8 Healthy Food Products That Make Eating Oil-Free Easier




Eating oil-free can sometimes be a challenge.

That’s why having healthy food options that are quick and don’t take much preparation can really help.

Learning to cook and finding vegan recipes without oil is one thing. But shopping for oil-free prepared foods is a whole different ball game.

Luckily, with the increasing demand for healthy options things are changing. Finding ready-to-go foods you feel good about eating are becoming more available.

Of course, whole plant foods are always best. But it’s likely that’s not always realistic in your busy life.

The next-best thing is to find healthy food options you can trust to fill-in.

If you’ve ever found yourself wandering the grocery store tirelessly reading ingredient labels, this list is for you.

Most of these items can be found in your local grocery store or online.

These products are all easy to prepare for when you don’t have much time.

And they’re made with whole, plant foods, so you don’t need to compromise on nutrition or flavour.

Here are 8 healthy food products that make choosing oil-free easier:

 

healthy food that's it fruit bars

1. That’s It. Fruit Bars

They’re made with simple ingredients. You can’t get much simpler than just fruit.

The apple and strawberry bar contains dried apples and strawberries. That’s It.

There are no additives or preservatives.

As That’s it. fruit bars are made using whole fruit they don’t need to have added flavouring. It comes with the fruit.

These bars are great for a snack when you don’t have much time.

And they’re Kid-friendly, so you can feel good about giving your kids a healthy snack you both love.

With no prep required, they’re ready to eat. Just peel and go.

You can use them as snacks between activities, after a trip to the gym, or put them in kids lunches.

They’re also a nice, quick snack to have before you head into the grocery store.

Because we all know what happens when we shop hungry…

2. Wild Garden Hummus Dip

Most oil-free hummus is made in the kitchen. But what about when you don’t want to spend time preparing it?

Wild Garden All Natural Hummus is a low-fat, oil-free option that comes ready for dipping!

Just grab some crackers or veggie sticks and you’re all set. It’s a good evening snack to tide you over until dinner is made.

And it works well for anytime you may need an appetizer. No fuss required.

Plus, you can also get Wild Garden snack packs that are great for kids lunches. All they need are some vegetable sticks or oil-free crackers for dipping.

But hummus can be more than just a snack. Try it in a wrap or pita pocket.

3. Gold Rush Organic Hash Browns

These Gold Rush frozen potatoes are a nice way to have hash browns for breakfast.

They’re a healthy food option that’s oil-free with no added sugar, salt, or preservatives. Just potato.

Even on a busy weekday morning you can enjoy a filling meal. All you need to do is toss them in the pan with a bit of water or vegetable broth and “fry” them up.

Hash browns are great for anytime of day though. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

You can have them on their own or cook them with chopped vegetables. Then eat them as is or top them with ketchup, tomato sauce, or last night’s vegan chili.

Also, adding them to a soup or stew will save time on prep. A bit of potato can really fill out a soup, making it thicker and more robust.

At the moment, Gold Rush frozen foods appear to only be available in Canada. So, if you don’t have an oil-free brand in your area, you can always go with a quick recipe.

Try an oil-free hash brown recipe from Straight Up Food.

4. Taste Adventure Soups

Taste Adventure soups are available by the cup or in resealable packages.

You just add hot water and stir.

These soups are made with whole plant foods and only a few ingredients. For example, the golden pea soup contains: organic pre-cooked yellow split peas, sea salt, and organic spices.

Soup can be a filling addition your office lunch. Their minimal prep also makes them a good food to take camping or backpacking.

There are a selection of Taste Adventure soup flavours to choose from:

  • golden pea
  • split pea
  • curry lentil
  • black bean
  • sweet corn chowder

They also have dry black and pinto re-fried bean mixes.

Enjoy them on their own or add them to a rice or potato dish for one satisfying meal!

 

healthy food pacific foods low sodium vegetable broth

5. Pacific Foods Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

This low sodium vegetable broth is made with vegetables, herbs, spices, and sea salt. No preservatives or added flavouring.

