Processed Foods You CAN Eat–Convenience Foods

We know that one of the biggest reasons women have a hard time staying on track with healthy eating is the time and amount of work that can be involved. Since our superpower is helping you eat healthier while making it as easy as possible at the same time, we’re sharing ideas for some of our favorite healthy convenience foods.

When it comes to processed or packaged foods, we like to think of them as different levels or tiers. Watch the video or keep reading below for all the details!

There are moderately processed foods that are made in a factory, but have pretty decent ingredients, which we sometimes refer to as healthy convenience foods. Our tiers include…

Tier 1: One ingredient, whole food but packaged…

  • Canned tuna, sardines
  • Nuts/seeds, plain nut or seed butter
  • Frozen fruit or veggies with nothing else added
  • Pre washed salads

Tier 2: Multi ingredient and packaged – processed but without harmful ingredients…

Here are 10 tier 2 foods that we like that have saved us so much time.

1). Veggie burger / Precooked sausage – Bilisnki and Teton Ranch brands 

2). Kevins – Thai style coconut chicken and cilantro lime

3) Seeds of Change Rice

4) Trader Joes Gnocchi

5) Canned tuna and chicken

6) Banza pizza

7) Pastas – Shirataki and Palmini brands

8) Siete wraps

9) Dips/hummus/guac or mash

10) Sauces/marinades

Saving time is one of the 7 pillars we work on in Simply Nourished, where we help women over 50 develop sustainable healthy eating habits so they can stop yo yo dieting for good. If you would like our guidance to help you get and stay on track with healthy eating, our 12 week simply nourished program offers so much support. You can set up a quick complementary no pressure call to see if its a good fit for you on our website.

Below is an example of type of some of the types of convenience healthy foods you can eat during the day, for each meal.


  • Cereal (3 wishes, Love grown)
    • Qia
  • Oats 
  • Yogurt/cottage cheese
  • Frozen fruit


  • Canned fish
  • Healthy mayo
  • Prewashed lettuce or salad
  • Bottled dressing or olive oil/vinegar (Braggs)
    • Siete wraps
  • Applegate farms organic – lunch meat turkey 
  • Canned beans 


    • Organic rotisserie 
    • Kevin’s frozen (Target)
  • Frozen veggies
    • Cauli Gnocchi Trader Joes
    • Cauli rice
    • Frozen peas
    • Seeds of Change rice packets
    • Veggie burgers like Good Seed, Sunshine, Hillary
  • Lentil or chickpea pasta
  • Marinara sauce (Amy’s Muir Glen, Whole Foods – no added sugar)


    • RX or Aloha bars
    • Avocado cups or hummus
  • Nuts or nut butter 
  • Simple Mills, or Mary’s Gone crackers
  • Pre cut veggies or fruit


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Jane and Stephanie, creators of The Simply Nourished Solution™, are nutritionists who help women over 50 go from overweight, frustrated, and inflamed to lighter and healthier so they can be more active, feel good in their bodies, and live the second half of life with energy and confidence. Their 3-pronged approach, which can fit into any lifestyle, encompasses not only wholesome energizing foods but powerful habit and mindset shifts.


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