As a busy mom of three, I always need quick, easy and healthy meal ideas. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, mealtime can be pure chaos. I love it when meals are not just yummy and healthy, but are quick too. My friend Katherine was so kind to share five healthy meals that you can make in less than 10 minutes– and that your kiddos will enjoy too!
Hi there friend! I’m so excited to be sharing this little space on the interwebz with you! My name is Katherine, and I work with women to create fit lifestyles that don’t require cheat days by helping them joyfully eat and move in a way that gets results. As a personal trainer, Precision Nutrition coach, eating disorder survivor, and former competitive athlete, I’m super passionate helping women get OFF the emotional roller coaster of restrictive eating and over-exercising. Trust me, friend; the world is so much better outside of restriction!
One of the most important ways to get away from restrictive eating habits is to plan. If you’re anything like me, life is crazy, and that craziness can get in the way of eating, healthy or otherwise. When work is insane, kids are screaming, laundry is coming out of the washing machines, and the dog needs a walk, the last thing on your mind is a nutritious lunch. My friend, you are NOT alone.
To help out, I’ve put together five of my go-to healthy meal options that you can throw together in less than ten minutes. Each meal includes protein and lots of veggies, with options to add additional carbs based on your individual needs
5 Healthy Meals Ready In Less Than Ten Minutes
Egg white and veggie scramble
Toss pre-sliced mushrooms and fresh spinach into a frying pan with salt free seasoning. Cook until the mushrooms are browned and softened. Add egg whites and a whole egg (if you’d like to add some more fat to your meal) and scramble!
Top with avocado, salsa, cheese, or with some frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes.
“Stir fried” chicken
Add pre-cooked chicken (either from weekly meal prep or purchased-I like Trader Joe’s “Just Chicken”) and pre-chopped veggies to a pan with soy sauce, teriyaki, or a little bit of Asian style salad dressing. Sauté until the veggies are softened.
Serve with rice, cauliflower rice, or spinach.
90 second protein shake
For those times when you want something sweeter, combine 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 cup frozen spinach, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth!
Top with cacao nibs, chia seeds, extra fruit, granola, or anything that sounds good.
Chopped salad with deli meat
This is my go-to during the week! Combine pre-chopped veggies in a bowl with your favorite dressing and add less-processed deli meat (I like the Applegate brand).
I love this option, because it emphasizes that perfect simply can’t be the enemy of good enough. Is deli meat the best protein option? Of course not. But is it convenient? Yes.
I firmly believe this is not a cop out. It’s super important to plan to be crazy busy. That’s why I use Freshly.
I order Freshly meals about once a month to have on hand when I don’t have time (or energy) to cook anything. Their options are high in protein, gluten free, and always include veggies. Throw a tray into the microwave for two minutes and call it good.
Try it out with the link above and nab a week’s worth of meals for free.
And for those times when I don’t want or need a full meal, I aways:
- Keep greek yogurt in the fridge for on-the-go protein
- Stock up on at least one type of turkey or beef jerky around in case I need a quick energy boost
- Choose fruits that don’t require a lot of work: grapes can be frozen in zip lock bags for a grap-and-go snack and apples eaten without any chopping
Using these options, you can be sure to get good food on board without any extra stress. For more nutrition guidance, don’t miss my checklist for eating for fat loss. This will help you turn any meal into a meal that fits your nutrition goals.
What’s your go-to meal when you’re busy?