Healthy Meal on the Go

28 Sep

As I have already mentioned many times, I’m a busy gal.  Before school started and my weekends started filling up like crazy, it was easy for me to post new recipes multiple times a week.  However, as much as we would all love to cook a home-cooked meal or bake something every day, it’s just not possible.  Sometimes we have to suck it up and pick up food while we are out running around doing whatever it is we have to get done.  The problem is that it often seems really hard to find fresh, nutritious food – and even harder to find it at a cheap price.  I mean, remember my Panera post?  $5.50 for a bowl of soup that is filled with sodium and preservatives.  So this post is for those who are determined to eat well and stay within their budget when they have to grab food to go.  It is possible.
Last night, I was in class and Steve sent me a text that he was going to Whole Foods to pick something up for dinner, and asked if I wanted anything for when I got home.  Um, yes!  He knows what I like, so I left him in charge of picking what was for dinner.  When I got home, I saw that he had bought 6 huge pieces of fresh turkey with spices rubbed on (I mean big, thick, meaty pieces), and a half pint of a whole foods specialty salad.  It had brown rice, quinoa, corn, bell peppers, basil, and scallions.  It was such a good, filling, and healthy dinner – we even had leftovers!  The best part is that the grand total was $12.  For two dinners and a lunch. I’ll take $4 for a quality meal any day!    Like many others, I absolutely love Whole Foods prepared food section.  They have so many options – whether you’re looking for pizza, healthy, wheat-free, vegan, comfort food, whatever, they have it and it is all so good!  I also like that they list the ingredients on every single name tag, so you know exactly what you are eating – and it is never scary, always fresh ingredients.  Even if you typically don’t do your food shopping at Whole Foods, if you are looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious lunch or dinner, try popping in.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Don’t you just love our stylish Shop Rite brand paper plates? 😉

These were the BBQ sauces that we gave for our wedding favors. If you're ever in Lake Placid, stop by Tail O' the Pup - they have the best bbq and a really fun atmosphere!

*Please excuse the poor pictures, I was rushing!*

I think this is an important topic that deserves attention, so I’m going to continue to write about how to be healthy when dining out as I come across different situations. 
Stay tuned, I have some recipes coming up that I am very excited about 😉
 
Do you have any go-to spots for fresh, cheap food?

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4 Responses to “Healthy Meal on the Go”

  1. spinach&spice September 29, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Panera often gets a health halo that is pretty deceiving! Whole Foods is a great alternative.. good thinking!

  2. Sarah(everydaysapicnic) September 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I would love to live near to a Whole Foods, but then again my bank balance might not be happy! There are a few high street stores in the UK that do nice salads and sandwiches and a lovely deli a short walk from where I work.

  3. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    I usually will just hit up my local market, I don’t live near a Whole Foods or Panera 🙂

  4. Steve September 30, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    It’s a shame that whole foods gets a bad rap for being expensive because their premade section is no more expansive than Shop Rite but the food is 100 times fresher and tastier. Always a good stop for a quick meal!

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