Although using prepared vegetable broths make cooking more efficient, many are loaded with salt.

With far less sodium per cup, this vegetable broth from Pacific Foods is a great alternative.

Plus, it comes packaged in a tetra pack rather than a can, for those concerned.

It’s especially great for adding to soups or stews.

The first step of many soups calls for sauteing onions. Using a vegetable broth can replace the need for oil.

You can also use it in any recipe that calls for broth.

Also, using it partially or completely in replace of water will add more flavour to your meal.

Try this low sodium vegetable broth out in a Tomato Risotto recipe from The Vegan 8.

6. Woodstock Farms Organic Frozen Fiber Fruit Blend

Using frozen fruit blends make your morning smoothie a breeze to make.

Just pop them in the blender with a touch of water. Maybe add a piece or two of fruit, and you’re good to go.

Mixed fruit adds a variety of flavours and nutrients. And frozen fruit means you can enjoy fruit that doesn’t happen to be in season.

This organic frozen fruit blend from Woodstock Farms contains:

  • organic apricots
  • organic figs
  • organic plums

As it’s a more unique combination, it can really help mix things up a bit.

But, understandably, frozen berries and berry blends are also a popular choice. They especially blend well with banana for a creamy and filling smoothie.

And you can always add some greens in too!

Smoothies made with fruit blends are a great way to add kale to your diet. The sweetness of the fruit and nutrient-rich greens make for a perfect pair.

healthy food Dr. McDougall's Right Foods black bean soup

7. Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods 

Plant-based and oil-free, Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods are a reliable go-to when you need healthy “fast food.”

They’re great as a snack or quick meal.

But they also make for good camping fare. They taste great either on their own, a side-dish to your meal, or poured over rice or potatoes.

Right Foods has ready to-go oatmeal, soups, and noodle entrees with a number of different flavours to choose from.

Just add hot water or warm them up in a sauce pan. They’re that easy.

8. Raw Wraps 

Unlike many tortillas, these whole food wraps don’t come with a long list of ingredients you can hardly pronounce.

They are made with simple, plant foods:

  • apples
  • spinach
  • onion
  • quinoa
  • coconut nectar
  • psyllium husk

The whole, plant food ingredients create a flavourful wrap. You don’t need to worry about these tasting like flour and leaving you with a weird aftertaste.

Raw Wraps are gluten-free, vegan, low sodium, and oil-free. Plus, they’re quite moist so they don’t crack and fall apart as soon as you pick them up.

They work really well for vegetable wraps. Just load them with your favourite raw or cooked vegetables and roll them up.

You can also use them to make quesadillas or vegan burritos.

Healthy food you can rely on when you’re busy will make your life easier.

Keep your favourite “quick and easy foods” where you’re likely to need them most:

  • in the car
  • in the cupboards/fridge at home
  • in your gym bay
  • with you at kids activities

Snacks with help you get from A to B. And other “quick and easy foods” will ensure you don’t dread the evening meal prep after a long day.

There are other foods too…

In addition to these, fruit as well as ready to-go salads and vegetables mixes are other healthy food items to always have around the house.

A number of Food for Life products, such as their sprouted whole grain tortillas are another nice option. In particular, the corn tortillas make for a great taco.

Make them nice and crispy by putting them in the oven for a few minutes. You can shape them into corn taco shells by curling them over the oven rack.

There’s no need for cooking oil. Just keep an eye on them to see when they’re done.

Or, cut (or tear) them into quarters before warming them in the oven. This way they’ll be more like chips for dipping with hummus or a homemade salsa.

And at Whole Foods Engine 2 Plant-Strong Products are available in the US. These include whole grain wraps, cereals, and rice blends.

Healthy eating isn’t a phase, or some diet to jump-start the year with. It’s a lifestyle.

Making healthy choices is something that can, and should be sustainable. Having quick, oil-free foods on hand really helps.

So, keep your eye out for new products.

Supply follows demand. And healthy living is here to stay.

