Health Food That Doesn't Taste Healthy
It looks pretty. But it doesn't always taste pretty to me.
How Healthy Do You Eat?
Health food is the most logical food choice. On top of a long life, eating healthy can reduce depression, increase productivity, and slow aging. So why is eating healthy so hard?
For me, the biggest problem is the taste. The second biggest problem is the time.
When I’m under a deadline, it’s a lot easier for me to cook up a frozen pizza for lunch or order takeout than to make a salad or to find some soup in the cupboard, and after a long day, I don’t have the energy or will to resist the cravings and cook something healthy. Also, I don’t like a lot of healthy food. Salads don’t excite me and I prefer my sandwiches with meat and cheese and as little vegetables as possible. As far as health shakes go, forget it. They taste healthy. I don’t like food that tastes healthy.
Nevertheless, I have to change my diet for the reasons mentioned above. So I’ve decided to replace one meal a day with a healthier option, and to keep my snacks as healthy as possible. Breakfast is the easiest meal for me, because it’s before I start my workday and it’s easier for me to find healthy food that I enjoy. My favorite meals are banana pancake, oatmeal patties, and almond butter toast.
This is definitely my favorite recipe, although I was a little skeptical at first. Here are the ingredients to make one serving: 1 egg, and 1 banana. Seriously. And it tastes amazing (if you like bananas, which I do).
Put a medium sized pan on low heat.
In a bowl mash up the banana until there aren’t any huge chunks. Pour the egg on top of the banana and scramble it all up.
Pour the mixture in the pan and let it cook for ten minutes and then flip it. After a couple extra minutes, the other side will be cooked.
Eat with desired toppings.
I use a coconut oil cooking spray to coat the pan to prevent excess oil soaking the pancake and most of the time I skip the sweetener. (I usually only put it on anyway because normal pancakes can be so dry, but the banana takes care of that). Sometimes I make a second one for myself, but often this can last me until lunchtime.
Another healthy breakfast food I like is microwave muffins. You can get the recipe for it here.
Do you use molasses as a sweetener?
Although I’m not a fan of regular oatmeal without a lot of sweetener on it, I do like oatmeal patties, which takes only a little bit longer than oatmeal.
Cook 1 serving of oatmeal. You can find the directions and measurements for this on the side of the container.
Put a medium size pan on low to medium heat and let it get hot.
Spoon the oatmeal into the pan in small circles and use a spatula to flatten them out until they are slightly thicker than pancakes.
Cook until the underside of the pattie is toasted golden brown toasted before flipping it over and doing the same to the other side.
Patties will be a little crumbly, but they should hold together for the most part. I prefer these with molasses over it, but I also like having fruit as a topping. I much prefer the crisp texture of oatmeal patties to the gooey texture of actual oatmeal so it’s a lot easier for me to eat it with less sugary toppings.
Almond Butter Toast
This is the easiest one to make. It’s just simply toast with almond butter instead of peanut butter. I use almond butter because it has slightly more nutrients than peanut butter and it’s hard for me to find peanut butter in my grocery store that doesn’t have extra additives. I also use whole wheat or whole grain bread instead of white bread or potato bread, and I have some fruit on the side.
In addition to the breakfast, I try and find healthy snacks that I like. Some of my favorites are hummus and crackers, chips and salsa, and ants on a log.
Hummus and Crackers
Although I know it would be healthier for me to dip vegetables into hummus instead of crackers, I’m not nearly as satisfied with that, and I figured it would be better for me and my work day if I just had whole wheat crackers or tortilla chips with hummus instead of having vegetables just to get up a few minutes later to get some unhealthy snack. You can find all-natural hummus at most grocery stores or you can make your own. My favorite is the roasted red pepper one, but I like most hummus, especially the spicy ones and ones with garlic. As for the crackers, I try to get healthier ones, and non-GMO chips when I can. Even though it’s more expensive to get non-GMO I think it’s worth it. My problem with this one is that I tend to go a little crazy on the portions and it only takes a day or two to go through a container with seven servings.
Chips and Salsa
If there’s any health food that I don’t think tastes healthy, it would be natural spicy food. I can’t get enough of it, and that includes salsa, which is basically vegetables. I eat it with tortilla chips, which has complex carbs, and again, non-GMO when I can. I’ve also found that chips and salsa can be really filling and is easy to get for a snack or a quick lunch. Sometimes when I’m feeling particularly adventurous I mix dried red pepper flakes or fresh habanero in with the salsa (believe me, you’re not the first person to think I’m crazy for this). I’ve realized that spicy food satisfies a lot of my cravings, and its accessibility makes it one of my more common snacks. The problem with this one for me is that I can’t eat it around my computer because it can be pretty messy if I’m not paying attention, so not good if I need to eat and work at the same time.
Ants on a Log
This isn’t just for little kids. If I want a more filling snack that’s quick to eat, celery with peanut or almond butter works perfectly. Because I don’t like raisins, I stick almonds into the peanut butter and I’m getting protein in without all the unhealthiness of meat (and I don’t have to buy meat from the grocery stores as often, which means less business to animal abuse farms). It takes a little bit more effort than just grabbing a bag of chips and a jar of salsa, or a container of hummus and a box of crackers, but the effort put into ants on a log (as minimal as it is) keeps me from eating more than I need to to sustain me until the next meal, which is a plus.
Just replacing one meal and my snacks with healthier options has made a huge difference on my energy levels and I’m able to get work done a lot faster as a result. And because of the extra energy, I’m drinking less and less caffeine, which keeps my body from absorbing all the nutrients I need. So it’s a lot easier to change my whole diet because I changed one meal and snacks. And now that I’m discovering healthier options for lunch and dinner, and I hopefully cut junk food out of my life for good (or at least restrict it to the holidays).