Cooking healthy, nutritious meals may sound like it’s a lot of work, but believe it or not, there are tons of recipes out there that can make healthy eating simple. Here are just a few you can include in your own healthy nutrition plan.
Cereal-to-Go. – Cereal can be a perfectly healthy way to start your day, and a great way to make it even healthier (and tastier!) is to take a cup of plain low-fat yogurt, some lemon zest, and a tablespoon of sunflower seeds. Mix that all up, and then throw in half a cup of bran flakes. If you’d like a bit more flavor in there, throw in some berries, and/or some sliced almonds. You can also make it in a coffee thermos, so it’s totally transportable.
Hawaiian Wrap. – Who doesn’t love Hawaiian food? Take a quarter-cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, and half-a-teaspoon of caraway seeds, and put them together in a small bowl. Then, add a quarter-cup of diced pineapple, half a shredded carrot, two slices of chopped deli ham, and a quarter-head of Napa cabbage that you’ve thinly sliced. Dress everything in the yogurt sauce mixture you’ve whipped up, and spread onto a whole-wheat wrap. Then, roll it up, being sure to tuck it in, and enjoy.
Avocado Pasta. – Cook about one serving’s worth of angel hair pasta according to the instruction on the box. This should take about 12 minutes, including the time it takes to boil the water. While the pasta is cooking, take half a lemon’s worth of juice, one garlic clove, one tablespoon of olive oil, half of an avocado, and an eighth of a cup of basil, and put it in a food processor. Puree it in there, and then spread it over your pasta once it’s done cooking, and buon appetito!
Cooking more nutritional things for yourself is a great way to start being healthier. Heart disease — which includes Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases — is the number one cause of death in the United States. In fact, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 34 seconds, and yet about 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
These are just some of the easiest, nutritional meals you can make. If you know of any other nutritional recipes, feel free to share in the comments.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.