That means it’s only a matter of time before you see even more healthy food choices lining the shelves.

Help encourage healthy-minded companies to create more plant-based, oil-free products. Let them know which of their products you like so far and why.

The more they know what their customers want, the more likely they are to make new options.

Conclusion

These 8 healthy food products are great to have on hand.

And they are just the beginning.

Things are changing.

As more healthy food products become available it really makes healthy eating do-able, even with a busy life.

Preparing food from scratch is always the best option, but our modern lifestyles rarely allow for that all  of the time.

So, have”back-up” foods for those busy evenings you spend taking children from one activity to another. Or for after late nights at the office.

They’ll make your life a whole lot easier.

Next time you go grocery shopping, make sure to have a few of these healthy food items on your list.

Try them out and see what works best for your life.

It really does help to have a plan. So, find healthy snacks and recipes you can make in a pinch for those busy days and nights.

Because after a long day, you know you won’t want to spend much time in the kitchen.

What healthy food products do you think make oil-free eating easier? Which ones have become go-to staples at your house?

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4 Important Aspects to Consider When Creating a Healthier You




There are many components of health.

But they’re really not isolated aspects. All of the different areas work together.

Health is holistic.

Short term diets and fancy new exercises won’t do the trick. There are no quick fixes.

Health is a lifestyle.

By taking a balanced approach you can create lasting changes in your life.

Here are four main areas to focus on when taking steps to becoming happier and healthier.

#1. Diet

Not surprisingly, what you eat is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle.

What you feed your body influences how you feel, the amount of energy you have, how well you sleep, and even your mood.

Whole, plant foods are the healthiest foods you could ask for.

whole plant foods 4 important aspects of health

Transitioning to a healthy, plant-based diet requires changing the way you think about and approach food.

Food is fuel. So, eating better quality fuel will allow your body to function better and actually thrive.

However, making healthy food choices a part of your daily life can take a bit of time to adjust to.

Start at home

The best place to begin is in your own kitchen.

Creating new habits at home where you are comfortable is the easiest way to develop healthier eating habits.

In the comfort of your own home, you have control over all of the ingredients that go into the food you prepare.

Besides, experimenting with new recipes can be fun and help you to be excited about a new way of eating.

The food you eat at home will also help you to develop new tastes and preferences. So, next time you go out into the world, that super greasy, salty fast food lunch you once relied on won’t seem appealing anymore.

Build your own supply of healthy, plant-based recipes from reliable sources. This will ensure you never run out of meal ideas.

Tips for dining out

Changing the way you eat at home is one thing. But, once you open the door and step out into the world there are more challenges to deal with.

Forming new habits is key. The habits you create at home will stay with you as you venture out into the world.

When choosing places to eat that will accommodate your healthier food choices, check out the restaurant in advance.

“If you’re looking for a place to go, a little research goes a long way-and can usually be done in just a few minutes. – Brian Wendel

Having healthy snacks on hand also really helps.

Fresh fruit, cut vegetables, or That’s It. fruit bars are good to have in case you need a quick snack. At the very least they can help tide you over while you make a healthier choice for your next meal.

Find more tips for living plant-based with these 7 Keys to Success on a Healthy Vegan Diet.

Stay motivated

This is important for any new habits or goals you are working on.

Motivation is action, but before action often comes inspiration.

Success stories of others can help to inspire you while reinforcing your reasons for wanting to make healthier choices.

Learn about others who have experienced health success stories with a plant-based diet.

Getting recipes for some of your favourite dishes will make the transition easier. But, discovering new, tasty recipes and foods can also be exciting and keep you interested in eating more healthy meals.

Knowing that following a whole food, plant-based diet is paving your way to health can help you stay on track.

Reassurance comes through education, so learn from qualified individuals on plant-based nutrition.

The more you know about a plant-based lifestyle, the more confident you will feel about it.

#2. Exercise

Exercise is an essential component of health.

You need to move your body.

It should be a part of your regular day.

explore the outdoors - 4 important aspects of health

The key is to incorporate exercise into your life so that it becomes a natural part of your daily routine. Make it part of your lifestyle.

