Many people think eating healthy and taking care of yourself takes tons of time and effort. That’s really not the case! It’s easy to stick to a healthy eating lifestyle if you become conscious of the the best foods to eat to promote your health and beauty, and start to prioritize getting these foods into your life.

If you put a little more thought into your meals ahead of time, you won’t have to scramble and resort to eating something that you regret.

You can start by taking a few hours out of your week to stock up on quality, nutritious food items. That way you can have quick meals ready to go ahead of time, so you don’t have to scramble once the week gets hectic. Here are a few meal ideas, and ingredients to get you started.   1. Green Salad: This should always be a staple. Green salads are rich in all your necessary vitamins and minerals. You can stock up on lots of different types of greens at local farmer markets during the week.

Then just quickly mix them up, add some other veggies, like avocado, broccoli and bell peppers, and you have a quick, fresh and healthy meal. It’s not as hard as you may think.

For some ideas of new greens to try, check out my blog on how to green your diet.

2. Pureed Veggie Soup: Pureed Veggie Soup This is always a favorite. Pureeing fresh veggies into a soup is an easy way to prepare a meal ahead of time, and by blending the veggies your body can assimilate the nutrients without any digestive effort.

I like to make a big serving of the soup on the weekends, that way I can just gently heat it up when I want a nice warm bowl of healthy soup, or in this weather- eat it room temperature!

You can use pureed cauliflower, squash, carrot, tomato or any other veggie that looks good and in season!

These blended soups can be eaten hot, or raw, which will also preserve the enzymes. Try my Raw Red Pepper and Tomato Soup and Cauliflower Energy Soup.

3. Quinoa: Quinoa Quinoa is a delicious grain that you can  prepare and enjoy at any time. It’s easy to store in the fridge and stays fresh for a few days.

This is a great meal to prepare ahead of time and grab on the go, especially if you are looking for a super filling option.

I like to add veggies to my quinoa, to incorporate different flavors. I’ll throw a salad together and add some of my quinoa dish to it and pack it as a great plane food.

I have lots of recipes in my book, the Beauty Detox Solution, like my quinoa stuffed peppers, one of my favorites!

4. Half of an avocado on sprouted gluten-free grain crackers: The combination of avocado and crunchy grain crackers is a perfect way to satisfy your hunger in a hurry.

The avocado provides healthy fats and protein, and the crackers give a healthy carb and a nice crunch. It’s also easy to prepare.

Just pick up some fresh avocados at a farmers market or grocery store, and some natural grain crackers (brown rice, flaxseed, quinoa, etc.), then you have a meal in minutes. Its a perfect thing to pack for lunch on a busy day.

5. Rolled Oat Cereal: Oats such as oat groats and organic oatmeal are known to be one of the best energy choices there are.

Sometimes I even eat it throughout the day when I’m ready for something dense and comforting. I love to add cinnamon, stevia and almond milk for flavor and creaminess.

My Raw Rolled Oat cereal incorporates avocado, which is also very yummy. Oats are a great source of protein, minerals and fiber.

They’re also very easy to make. I just soak the oats overnight and rinse well and eat them uncooked, but you can also cook them with water, and garnish as you like. Just make sure to get oats that are organic and minimally processed.