I have a dilemma. I love to eat, but I’m a terrible cook. I’m the sort of person that accidentally substitutes salt for sugar, or leaves out 3 ingredients without noticing. So needless to say, I’ve been forced to find ways to eat healthy that are simple and taste good. Today I will share some of my favorites with you.
Granola – There are lots of great ways to make granola a tasty, exciting snack. Try adding some fruit, yogurt, honey, or raisins. This Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola is one of my favorite breakfasts. It gives me a great energy boost for the day, and tastes amazing. Next time you are in the natural foods section of your local grocery store, check for KIND brand snacks. They make high quality granola mixes and granola bars which are not only extremely healthy, but they actually taste good too 🙂
Fruit and Veggie Salads – One of the biggest problems with the modern American diet is that we don’t eat anywhere near enough fruits and vegetables. Experts recommend having at least 5-9 servings of raw fruits and veggies per day. (And no, canned pears surrounded in high fructose corn syrup and sugar don’t count as fruit). When fruits and vegetables are cooked they lose a lot of nutrients and vital enzymes. Raw fruits and veggies are also much higher in fiber, which is super important for helping with the digestive process. A high fiber diet keeps your digestive system clean and in good working order. Instead of grabbing that bag of potato chips next time you want a snack, have an apple or carrots instead. Your body will thank you once it becomes a habit. One way to keep things interesting is to not eat the same fruits and veggies over and over. Change things up once in awhile and try something new. With hundreds of different fruits and veggies to choose from, you won’t run out of exciting new options.
Smoothies – There are endless options for what you can do with smoothies. You can blend fruits, vegetables, add in some protein powder or nutritious supplements, and create just about any flavor or texture that you can think of. And the best part is that smoothies are not only very easy to digest, but they are also incredibly good for you! Check on Allrecipes.com for some ideas. You can try smoothies that are loaded with antioxidants, detoxifying ingredients, and/or vitamins and nutrients. There are smoothies that can help remedy just about any health problem, since they remove toxins and boost your immune system. Try this Green Detox Smoothie or this delicious Very Berry Blueberry Smoothie.
Protein – One thing the meals above are lacking is protein. Especially if you are working out on a regular basis, protein is something you don’t want to neglect in your diet. It is very important for muscle repair and growth. There are several easy ways you can get quality protein in your diet. One of the most easily digested forms of protein is whey protein isolate. There are hundreds of protein powders on the market, but don’t let the choices overwhelm you. You only have to remember one thing: look for the most pure protein you can find. By pure I mean make sure it isn’t loaded with lots of artificial ingredients. I personally love this Ultimate Protein because I’m partial to the Vanilla flavor and it is a very high quality whey protein. Do some research and check with your doctor to find a protein that is right for you. If you don’t want to go with a protein powder, other ways you can get protein in your diet is to eat lean meats (if you like beef, make sure it is grass fed and organic), peanut butter, eggs, or yogurt. Again, make sure you check with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure you are getting the right amount of protein in your diet. If you are on the go a lot and need a fast, healthy protein snack, try these Quest Protein Bars. They taste AMAZING, are gluten free, and are made with quality whey protein.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Consult with your doctor or dietitian before trying anything I post on my blog. I claim no credit for the photos used in my blog posts.