and super tasty.
Dried beans and chickpea snacks are popping up in the snack aisles of the supermarket more and more these days, and they’re also easy as to make at home. Simply drain and gently dry a tin of chickpeas, broad beans or even peas, add some olive oil and herbs or spices of your choice. Throw them in the oven on 200 °C, and 30-odd minutes later you’ll have yourself a crunchy, healthy treat.
It’s amazing how much convenience can influence our choices, even down to what’s at eye level or within easy reach. When you’re making over your fridge, set yourself up for healthy eating success by putting healthy, fresh and wholefoods at the front where they’re easily visible, and move treat food to the back. It’s definitely OK to treat yourself, but that extra squat and reach might give you time to consider whether you really want that treat right now.
Fitfood’s ready meals and frozen range are perfect for convenience food that also happens to be great for you. Pop a few in the fridge and freezer, ready to save the day next time you find yourself in need of an easy, healthy solution.