This Is What Nutritionists Eat When They Don’t Have Time to Cook

Nutritionist Monica Reinagel says she heads to the frozen section at Trader Joe's for healthy last-minute meals. Her picks include frozen edamame beans and potstickers, which only take a few minutes to prepare. 

Not sure how to shop for a busy week ahead? Registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward says she heads straight to the canned soup aisle for a fuss-free option. To add more nutrients to the meal, she eats the soup with a side of whole grain toast and fruit for desert. 

If you're looking for a fast recipe that lies somewhere in between a can of soup and Chrissy Teigan–style meal, Alexis Joseph recommends making a baked potato. Perfect when she's feeling "ambitiously lazy," Joseph microwaves a sweet potato and tops it with fridge finds like avocado and a fried egg. 

Yes, we're serious! Registered dietitian Katherine Brooking heats up a frozen pizza on days when she doesn't have time to cook. Brooking tells Huffington Post that she reaches for margarita or spinach pizza over a variety laden with toppings. To raise the meal's nutritional profile she adds a simple bowl of greens on the side and is cautious about portion sizes—store the leftovers in the fridge for another busy day. 

One thing most nutrition experts have in common is that they keep a well-stocked fridge. On an off day, preparing a fast meal is as easy as throwing together fresh ingredients and leftovers. Vandana Sheth's go-to meal is a stir-fry. She adds frozen vegetables to a pan with tofu and leftover brown rice or quinoa. 

If you've sworn off pre-cooked food, a green bowl is a fast, healthy option. Dietician Rochelle Sirota throws together a salad with whatever ingredients happen to be in the fridge. To make it more filling, add a can of chickpeas or extra protein like a tin of tuna. 

Feeling inspired to whip up a quick, healthy meal? Shop our edit of 10 healthy cookbooks, then visit Huffington Post to discover more nutritionist-approved meals.

What's your go-to meal on a busy day? Share your favorite recipe in the comments below.