I know you're busy! Here are a few easy ways to add more healthy foods to your hectic days. If you have helpful tips, send them to me and I'll add them to the list.

»Find a whole grain cereal that tastes good dry, and use it for snacking or breakfast on the run. I like General Mills Oatmeal Crisp Almond. See my list of Recommended Cereals.

»Make your own fast food. Once a week, cook up a huge pot of chili, soup, or one of my vegetable or seafood casseroles. Freeze the leftovers in individual serving containers for quick suppers or lunches.

»Cook a pound of whole grains at a time, and freeze the leftovers in ½ to 1-cup portions in baggies. These can be reheated in the microwave in seconds. See How to Cook Whole Grains.

»Stock up on the soup cups that have beans or lentils as their main ingredient. Find flavors you like and use them for lunch at the office or on the run – anywhere you can get hot water. Mix with one of those baggies of whole grains for a hearty main dish.

»Find a few veggies that you like raw and unadorned to eat as you would eat fruit. My favorites are red bell peppers, green beans and cauliflower.

»Romaine hearts, packed in plastic bags, can be used as-is for quick salad preparation. Just tear or slice into bite-size pieces. Good even without dressing.

»Most Asian restaurants offer carry-out service. This is my standby for lazy days. Vietnamese restaurants in our area have wonderful, oil-free salads that keep for 2-3 days. Comb the menu for soups, vegetable and seafood dishes and ask them to go easy on the oil. Serve them with those whole grains from their baggies in your freezer!

Checked 9/1/05

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