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Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Helpful Grocery Store Solutions

One of the most common challenges I hear from folks interested in starting a nutrition program is that they’re overwhelmed by the thought of prepping meals. It can feel intimidating, and too often keeps people from getting started at all. I’m going to share some quick and convenient foods you can find right in your grocery store that will help you get started and make prepping meals quicker and less stressful.

Before long you’ll be in a routine and meal prep will become second nature. And, yes, prepping meals without the help of packaged foods is ideal (and a little less expensive), but with hectic, busy schedules it’s better to take a little help from the grocery with these acceptable alternatives than to stay stuck in a bad nutrition rut and never get started.

Also, keep in mind, you don’t have to prep all of your meals in one day. Simply cook a few extra portions at dinner one or two nights a week, toss them in food storage containers and you’re ready to go without much extra time or effort. And, by using some of the helpful grocery store solutions below, you can speed up dinner prep and meal prep all at once.


Rotisserie or Roasted Chicken

Fresh Hamburger Patties

Applegate Farms Frozen Turkey Burgers

Tuna Packets (low sugar versions)

Packaged Hard Boiled Eggs

Rx Bars (1 per day)

Quest Bars (1 per day)

Carbs - Starchy

Microwave Rice Packs

Microwave Quinoa & Kale Packs

Microwave New Potatoes

Canned Black Beans

Carbs – Fibrous Fruits & Veggies

Bagged Lettuce

Pre-Cut Fruit & Veggies

Mini Fruit & Veggie Snack Trays

Microwave Steam Veggies

Canned Green Beans


100 Calorie Nut Packs

Guacamole Single Cups

If you've found a food that has made meal prep easier for you, please share it with me at so I can check it out!

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