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Tasty meals to fuel you up fast

February 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Many people spend almost an hour making breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.It's easy to understand why fast, unhealthy food may be the easiest option. But it doesn't have to be. You can make a meal the healthy way, in just minutes.

Healthy food is no longer hard to come by. Whether you're having breakfast on the run, dining at your desk, or you just don't feel like making dinner, here are some foods to fuel you up fast along with providing good tasty nutrition.

Anyone who shops knows the frozen food aisle is packed with products that are easy to heat and eat. A microwave meal high in taste and low in calories is no longer a stretch.

Starting with breakfast, Boca, the meatless burger people, now make a breakfast wrap. With egg whites, cheese, and soy sausage in a tortilla, it's sassy at 200 calories, 7 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Along with a high-protein wrap, grab a low-fat yogurt to kick up your calcium quotient at less than 350 calories.

Two great lunch choices are Amy's Santa Fe Enchilada Bowl and Yves Meatless Chili. Both pack protein and fiber in a small bowl, easily eaten desk-side. Amy's Southwest Bowl has 16 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber; the meatless chili has 21 protein grams and 14 grams of fiber.

Add a colorful piece of fruit, a perfect finish, for a meal under 400 calories.

If your blood sugar has tanked in late afternoon, consider a Lightfull smoothie. This 90-calorie satiety (or filling) smoothie is a milk-based creamy concoction that can hold off hunger, along with providing calcium and fiber to the mix. It's got 5 grams protein and fiber.

Have you discovered Discover Cuisine? These freezer foods can be fixed in a flash, offering abundant flavor like Chipotle Chicken with Smoked Jalapeno Sauce, Chicken Tikka Masala or Red Curry Coconut Chicken. The meals average 400 calories. As always, add a side salad to complete the meal.

Besides being fast, what all these foods have in common is they're all meals with fewer than 500 calories, with a good source of protein and fiber.

 

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