Making healthy eating decisions is all about the availability and convenience of good food and good food knowledge. We’re giving you the means to eat healthy by providing you with the knowledge, 10 healthy recipes to ease you into a healthy eating lifestyle. The rest is up to you—let us know how you do!
Purely swapping out the type of meat used for a burger can get you started down the healthy highway. Turkey meat is naturally lower in fat than ground beef, while still maintaining the satiating properties. If you are one to pile on the toppings to your burger, go for fresh vegetables like lettuce or tomato and spread with avocado or hummus rather than mayo.
It has become apparent that our diets are extremely carbohydrate heavy. As a once pro-claimed “carbo-tarian”, I can tell you with much confidence that spaghetti made from vegetables is equally, if not more satisfying than regular wheat pasta. It adds a whole new dimension of flavor in addition to extra nutrients. Avoid heavy cream based sauces and you’re good to go.
Long gone are the days of ginormous steaks, make way for fresh fish. Rich in omega 3’s and other healthy fats, fish like tilapia and salmon are excellent sources of lean protein (unlike our friend the cow). Replacing your typical serving of red meat with a 3-ounce portion of fish is likely to leave you feeling much lighter (and improve your hair, skin, and nails).
With a color as brilliant as its taste, the sweet potato kicks some major white potato booty. The nutrient profile of this amazing tuber is so much more enhanced you really can’t argue with this healthy food swap. Load on your favorite, low calorie toppings like beans, Greek yogurt, and veggies to turn this into a meal.
Oatmeal is a great alternative to your usual breakfast cereal because it’s low in added sugar (back away from the brown sugar, please) and full of fiber, that good stuff that keeps you feeling full. Not to mention there are so many iterations of oatmeal you’re bound to find your ideal combination of nuts, fruit, spices, etc.
The truth is, it’s really hard to mess up a salad—unless it’s mayo or jello based. Stick to mostly greens, vegetables, and healthy sources of fat and you’re golden! Have you heard about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet? Try this Mediterranean salad and if you’re really looking to step up your health game, consider making your own dressing!
Another healthy and non-meat breakfast meal is eggs—any way you like them. Eggs are a rich source of protein and extremely versatile. They also reheat relatively well, making them a great leftover breakfast or lunch option. Load your omelet or scramble with a medley of vegetables and give your bacon a break.
We’re headed towards the seasons where warm, comfort foods are more appropriate, but there’s no need to pack on that extra insulation. Hearty soups like chili are chalk full of protein in the form of meats or beans and the liquid fills you up healthfully.
We can always use a couple more vegetables in our life. It’s likely you may not even know the difference—especially when layered with healthful toppings and low-fat cheese. There’s nothing like fooling the kids into eating more vegetables.
I’m all about using vegetables as vessels for other foods (celery and peanut butter, carrots and hummus, etc). Think about combining ancient grains like quinoa, farro, or wild rice with lean meats or low-fat cheeses all in one edible container!