An article in Forbes this week highlighted data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicating that convenience plays a larger role in obesity than cost. This data challenges the belief that the price of healthy food leads consumers, especially those with tight budgets, to seek out cheaper and less-healthy items in the grocery store.
In fact, the CDC data shows that only about 20 percent of obese Americans are considered “low-income.” Moreover, the article reports that those in the low-income bracket tend to eat home-prepared meals, a habit which has been associated with lower risk for obesity. In contrast, middle class individuals have the highest rate of overweight and consume the most fast food. This suggests that convenience is likely playing a bigger role in unhealthy food choices than cost.
Fortunately, healthy foods can be convenient! Planning ahead goes a long way—by hard-boiling eggs or washing and cutting up veggies over the weekend you can ensure a stockpile of grab-and-go snacks for the work week.
For hectic mornings, try a quick microwave recipe that allows you to start your day with a nutritious breakfast in seconds. Below is one of our favorites.
Do you have other strategies to make healthy eating convenient?
Microwave Mexican Coffee Cup Scramble
What You Need:
½ cup frozen shredded hashbrowns
1 Tbsp. water
Black bean and corn salsa
Shredded Mexican cheese blend
1. COAT 12-oz. microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. ADD hash browns. MICROWAVE on HIGH 1 minute. Add egg and water; beat until blended. MICROWAVE on HIGH 30 seconds; stir. MICROWAVE until egg is almost set, 15 to 30 seconds longer.
2. SEASON with salt and pepper, if desired. TOP with salsa and cheese.
Total fat: 10g
Saturated fat: 4g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
Monounsaturated fat: 2g
Dietary fiber: 2g
Vitamin A: 520.0IU
Vitamin D: 41.0IU