One of my favorite grocery stores is Trader Joe’s. They sell fresh, healthy and organic foods that are delicious. They also have a variety of things AND they regularly bring in new products to keep you entertained. I often find myself buying “ready to go” foods there as they can be pretty healthy too! Of course, fresh food or made from scratch meals are the best ( no doubt about that!!!) but when you’re exhausted and don’t feel like cooking for 45 mins, you can definitely pick some things up that will fill you up, taste good and won’t raise your cholesterol too much ;)
Are you ready for my first ready to go pick?! I will be adding a bunch of “ready to go” foods as we go.
You can find this in the frozen section in Trader Joe’s, the aisle where they keep all the sweets too!
Introducing a quick ready to go Italian meal – Penne Arrabiata. You buy it frozen, in a bag. All you have to do is throw the bag contents into a pan and cook on medium heat until the sauce melts. Easy and it tastes great, a little spicy too.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “yeahhhhhhh freaking right. What kind of a dietitian would recommend eating a bunch of pasta?” Hey, this is way better for you than fast food! and I encourage you to stick to just one serving size. Here is the nutrition label if you’re wondering what the damage is:
So here is a little tip that I came up with. Want more protein from this meal? Add two hard boiled eggs into the mix.
Yup, cook your eggs up, slice them in halves and throw them into the pasta. I usually throw my eggs into boiling water and keep them in there for 8-10 mins. They taste really good with the spicy sauce. Heart conscious? Get rid of the yolks and add the whites only. That will bump up your protein amount by ~12 grams! Assuming you’re consuming 1 cup of the pasta, that’s almost 20 grams of protein in one meal. An average person requires about 0.8 of protein/kg of body weight. Note that one serving of this pasta contains 470 mg of sodium (We only need 1500-2000 mg per day), however, I can assure you that this is a lot less than what you’d get when eating out.
What are some of your favorite ready to go foods?