Posted November 17, 2017 by Kristin Kullberg

"Quick" and "easy" are the favorite words of a busy athlete when it comes to preparing healthy food. Not everyone likes "meal prep" and eating the same re-heated meals all week, but having healthy foods that are easily accessible is key to staying on track during your busy days.  These supermarket shortcuts will make healthy eating so simple!

SHORTCUT 1 : Use pre-cooked ingredients
-Rotisserie chicken: Use in soups, salads, and enchiladas, or make a grain bowl with rice or quinoa and add veggies, beans, and avocado
-Quinoa and rice: find the steamable bags in the freezer section; simply steam in the microwave for a few minutes and voila!
-Frozen veggies: same as above, the steamable bags are a quick way to prepare veggies!
-Starkist tuna packets: these little pouches require no cooking; put between two slices of whole grain bread for a tuna sandwich, add to a salad, mix in with rice, or simply eat alone as a snack!

SHORTCUT 2: Use pre-cut veggies
They may be a bit more expensive, but having pre-cut veggies on hand, like mushrooms, onion, and bell peppers, makes it super easy to build a salad, rice bowl, omelet, you name it! No prep, no mess.
-Salad kits: These convenient salads in a bag have everything you need packaged together, just dump in a bowl and top with dressing (just be careful, the provided dressing may not be the healthiest)
-Carrot and celery sticks make a great snack. Dip in single serving packets of hummus or guac for a quick, healthy snack!

Although fresh meat is always the best option, I understand that it isn't always feasible when you're busy. Just look for options that are as close to natural as possible with no preservatives.
-Grilled chicken strips: you can sometimes find pre-cooked packages that are easy to add to a salad, bowl, or eat alone
-Chicken sausages: add to a potato hash, eat for breakfast, add to whole-wheat pasta or brown rice, whatever floats your boat
-Low-sodium, natural deli meats

Hope you find these tips helpful! Happy grocery shopping!