Dietitians’ Top 10 “Convenience” Health Foods
Healthy eating starts with what you put in your cart. You can’t go wrong with keeping these staples on your grocery list to make healthy eating convenient for your busy lifestyle. Cooper Clinic dietitians weigh in with their favorite Top 10 Convenience Health Foods.
- Fresh fruit. Fruit is the world’s “original” fast food. Pick a variety for meals and snacks.
- Bagged salad greens. Throw a salad together in a pinch. These pre-washed greens can be served up as a side dish or main entrée with chopped chicken or canned tuna.
- Fish fillets. Individually frozen fish filets (salmon, cod, halibut, sole, and tilapia) are lean proteins and take just a few minutes to broil.
- Whole grains. Frozen corn and 90-second brown rice are good sources of fiber, low sodium, and healthy sides to compliment your meal.
- Yogurt. Select nonfat Greek yogurt for a high protein snack or after-dinner treat with fresh fruit topping.
- Frozen vegetables. Pop these in the microwave for a quick side dish.
- Canned beans. Simply rinse to reduce sodium by 40% and add to salads, soups and stews.
- Canned tomatoes. Buy low-sodium tomatoes to add to pasta, soups, sauces and casseroles.
- Nuts. One small handful of nuts is a perfect snack to carry you to the next meal.
- Oatmeal. One of dietitian’s top-pick cereals as a filling source of fiber and heart healthy breakfast that takes only a few minutes to cook in the microwave.
To learn more tips and advice from Cooper Clinic Dietitians, join us March 2 for the Cooper Nutrition Expo! With 40-plus vendors and new products all devoted to your good health, this event is FREE and open to the public. View more details and the list of vendors here.