Busy people rejoice! Whole Foods Market is passionate about healthy eating — and that means we’re passionate about making healthy eating easier.
We know that it’s simpler to eat nutrient-dense plant foods when the preparation fits into your schedule. That's why we’ve pulled together these time-saving tips for creating nutritious meals all week long.
- Prep for success. Shop and then wash, chop and store fresh veggies once or twice a week to minimize cooking time on other days.
- Bean there, done that. Once a week, prepare big batches of beans and lentils for dishes like Simple Black Bean Soup. Our Healthy Comfort Food Favorites meal plan will help you learn to make the most of batch cooking.
- Slow saves time. With a slow cooker, you can prepare healthy delicious meals while you’re at work (or even while you’re sleeping). Check out our video to learn the technique.
- Make grains galore. Cook extra whole grains and store portioned leftovers in the freezer for up to a month — you’ll be ready when you need a healthy meal in a hurry. Read our guide to Cooking with Whole Grains.
- Transform leftovers into tomorrow’s lunch. Tuck cooked ingredients in a whole grain wrap or burrito. Give chili new life in a Baked Chili Potato.
- No prep necessary if you shop the frozen aisle for greens, grains, vegetables and fruits. Try frozen cauliflower in Creamy Cauliflower and Apple Soup or frozen spinach in Quick Italian Spinach and Pasta Soup.
- Stock up on shortcut staples, such as whole wheat pasta and cans or cartons of no-salt-added lentils, beans, vegetable broth and tomatoes. You’ll always be ready for meals like Whole Wheat Pasta with Tomatoes and Veggies.
- Get “fast” food and feel great about it! Look for the Health Starts Here® logo at our salad bar, hot bar, self-serve cases and full-serve cases — you’ll be sure to find convenient options that follow our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating.
Do you have a time-saving tip that helps you get healthy food on the table — even when you’re in a hurry? I’d love to hear it, and I’m sure our readers would too.