Fast Food Can Be Healthy Food! [Sponsored]


By Kathleen Wood, in partnership with Whole Foods Market

“I want to eat healthy, but I don’t have enough time to cook healthy!” This is one of the most common reasons people give for why they aren’t able to stick to their nutrition goals. Busy people rejoice! I’m here to tell you that eating right doesn’t have to mean more time. Here are some time-saving tips...

Prep for success. Shop and then wash, chop and store fresh veggies once or twice a week to minimize cooking time on other days.

Set and go. With a slow cooker, you can prepare healthy delicious meals while you’re at work (or even while you’re sleeping). Check out this video to learn the technique.

Frozen is the new fast. Save 30 minutes of prep time at dinner when you buy pre-cooked frozen brown rice or quinoa! And there is No prep necessary if you shop the frozen aisle for frozen chopped greens, vegetables and fruits. By the way, they are just as nutritious as fresh… sometimes even more nutritious because they were picked at peak ripeness and the vitamins are locked in when they are frozen!

Try Whole Foods Market Fit meals! These are chef-created nutritious to-go meals, snacks and desserts that we design for people who live an active healthy lifestyle. The dishes are reasonably priced and we have options from paleo diet to vegan! My favorites are the Grass-fed beef Meatballs over Zucchini Noodles and I love the Carrot Cake Steel-cut Oatmeal for breakfast!

Make leftovers galore. Cook extra soup, chili, whole grains, and beans when you’re making a meal. Store portioned-out leftovers in the freezer for up to a month — you’ll be ready when you need a healthy meal in a hurry.

Transform leftovers into tomorrow’s healthy lunch. Tuck cooked ingredients in a whole grain wrap or burrito. Fill your Tupperware with mixed greens and top with last night’s fried rice or quinoa dish and dressing for an interesting salad. Give chili new life in a Baked Chili Potato.

Get “fast” food you can feel great about! 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.

Kathleen Wood, a Nutritionist with Whole Foods Market, leads Healthy Eating programming for the Mid-Atlantic region. She graduated from Dickinson College and then did a Master’s degree in Public Health at Boston University where she focused on theories of health behavior change. She also completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. She’s happy to offer you advice on food, recipes and nutrition. Please feel free to contact her at

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