They say weight loss happens in the kitchen. While that's definitely true, you also have a great opportunity to bring other benefits into your life when cooking, like boosting your energy or lowering your cholesterol.
Of course, there are many challenges facing the average person when it comes to healthy cuisine:
- Lack of adequate meal prep time
- Unfamiliarity with cooking techniques
- Family members reluctant to try something new
The reason we've selected the following five recipes is because they address each of these concerns. They can be prepared quickly, do not require any special cooking skill or knowledge, and best of all, they taste great!
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Top 5 Quick & Healthy Meals
If you're looking for a simple way to turn your eating habits around, this is the place to start.
1) Overnight Oats
This recipe couldn't be easier. As the name suggests, this preparation is meant to be left overnight, so it will be ready as a quick and healthy breakfast option in the morning.
The heart healthy benefits of oats have been known for a long time, and many doctors recommend adding oats to your diet to help lower cholesterol. Oats also have the added benefit of giving you an important energy boost from complex carbohydrates.
2) Green Smoothie
This green smoothie is easy to make, packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and tastes like a tropical dessert.
The green color comes from its main ingredient: spinach. Those of you who have bad childhood memories of chewing on soggy cooked spinach at dinner needn't worry. This recipe calls for raw baby spinach which is tender, mild, and ever so slightly sweet.
Plant-based meals such as this green smoothie do wonders for your energy level and your waistline. Give this recipe a try, you won't regret it!
3) Honey Grapefruit with Banana
Grapefruit has long been praised as a weight-loss superfood, so incorporating it into your diet can help blast fat and lower cholesterol.
Of course, grapefruit and banana are also filled with antioxidants and vitamins, providing you with that much-needed burst of energy.
Not too fond of grapefruit? That's where the banana and honey come in. The combined flavors and textures of these simple ingredients make for a wonderfully delicious not-too-tart, not-too-sweet surprise.
This recipe can be part of a great breakfast or healthy snack any time of day.
4) Tomato and Avocado Cheese Sandwich
Vegetarian friendly, packed with flavor, and hitting nearly every part of the food pyramid, this sandwich is an energy-boosting bomb which will keep you feeling full for hours.
Those of you who struggle with eating healthy while in the office can prepare these simple sandwiches at home.
5) Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad
Feel ready to take on a slightly more challenging recipe? Check out this delicious, protein packed, healthy meal.
This chicken salad manages to be creamy without feeling heavy, thanks to the healthy fats found in avocado. It’s also a great way to make use of leftover chicken.
So which of these will you be incorporating into your healthy eating this week? Let us know in the comments!
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- Our 7-Step Anti-Inflammatory Diet
- How much protein you really need
- The best foods to eat (and avoid) to lose fat
- Specific meal plans and recipes for optimal results
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