Convenience Foods

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I strive to eat healthy, buuuuut I’m also a working mom of 4 with a side business and a blog who enjoys working out and ensuring my kids get to be involved in activities.  So that means convenience is sometimes necessary – but it also needs to be healthy so I can meet my weight loss goals.

I see so many women sharing their Trader Joe’s and Aldi finds on Instagram, but I’m just dealing with what the good Lord gave me – and that’s Walmart. Here are some convenience foods I have found recently  . . .

I love pizza. I usually indulge if it’s the good stuff (Papa John’s, Godfather’s, Valentino’s), but when my kids are making home made pizzas or I pop a frozen pizza in the oven, this is what I cook up for me.  Yes, it tastes different than regular pizza, but it saves on carbs, sugar, and a bunch of processed junk. It tastes really good, too!

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Packaged salad bags are purchased every single shopping trip. You have to eat them quickly before they go bad, so it encourages us to eat a salad before lunch or supper almost every day.

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This is a newbie I picked up this month…fresh and super simple!

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Frozen vegetables, especially those that need to be cut, are a lifesaver for time. Just put it in the microwave, and it’s done in a few minutes. I prefer roasted, but this does in a pinch, and I eat more vegetables when it’s convenient.

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I’m not a carb lover, but I do enjoy warm pasta during these awful, cold winter months. There is a small variety of vegetable pasta in the freezer section at Walmart, and I usually pick one up every trip to toss in with chicken. I like this one for when my kids want hot dogs and macaroni…I pair it with turkey kielbasa.

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I  really despise preparing fish, but I know it’s so good for me.  These frozen fillets are perfect – they don’t smell when you take them out of the bag, bonus!

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Thanks to my Grandma Betty, I have a wicked sweet tooth. I hate to say that I could never do something, but I really believe I could never give up sweets.  So I just have to find some alternatives to Reese’s Eggs, Peanut Butter M&Ms, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and Hershey’s bars.

I love sticking these little Mini’s in my purse for a quick hit of sweetness. They’re so tiny and cute!

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Larabars are always on my grocery list – only 4 ingredients!img_5042

These are just a few convenience items I purchase…I will do a part 2 next month! I would love to hear any suggestions for healthy fast foods that make your life easier!

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