7 Days of Healthy Meals and Snacks (and some healthy cooking tips)
Debunking Childhood Myths of Eating Habits
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What's in this HUB:
- HEALTHY EATING GUIDE (Spices and Tips)
- 7 DAYS OF MEALS
- A FEW YUMMY SNACKS
- LEAVE A COMMENT!
Substituting Bad Foods with Good Flavors
Is is possible to eat good foods that are also healthy??
Step 1. Replace the salt you put on your foods with other flavorful options.
There are so many delicious vegetables and plants that can add lots of flavor to your foods without having to pile on the salt and pepper. By decreasing your salt intake, you will retain less water, potentially help to regulate your blood pressure, and even increase heart health. There are many spices that you may use once or twice in recipes then put them in your spice rack while forgetting about them. Here are a list of spices that when added to different meats, seafood and veggies will increase flavor and leave you more satisfied.
- Rosemary (try popping popcorn on the stove with some rosemary in it- delicious! Also use olive oil)
- Crushed Red Pepper
Step 2: Add more than just veggies to your meals
It is easy to get in a cooking rut when you are beginning to cook healthy again. You think ok- here are the 5 foods I know that I can have and then you get bored with them in 5 days. Here are some ways to add items to your meals to help fill you up, mix it up and keep you more satisfied overall.
- Add sunflower seeds (to a salad, vegetable mix, diced meat to saute')
- Add dried fruit (see my brussel sprouts recipe below in snacks)
- Add pistachios, pecans, almonds, walnuts or cashews (But do be careful- nuts do have a lot of good fats in them, but too much-with every meal- will not help your diet)
- PB2 (This is a powdered peanut butter and I promise that it is actually really good- add it to a smoothie, with soy sauce and water to make a dressing, etc.)
- Sun-dried tomatoes (Add a few of these to anything more a more compact flavor added bonus!)
- Quinoa and Chickpeas (Add these to a salad/meat or roast the chickpeas in the oven for a snack)
- Onions add flavor to any recipe
- Artificial sweeteners such as Stevia
- Lemon or lemon zest
- NEVER USE BUTTER- use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) or PAM when cooking
Step 3: Put these ingredients together and get cooking!
I am going to list a weeks worth of easy meals along with some of (what my grandpa used to call them) my make-em-eat recipes which are basically whatever is in your pantry you add together and Presto! a great meal.
7 Days of Healthy Meals- Day by Day
Getting back into the swing of healthy eating and/or dieting after the holidays is much like putting your mind and body through detox. All of the fatty and sugary foods and alcohol that we have been consuming have definitely caught up with us. Do you find yourself craving sugary foods when you never did before? What about foods packed with oily sauces and cheeses? This is what a few weeks (or a month if you started at Thanksgiving and went through Christmas!) of going from each side of you and your significant other's family's homes for quality time and meals will do to your appetite.
If your grandmother is anything like mine, she makes about a dozen different candies and it seems like a cake a day in the holiday season. Although I am generally not a sweet fan, place her sweets in front of me, and I rarely tell my grandmother no.
So now, this is where you are, craving salty and sweet foods that for the rest of the year you may never even think twice about. Now what? Dieting or healthy eating plans of course! I will provide you with a weeks worth of EASY meals that will keep you full and satisfied while adding the healthy foods back into your diet and getting rid of the desire to run to your grandma's house for a snack.