Again, inspiration can help. Reading about others and their passion for living an active life can motivate you to find something you like.

While you’re deciding what to do, remember…

Don’t over complicate things

Exercise doesn’t have to mean getting a complex workout regime from a personal trainer. Just get outside. Go for a walk. Keep it simple. Do something you enjoy and take it from there.

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to involve a gym or a complex plan.

Just move your body.

Try something new, meet others and create connections.

Exercise can be social. Or not. Either way, find something that suits you.

Make it a part of your routine

For many people, working out first thing in the morning helps to get them prepped for their day.

For others, social activities, competition, or a way to measure their improvement help to motivate them.

Whether it’s hiking, trail running, going to the gym, doing yoga, or taking long walks on the beach that interests you doesn’t really matter. It just needs to be an activity you enjoy.

The more you like it, the easier it will be to keep at it.

Getting outside is a great way to be more connected with nature. The fresh air and beauty of the natural world can also be relaxing and help you to recharge.

There are so many activities you can do.

Preparing for a longer hike, a race or competition, or an active holiday such as a cycle touring trip can keep your enthusiasm up.

At home, or abroad, there are plenty of adventures to be had.

Reading about other active outdoor vegans, like Jess of Vegan Outdoor Adventures, can help you to come up with ideas and inspiration.

“Remember, exercise to have fun and be healthy, not just to lose weight.

#3. Rest/Sleep

Sleep is vital for a healthy body and mind.

It’s the time when your body restores and repairs itself.

Quality sleep positively affects everything. Your mood, immunity, and general ability to function depend upon it.

Sleep is important for many reasons, so getting a good night’s rest should be a priority.

In order for your body to get the best night’s rest, there are certain factors that need to be in place.

cat sleeping - 4 important aspects of health

How to get better sleep

Unlike cats, we are diurnal creatures meaning we sleep at night.

Having a  regular sleep schedule will help your body to produce the necessary hormones to keep you happy and healthy.

Darkness allows your body to produce serotonin which is essential to you waking up the next morning feeling rejuvenated.

If you’re travelling or happen to live where you are surrounded by city lights, try covering you eyes.

Wearing a sleep mask or putting a t-shirt or dark cloth over your eyes can do the trick.

The aim is to block out as much light as possible.

The darker, and quieter it is the better as well.

Noise outside is one thing. But, the “noise” inside your head you also keep you awake.

Worrying or thinking too much about things can prevent you from getting a sound sleep.

Rest, mediation, yoga, or taking a few minutes at night before you go to bed to unwind can help.

Just focus on your breathing. Relax. Let the day’s events and tomorrow’s “to-dos” clear from your mind.

#4. Positive Mentality 

Having a positive outlook will reinforce your motivation to make healthy changes to your life. It helps to remember why you want to be healthy.

A whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, and good sleep can make being positive easier.

It really does all come full circle.

Practicing meditation or some sort of calming, low-key activity can help you unwind and relax.

Learn how to meditate every dayMaking it something you do daily will help ensure it becomes a permanent part of your life.

Even yoga, reading, listening to calming music, or colouring can be good activities to ensure you take time out from your busy life.

Spending time relaxing will make it easier to maintain a positive outlook.

But, ultimately, attitude comes down to choice. The more often you choose to think positively, the easier it becomes.

“Attitude is everything so pick a good one. – Wayne Dyer

Conclusion

Diet, exercise, sleep, and having a positive attitude are four important aspects of health that you should focus on when creating healthier habits.

Improving in one area is great, but the various aspects of health intertwine and affect each other.

Health is a holistic endeavour.

Living a healthy life isn’t about fad diets or “quick fix” exercise regimes. It’s about finding what works for you and creating habits that reinforce where you want to be.

Taking a balanced approach to health will help you to create lasting, positive results and a lifestyle you can sustain.

Of course, it always helps to know that the choices you are making not only benefit you, but they also help the world around you.

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