Eating healthy is a conscious choice a lot of us choose to make. You need to make sure that you plan your week around what you eat. That means that you have to go to the grocery store fairly regularly, or write a comprehensive shopping list for the week. This is where meal planning comes in. If you want all of your meals to contain all of the food groups needed for a diverse diet, then it is time to start planning what you will eat every day. Here are some easy dishes to get you started!
Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
This might sound like a very fancy breakfast dish, but it is actually easy to make, and on top of that very good for you. Oatmeal is full of fiber, and tends to keep you full for longer, as it expands in your stomach. Add some peach slices, nuts of your choosing, like pecans or walnuts, and some brown sugar or cinnamon, and you have a treat in a bowl. This is a great dish to start your day with.
Asian Noodle Salad
For lunch, you may want to mix things up a bit, and go with a salad, rather than a hot meal. Most healthy dishes will call for a lot of vegetables or fruits in them. To make an Asian noodle salad, all you will need is a packet of ramen, or if you want to be even healthier, grab some rice noodles. Rice noodles have less preservatives in them. The base of the salad will basically be a cabbage coleslaw mix. On top of this base, you can add some shelled edamame, as soybeans contain a ton of protein. Fresh pieces of chopped mango can also be added into the mix for a bit of sweetness, but also because orange fruits contain beta-carotene, which is important for maintaining eye health. As a final touch, crunch up the noodles, and sprinkle them liberally throughout the salad. Then, add a dash of avocado oil, and your favorite salad dressing.
Black Bean And Chicken Quesadillas
A rotisserie chicken is a pretty wondrous thing to buy for the meal preppers out there. It can be used for multiple recipes throughout the week, and provides a great source of protein. For those that love some Mexican-inspired food, then quesadillas should definitely be on the menu. Not only are they healthy, but they are very quick to make, like all of the dishes on this list. Chicken stir fries, or other dishes that have already been made can easily become the filling for a quesadilla. What you will need to make these, are a can of drained and rinsed black beans, some tortillas, and a premade filling. This can be a buffalo chicken one, or a vegetarian option such as sweet potato, or butternut squash. Grab a tortilla, put the filling mixed with black beans on one half of it, and then fold the tortilla in half. You can choose to fry it in a pan, or bake it in the oven depending on how crispy you like your tortillas. Baking your quesadilla is the healthier option, as it uses less oil.
Now, you can have some delicious home cooked meals with your friends and family, and continue adding to your meal plan recipe list!