The Healthy Fast Food Pantry

When thinking about fast foods, a good motto to keep in mind is: "Simple Foods, Simply Prepared." Quality is key. Here are some suggestions for the well-stocked "fast food" pantry.

  • Lots of fresh fruit. Always have apples, bananas and oranges. Add seasonal fruit like peaches, melon, grapes, pears, cherries, nectarines
  • Lots of fresh vegetables. Always have carrots, green peppers, cucumbers, onions, celery and lettuce. Add seasonal vegetables or vegetables on sale like winter squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, green beans, snow peas, tomatoes
  • Low-Fat Cheeses. Have a variety, such as skim milk mozzarella, low-fat cheddar, cream cheese, cottage cheese
  • Yogurt. Get both plain and flavored yogurt
  • Canned beans. Stock up on chick peas, black beans, refried beans
  • Milk or soy milk
  • Aseptically sealed tofu and tempeh
  • Eggs (hard boil some on the weekend to have handy for lunches or breakfast during the week)
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Small cans of tomato sauce for pizza
  • Seasonings like mustard, soy sauce, mayonnaise
  • Bread (keeps well in the freezer)
  • Tortillas
  • Tuna and salmon (canned)
  • A variety of ready-to-eat whole grain cereals
  • Instant plain oatmeal
  • Dried fruit, especially raisins
  • Honey
  • Soups (low-fat)
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese, preferably from the natural food store
  • Bagels (buy in bulk, slice and freeze. They thaw well when toasting or in the microwave)
  • Muffin mixes
  • Muffins (make a large batch and freeze)
  • Granola bars, graham crackers, Fig Newtons, rice cakes
  • Frozen vegetables
  • 100% juices, in bottles or juice packs
  • Chicken (buy on sale and freeze)
  • Potatoes, both white and sweet potato and yams (can be cooked quickly in the microwave)
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