"Go for convenience!" she said. "Sure, it may cost a bit more, but with everyone so time-pressed and over scheduled these days, sometimes it's your best bet for eating healthy."
For tips on eating well quickly, ShopSmart followed nutritional guidelines and came up with a list of the healthiest convenience foods.
It includes snacks like mini Babybel light cheese.
Easy to toss in your purse -- these deliver lots of calcium and six grams of protein, with only 50 calories.
Craving a crunch? try Pirate's Booty aged white cheddar rice and corn puffs. They satisfy, with 130 calories and five grams of fat per serving.
Melissa's edamame-shelled soybeans pack nine grams of protein into snack time. Or toss them with pasta for a simple supper.
A bag of Perdue Simply Smart original grilled chicken strips can set you back several dollars more than grilling a chicken, but pair these heat-and-eat strips with some fresh veggies, and you've got a healthy dinner in no time.
"Adding your own ingredients, like pasta and fresh vegetables, is a great way to jazz up prepared foods," Perry said. "And it's a smart way to balance out your meals."
A box of Doctor Praeger's Tex-Mex veggie burgers in your freezer is another quick way to get veggies, fiber, and vitamins. Just add lettuce and a slice of tomato, and you're good to go in a snap!
Stocking up on smart choices like these goes a long way to keeping your quick-fix foods healthy.
Nutritional experts at Consumer Reports say you should choose snacks with less than 200 calories and fewer than 5 grams of fat. For full meals, look for something under 650 calories and 21 grams of fat.