Healthy Fast Foods and Hacks Make Back-to-School Meals Super Easy!

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We don’t need more studies to convince us of the benefits of eating family meals together. Obviously preparing a family dinner from scratch, full of plant-powered, organic ingredients on a daily basis would be magnificent, but based on how we run our lives, or sometimes how our lives run us, we all sometimes need healthy fast food hacks and helpers to get a wholesome, appealing dinner on the table quickly for our own family and any guests that might suddenly join in!

No time to make from scratch?

I hope some of the products featured help you put some great meals on the table when you don’t have time to assemble your favourite recipe. There are also some great items to make packing, storing, and cleaning up a real snap! Here’s to new beginnings and creative, healthy, happy school-year meals full of laughter, love, sharing, and real food.

Organic Sunshine Burgers - healthy fast foods

Organic Sunshine

Plant-based Burgers

This wholesome, allergy-friendly veggie burger made with certified organic, whole food ingredients can be enjoyed in a bun, wrapped in lettuce or collard leaves, crumbled onto pasta, or cut into bite-sized pieces to dip. Challenge your family to top with at least 4 items/condiments to keep trying new things! sunshineburger.com

 

Rollin Greens Spicy-Sweet Millet Tots - healthy fast foods

Rollin Greens

Millet Tots

Swap french fries or empty calorie tots for nutrient-dense millet-based tots. These crispy bites are gluten-free, vegan, non-gmo, and soy-free – just heat and serve! rollingreens.com

 

 

Cuisine Adventures Organic Vegetarian Chili - healthy fast foods

Cuisine Adventures

Organic Vegetarian Chili

Keep these individual portions in your freezer for a filling plant-based meal that you can have ready in minutes. Each serving gives you twelve grams of protein and seven grams of fibre! cuisineadventuresfoods.com

 

Sweet Earth Veggie Lover's Pizza - healthy fast foods

Sweet Earth

Veggie Lovers Pizza

Frozen pizza isn’t typically the healthiest choice, but this new family favourite fast food is loaded with veggie toppings, vegan, and made with a chia seed crust! sweetearthfoods.com

 

 

Foodies Vegan Frittata - healthy fast foods

Foodies

Vegan Frittata

A frittata made from pumpkin seeds, veggies, and spices? Yes! Delicious and made without eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, sugars, or artificial ingredients. foodiesvegan.com

 

 

Siete Amazing Grain Free Cassava and Chia Tortilla - healthy fast foods

Siete

Amazing Grain Free Tortillas

Maybe not scientifically proven, but everything is more fun to eat in a wrap, right? These grain-free tortillas are paleo, gluten-free, and preservative-free. Fajita night? Stir-fry for dinner and then leftovers in a wrap for next day’s lunch? That’s a wrap! sietefoods.com

 

Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets - healthy fast foods

Love Beets

Organic Cooked Beets

Marinated and then cooked until tender, these roasted beets are ready to eat right out of the (resealable) package. Bonus: no stained fingers! lovebeets.com

 

 

Hope Organic Hummus - healthy fast foodsHope

Organic Hummus

When you’re running late and don’t have time to soak and cook chickpeas, this is the next best thing. Make hummus toasts with “choose-your-own” toppings, spread on a falafel sandwich, or use simply as a classic dip for veggies. When buying hummus, ensure organic chickpeas are used – we don’t want to be serving glyphosate to our family! hopefoods.com

 

Sunflower Family Organic Sunflower Hash - healthy fast foods

Sunflower Family

Sunflower Hash

True innovation comes in this box to help you make a quick, nutrient-rich, plant-based meal. Made from organic sunflower seeds and spices (that’s it!), it’s ready to use in any ground-meat dish, such as shepherd’s pie or chilli. sunflowerfamilyusa.com

 

 

 

Chef Soraya Eat a Bowl - healthy fast foods

Chef Soroya

Beans and Rice Eat-a-Bowl

Instant rice and beans in delicious chef-made flavour combinations make for a protein-packed instant meal. Keep one or two of these shelf-stable meals in your desk or take for lunch - just add hot water to enjoy in minutes. chefsoraya.com

 

Good Catch Crab-free Cakes - healthy fast foods

Good Catch

Crab-Free Cakes

If you’re concerned about over-fishing, ingesting high levels of mercury and toxins (you should be!), or allergies, you’ll love the taste and texture of this new fish-free food line made with legumes—launching late 2018/early 2019! Enjoy as is, in a salad, or get inspired on Good Catch’s website. goodcatchfoods.com

 

 

Dave's Killer Bread Organic Bagels - healthy fast foods

Dave’s Killer Bread

Organic Bagels

If your kids like sandwiches, make sure they’re power-packed with organic, whole-grain nutrition rather than empty calories. These bagels (and their breads) will give your breakfast (or lunch or dinner) that extra boost with super grains, and twelve grams of protein per serving! daveskillerbread.com

 

 

 

 

Bob's Red Mill Organic Oatmeal Cups - healthy fast foods

Bob’s Red Mill

Organic Oatmeal Cups

Ever find that you feed your kids, but forget – or don’t have time for – yourself? Stash a single-serve oatmeal cup (only one gram of sugar in this one!) in your car or bag and add hot water, stir, and breakfast is ready. A great take-along for airplane travel too! bobsredmill.com

 

Fawen Ready-to-drink Soups - healthy fast foods

Fawen

Ready-to-drink soups

Organic, vegan, gluten-free soups ready to drink even without heating! Enjoy on-the-go right out of the container. Also, these are much better than energy drinks for a quick, nutritious boost! drinkfawen.com

 

VitaClay Cooker - back to school hack

VitaClay

Slow Cooker

This is a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker all in one! It’s made from unglazed Zisha clay (so no plastic, chemicals, aluminum or lead touches your food!) and it preserves your food’s nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins too. vitaclaychef.com

 

The Swag Veg and Fruit Storage Bags - back to school hack

The Swag

Veg and Fruit Storage Bags

When you have kids, it’s not always easy to make daily trips to the market. Keep your fruits and veggies fresher longer by storing them in the crisper of your fridge in these eco-friendly, machine-washable, breathable storage bags. theswagusa.com

 

Fluf Washable Lunch Bags - back to school hack

Fluf Design

Lunch Bags

Where many lunch bags have toxic linings and are hard to keep clean and stink-free, Fluf lunch bags are made with certified organic cotton and a tested food-safe, water-resistant lining (free of BPA, phthalates and lead) that’s machine washable (and dries instantly). I love the zipper closure to keep everything inside, where it belongs! fluf.ca

 

 

 

Wean Green Glass Storage Containers - back to school hack

Wean Green

Storage containers

These tempered glass containers with colourful, silicone-sealed, clip-lock lids (no leaking!) are great for storing leftovers in the fridge, freezer, or in your pantry. Perfect for meal-prep and portion control! weangreen.com