Are you struggling to eat healthy on a busy schedule? Time constraints are one of the main reasons why people chose takeout meals over cooking at home1. Although convenience foods can save time, they tend to be less nutritious and more expensive than meals prepared at home2. If you find it difficult to prepare healthy meals on a busy schedule, this post is for you. In this post, I will share 10 healthy recipes you can make in less than 5 minutes. For each recipe, I have included a link to a video that shows which ingredients I used and exactly how I assembled the recipe. For more simple, healthy recipe inspiration, be sure to follow me on instagram and tiktok.
1. Greek Yogurt Bowl
Greek yogurt bowls make a great, nutritious breakfast. The best part about greek yogurt bowls is that they are incredibly easy to assemble. Greek yogurt is rich in protein, which makes this breakfast satiating. Combine the greek yogurt with nut butter, berries, and a little bit of honey and it makes a nutritious breakfast that is balanced with protein, fat, and fiber.
See how to prepare this Greek Yogurt Bowl here.
2. Caesar Salad Wraps
Get the most out of a caesar salad kit by making caesar salad wraps! Just prepare the caesar salad from the salad kit and add to a whole wheat wrap. You can confirm that the wrap is actually whole wheat by checking the first ingredient on the ingredients list, which should say “whole wheat.” This makes a lunch that tastes satisfying and delicious. If you’d like, you can add prepared chicken to the wrap to increase the protein content and make it a more satiating meal.
See how to prepare these caesar salad wraps here.
3. High Protein Veggies and Ranch
Upgrade your ranch dip by adding ranch seasoning to greek yogurt. This makes a dip that is rich in protein and satiating. Serve the ranch dip with vegetables and it makes a snack that is rich in protein and fiber. This high protein snack plate will help keep you feeling full and satisfied.
See how to prepare this high-protein snack here.
4. Chocolate Chia Pudding
If you haven’t tried my Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe, it is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is combine the ingredients and allow them to sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until a chia pudding forms. I love making chia puddings because they taste delicious and chia seeds are a very nutrient-dense food. They contain antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium, protein omega 3 fatty acids, and are a great source of fiber3.
See how to prepare these Chocolate Chia Puddings here.
5. Spicy Ranch Salad
This Spicy Ranch Salad makes a great, quick and easy lunch recipe. It is made with lettuce, black beans, avocado, tortilla chips, lime, and spicy ranch dressing. These ingredients make a meal that is balanced with protein, fat, and fiber. If you’d like, you can add prepared chicken to increase the protein content and make it a more satiating meal.
See how to prepare this Spicy Ranch salad here.
6. Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats
If you haven’t tried my Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats recipe, it is incredibly easy to make. This recipe tastes so refreshing and it makes the perfect healthy, summer breakfast. To make these overnight oats, all you need to do is combine ingredients and allow them to sit in the fridge overnight.
See how to prepare these Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats here.
7. Mandarin & Chicken Crunch Salad
This Mandarin & Chicken Crunch Salad is a great, nutritious lunch option. It’s made with shredded cabbage, mandarins, avocado, peanuts, chicken, and toasted sesame dressing. This recipe is balanced with protein, fat, fruits, and veggies.
See how to prepare this salad here.
8. Veggies and Chipotle Chicken Dip
This snack plate is rich in protein and fiber. To make the dip, just combine prepared chicken with chipotle lime mayo (I used the brand Primal Kitchen) and shredded cheese. Then, serve the dip with a variety of different veggies. This high-protein snack plate is both satiating and rich in nutrients.
See how to prepare this recipe here.
9. Simple Mediterranean Salad
This simple Mediterranean Salad makes a great, nutritious lunch. It is made with spring mix greens, grape tomatoes, artichokes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, chicken, and Chosen Foods Garden Goddess dressing. This makes a balanced meal with adequate protein, fat, and lots of veggies.
See how to prepare this salad here.
10. Salmon Avocado Toast
Upgrade your basic avocado toast with some smoked salmon. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients and it creates a breakfast or snack that is balanced with protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
See how to prepare these Salmon Toasts here.
I hope you enjoyed these 10 healthy recipes you can make in 5 minutes. If you want more tips on how to eat healthy on a busy schedule, be sure to read my previous post, Healthy Breakfast and Snack Meal Prep Ideas.
- “Meal Prep Guide.” The Nutrition Source, 2 Oct. 2020, http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/meal-prep/.
- Rahkovsky, Posted by Ilya, et al. “What Drives Consumers to Purchase Convenience Foods?” USDA, 2 Aug. 2021, www.usda.gov/media/blog/2018/07/24/what-drives-consumers-purchase-convenience-foods
- Gunnars, Kris. “11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds.” Healthline, 8 Aug. 2018, http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds.