One of the greatest barriers to healthy eating that I hear all the time is: “I just don’t have time!” If you can relate, then I’m excited to help make your life a little bit easier by sharing a few 5-minute meal ideas so you can focus on good nutrition even with a time crunch. But, before we dive in, let me first set some meal-building foundations that will help moving forward.
When we set out to create a meal, it can be helpful to set an intention for the meal. Ask yourself, ‘what am I hoping to accomplish or get out of my food?’ Your answers may vary, but you likely want to at least get satisfaction out of your meal. We can achieve this ‘satiety’ by creating well-balanced meals, meaning there is variety of nutrients (macro and micro) being represented. I like to aim for four different categories with my meals to ensure a good balance of nutrients. These include protein, carbs, fat and veggies.
Once we have these categories, we can list out foods that fall under each one to help us with our meal planning process. Some options require minimal prep and hassle, which is what we are going to focus on for today’s topic.
Here are some low-hassle food ideas for each category: