I keep several small plastic boxes with a snack-size serving of chopped veggies or fruit in the fridge ready to grab as I run out the door. No excuses for not taking a healthy snack then :-)
I know that home cooked food is better than pre-packaged frozen meals, but as a full time working mother of a toddler, sometimes I have to take a shortcut. When I bring a frozen meal to work for lunch, I add vegetable servings, bulk, and nutrition by serving the meal over a big bowl of lettuce, cabbage, or spinach. It helps me feel more full and I don't need dressing for the greens because the dinner's sauce adds moisture and flavor. It's a double bonus!
Panning your meals in advance is a success, and this tip will help you one step further. I like to buy the family packs of meat and the separate them into meal appropriate portions. It's extremely economical. Before freezing, season your meat with whatever seasonings and/or marinade. As the meat thaws out they will marinate as well and you can have so many meals prepared in advance this way. It also saves you time because you are doing all the seasoning at once.
To save money, meal preparation and clean up time, I purchase 2-3 pkgs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they go on sale, wrap 2-3 breasts with my favorite seasoning in foil and freeze all foil pkgs in one large freezer bag. When you feel like it, take on pkg out of the bag and cook (from frozen) in oven @ 250ºF for 3-4 hrs while you go about your business (best if also baking potatoes or squash.) Meat always tender and you have low cal meals ready for the rest of the week.
It may sound boring but this one little thing has saved me a liot of time and $.
I recently started making my own frozen lunches. I add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and then pull it out at lunch and microwave it. Now more pricey, flavorless frozen entrees for me! One of my favorites: Shredded chicken, black beans, salsa, and fat free cheese.
Whenever chicken breasts are on sale at my local grocery store, I buy a bunch of them. It doesn't take long to grill them all at once, steam some broccoli or other veggies, and make some brown rice in the rice cooker. I divide them up into Tupperware and voila -- pre-made healthy frozen lunches!