Getting into the habit of eating healthy is hard for two reasons. One, it’s probably something you are not used to. Two, you have no idea what foods to prepare. These were the two major reasons why my journey to healthy eating was and sometimes is still difficult. Everyone has personal, distinct reasons why they want to start eating healthy or healthier. For me personally, I just felt like I was not doing my body and good by consuming grams of sugar and fat. Not that I was going to forbid myself from eating these things, I just did not want to eat them as often (only on my “cheat days” … but not every cheat day).
Below I will be sharing some meals that I think are healthy but yet very delicious. Some of them, I have tried and prepared myself and others, I have heard about from friends and other sources and would love to try. Hopefully you will try them out and let me know what you think!
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie with Soy or Almond Milk: This is really filling and a great source of protein. Soy milk or Almond milk is a healthy alternative to regular milk. This can also serve as a meal replacement, as can any other smoothie. If you don’t want to try this, or maybe you’re allergic to bananas or peanut butter, you can make a smoothie with literally whatever you want. Greens (Spinach, kale) are also great to add to smoothies. One thing I will say is that pineapples or bananas help sweeten the smoothie, but if you know or find something that works as well, feel free to use it and please share.
Whole wheat pancakes or waffles: These are a great alternative. They may not taste as great the first time or you may have to shop around for a brand that you really like. Also, instead of syrup which is extremely high in sugar, try raw honey.
Egg White Omelet: Anyone who knows me knows I love egg white omelets and not to mention, they are one of my specialties. I personally put only vegetables in my omelets (Sweet peppers, lots of spinach, and a little bit of onions). I do add hot, spicy pepper and a little salt to give it a little more taste. Occasionally, I add shredded cheese but not
too much. You can add meats (bacon, ham, etc.) to your omelet if you desire. This can be eaten alone or with toast or a bagel if you want something a little heavier.
Lunch/ Dinner Choices
Sautéed or baked Chicken or Salmon: Chicken is always a healthy option but Salmon or fish in general is a healthier option (or maybe I’m just biased because I love salmon) depending on how and with what it is prepared. You can have this, with a side of brown rice, sautéed fresh tomatoes and sweet peppers with fresh spinach chopped and sprinkled on top. For a crunch, dip the chicken in egg first and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top before baking or sautéing.
Wheat Pasta or Spaghetti Squash with ground turkey: If you’re a pasta lover like myself then you should definitely try this. These are both great alternatives. I have yet to try Squash Spaghetti but I hear it’s lovely. Also, the great thing about it is, it’s not very filling so you can eat much more if you desire to as compared to regular spaghetti.
Eating healthy is hard and time consuming but it’s worth it. Once you get into the habit, it’s actually really fun. I really enjoy preparing healthy dishes for myself and for my friends. My creativity has also been sparked and the kitchen is one of my favorite places, considering my love for food.