I walked into the gym yesterday morning apprehensive about how crowded it would be. Sometimes the gym is jam-packed in January because of all the New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight. Other times, like this year, the gym crowd seems to be about the status quo, so there’s no rush to get a free treadmill or share the weights with too many people. While I always encourage people to exercise – in whatever way works for you – I’m a bigger proponent of healthier eating. I indulge on a semi-regular basis for sure,but for the most part I emphasize delicious, healthy options morning, noon, and night.
There are so many diet plans out there, but there is one similarity between each and every one of them – veggies. Diets and eating plans don’t restrict your veggie intake, which means that everybody’s diet should go to town on the nutrient-rich produce! So, whether or not you made a new year’s resolution to lose weight/eat healthier, we can all use a reminder to include more veggies and whole grains in our diets!
Snacks and munchies are real and best not to be ignored. This crunchy trail mix is a great way to get some fiber, some nutrients, omega-3s, and to boost your afternoon lull!
Rice cakes are a lifesaver. You can munch on them plain, but I love to swap them out for a traditional piece of bread. Here are five ideas for toppings when you need a hearty snack/small meal to power you a little longer!
Breakfast can be tricky when you’re trying to get out the door. It’s often a carb-filled meal (if you have breakfast at all). These orange and carrot muffins give you a boost of nutrients in the morning and they’re made with nonfat greek yogurt, so there’s no unnecessary fat – not to mention the protein! Make sure to put these in the fridge or freezer after baking to keep the yogurt fresh.
This dish is great for breakfast or dinner. It’s packed with tons of veggies and good protein. The hint of smoked paprika makes it so flavorful, you’ll forget just how healthy it is!
This is a hearty salad fit for dinner. Protein-packed with the lentils, this salad topped with roasted leeks and carrots is so, so delicious. Great leftover for lunch too!!
This butternut squash and barley bowl is one of my all time favorite recipes! The roasted squash is so comforting and barley is a great whole grain to add to your diet! Enjoy with lean protein or on it’s own. Delicious warm or cold!
This is a classic dish but it can also be super healthy. Use whole grains and loads of veggies. Top with just a bit of cheese to avoid lots of extra fat. Salsa, hot sauce, and cilantro are great low-calorie toppings. A few slices of avocado are also delicious!
A super easy and healthy weeknight dinner option. Get those great nutrients from the sweet potato and complete protein from quinoa. You can add fajita veggies for an even more authentic dinner!