Being on a gluten-free diet, there are many convenience foods I can’t eat. That’s a good thing because many of them are unhealthy anyway. There are healthy convenience foods, though. Consider the produce isle. You can buy bag salad, pre-cut broccoli, containers of pre-cut fruit and vegetables, and more.
Convenience can be worth the cost. If you don’t have time or energy to fix yourself a salad, buying premade salad can be the right choice. It’s better than a fast food meal. It’s better than many other options. It’s a price you are willing to pay to eat healthy.
Convenience can be too convenient. This is where I get into trouble. I choose that convenient option one busy week, and it was so easy that I buy it the next week when I don’t really need it. It’s just so……convenient.
Doing a little extra work saves money. Washing, cutting, and peeling fruits or vegetables isn’t that hard. It isn’t that time consuming. It’s healthier, too, because foods can begin to lose nutrients once that work is done. A little work can mean significant savings.
Make a conscious decision. This is what I’m working on. When I reach for that bag of salad or pre-cut broccoli (my two biggest temptations), I want to stop and make a conscious decision. I want to ask myself if I have a few minutes to do the work myself. Am I only reaching for it because it is convenient? On the other hand, if it is a particularly busy time or I’m sick, and buying that item will mean that we eat healthier, then fine. I am willing to pay for that convenience. Most of the time, though, I can do the work, and I want to consciously choose to eat healthy and save money.
What produce isle convenience foods do you reach for most often?
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