Fast foods for fast women

Time-savvy food and beverage companies are making it easier than ever for on-the-go gals to eat, drink and be healthy more quickly than ever. Here are the latest and fastest of their "fast food" innovations....

Eat a hearty hot meal anywhere

You can cook a delicious, preservative-free homestyle meal in the car, at your desk or whereever you happen to be hungry. That's because the Chef 5 Minute Meals from D&B Specialty Foods heat up in just five minutes right in their box using a special patented self-heating steam mechanism. Even better? Chef 5 Minute Meals require no refrigeration, so you can stick one in your purse or glove compartment for hunger emergencies.

Choose from seven Chef 5 Minute meals:

Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
Chicken Pasta Parmesan
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Beef Stew
Chicken Cacciatore
Vegetable Lasagna
Beef Chili with Beans

Plus, two desserts:

Chocolat Dessert - Dark
Chocolate Dessert - White

Treat yourself: $26.33 for a pack of 6, Amazon.com

Keep a premium cup of coffee in your purse

If you don't feel like waiting on the endless line at a certain ubiquitous Seattle-based coffee chain or you happen to be—gasp!—far from a much-needed caffeine fix, then you're a gal who needs Java Juice Pure Coffee Extract.

Contained inside each single-serve packet, which is about as small as a Biore strip packet, is a concentrate of premium, 100% organic, fair trade coffee and triple filtered water—with no additives or preservatives.

Simply add it to hot or cold water for a cup of delicious coffee. No water around? Drizzle it over ice cream or yogurt. You can also add it to recipes to give your fudge-nut brownies a caffeine-infused kick.

Treat yourself: Starting at $9.95 for 10 half-ounce packets, JavaJuiceExtract.com, (866) 244-3633

Resealable whole fruit

By now, you've probably heard that fruit juice isn't as healthy as once thought because it's been stripped of the fiber and micronutrients that make whole fruit so healthy. As a result, while you think you're drinking something good for your body, you're really taking in lots of nutrient-light calories.

Unfortunately, whole fruit isn't exactly an easy food to nibble and put aside for awhile. And, well, it lacks the tasty pizzazz of the more tempting fruit juice blends.

The good news? There's now a way to get your whole fruit health while also enjoying the great taste of blended juiceall in a convenient resealable container. From Easy4Busy comes a drinkable 100% fruit purée that has the consistency of applesauce or a smoothie. You simply twist the cap and squeeze the fruit into your mouth from the container, which is soft, like Capri Sun's.

There are five varieties, which are packed with real fruit, no sugar, preservatives or additives. Here's a rundown of the impressive amount of fruit Easy4Busy manages to fit inside each container:

Pear Caramel: 1/2 Pear, 1 Apple, 1/4 Banana

Blueberry Raspberry: 110 blueberries, 6 raspberries, 1/2 banana, 1.5 apples

Kiwi: 1 kiwi, 1 passion Fruit, 1 apple

Mango: 2 mangos, 1 apple, 1/3 banana

Strawberry Banana: 6 strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1 apple

Treat yourself: $29.99 for a case of 10 11-ounce containers, e4b.com, (888) 832-7942

This month, two lucky Four Weeks subscribers will win
20 1/2-ounce packets of
Java Juice Pure Coffee Extract.

And 10 lucky Four Weeks subscribers
will win two 11-ounce containers of
Easy4Busy fruit

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