Packaged grains, such as quinoa, are staple foods in many households. They have a long shelf life and are inexpensive. They are also high in fiber and protein, rich in nutrients, and a good option for vegetarians. “Instant rice and couscous are good last-minute alternatives to have on hand,” comments Amy Allen-Chabot, Ph.D., RD.
“I always keep some kind of whole grain bread or whole wheat sandwich rounds in my house,” states Erin Bresnahan, RD, for easy lunch packing.