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Do Healthy Convenience Foods Exist?

By Sara Butler

When you're looking to eat a more healthy and balanced diet, the first things you think of are often fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Convenience foods often become the last thing you want to turn to when trying to eat healthy because so many of them are loaded with fat, sugar, and highly refined and processed carbohydrates that simply aren't good for you. While avoiding the middle aisles at the grocery store is generally a good strategy, there are some healthy things you can find there. When in a pinch, you can lean on these healthy convenience foods to save you time and money.

Canned Beans

Dried beans are often cheaper than the canned variety but they can take forever to soak and cook -- which isn't exactly a convenience. You can find a pretty good amount of protein and fiber in canned beans, making them a fabulous addition to any meal.

Cannellini, pinto, black, kidney, Great Northern beans -- they're all good for you and a great source of nutrition. Simply make sure you're choosing the no added salt variety to cut down on sodium that canned beans can contain. Also, drain and rinse them before eating to reduce any additional salt.

Flaxseed and Oats

You can have a very heart-healthy and convenient breakfast by combining ground flaxseed with old fashioned oats. Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed combined with one cup of cooked oats provide 8 grams of fiber and a dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, too. Make sure to choose old-fashioned oats instead of instant or quick oats to help you get the most fiber and the least amount of salt.


Soup can be a very healthy convenience food if you know how to shop for it. While many soups are full of sodium and fat, you can easily find brands that are lighter in both ingredients. A great option is an organic, non-condensed soup that's made with real vegetables. But make sure you also pay attention to serving sizes, as one can or the carton is often more than one serving and you might be getting more than you bargained for!

Brown Rice

If you're looking for something packed with nutrients and versatile, then reach for brown rice. It makes a great side to any dish and is a whole grain that adds a lot of much-needed fiber to your diet.

Eating healthy can be complicated, but there are some convenience foods that can help you achieve your healthy eating goals!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy, Utah.

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