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Are you looking for easy meals to prepare ahead of time? Maybe it’s too hot to use the oven. No matter the reason, having healthy no-cook meals around can be a less time-consuming alternative throughout your day.
Here are a few recipes you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Oatmeal Jar: Oatmeal jars are a nice, portable meal that can pack enough to give you energy for the whole morning. Using ingredients like fruit and nuts, yogurt and oats, this breakfast is easy to make ahead of time. Be sure to put it in the refrigerator ahead of time so all of the flavors and textures settle together. Here’s one enticing recipe.
Smoothies: By now it’s no surprise or revelation that smoothies, when pack with healthy ingredients, are energy-boosting, filling and tasty all in one. Using fresh fruits with a leafy green like kale or spinach and a protein source like avocado or chia seeds can provide you with sustainable nutrients until lunch time. This recipe uses peanut butter for the protein source.
Tuna Salad: Instead of using the classic mayo/mustard combo, try something similar to this recipe with an olive oil base. This lighter version is a refreshing option on a hot day, or if you don’t like mayonnaise.
Wraps: To avoid the carbs from bread or tortilla wraps, try using whole leaves of lettuce to envelop your veggies. If you want to add meat for protein, you can get a rotisserie chicken (like this recipe) for convenience.
Salads: These can come in so many different varieties, so don’t be afraid to mix it up. You can do something like a Southwest-style salad where all the fixings of tacos are on a bed of lettuce, or you can use a raw veggie medley like this one for a refreshing pasta-like dish.
Cold Soup: Easy, refreshing and filling are just a few reasons cold soups can be your best friend. Using a protein-heavy fruit like the avocado will give it a creamy texture and flavor, and provide good unsaturated fats. Take a look at this cucumber avocado soup.
These are just a few of many non-cooking options for meals throughout your day. With meal prep time scheduled, you’ll be able to eat healthy while not cooking all week. If you’re concerned about your schedule conflicting with eating, take a look at our guide to eating healthy on a busy schedule.