February 25, 2019 | Abby Caviness
While maintaining an active lifestyle is important for staying healthy, pairing exercise with nutritional eating plans could be the deciding factor in whether you meet your personal health goals. So, take the next step in your health journey and try these simple, nutritious meals that should leave you feeling both happy and healthy.*
You have probably heard at least once in your life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is true, but according to the NPD Group2, approximately 31 million U.S. consumers skip breakfast entirely. To make sure your day is fueled from the start, pair your morning coffee with this crustless corn and pepper quiche recipe from Shape magazine. Even better, double the recipe to meal prep your breakfast for the rest of the week.
Surprise, surprise. This superhealthy pizza is, you guessed it, super healthy. Courtesy of BBC Good Food, this recipe removes all the guilt from eating your typical greasy pizza and replaces it with a healthy alternative, which satisfies your cravings and keeps you on the right track toward meeting your goals. And while the recipe calls for specific toppings, feel free to add whatever vegetables you like to personalize the pizza to your own tastes.
Because the enemy of healthy eating is convenience, making meals in bulk and ahead of time combats all your lazy moments, benefitting both you and your wallet. Recipes like this slow cooker spicy turkey chili, courtesy of Martha Stewart, are a great way to meal prep for the week so you won’t be tempted to eat out. This way, a healthy and tasty meal is right at your fingertips and ready to reheat whenever you need it.
Before you opt for your traditional ham and cheese sandwich, consider swapping the processed cheeses and meats for fresh ingredients such as the ones found in this veggie caprese with olive pesto vegetarian sandwich recipe. Don’t let “vegetarian” scare you—this sandwich will fill you up without the need for meat, so don’t be afraid to try it.
While many people might think dessert is never an option when committed to a healthy lifestyle, adding a little chocolate to your diet can save you from impulse trips to the ice cream store when you get a craving for something sweet. Even better, mix that chocolate with protein and fiber and you have a treat that is both sweet and healthy.
*This material is provided by USHEALTH Group® for informational/educational purposes only and should not replace medical/clinical advice or direction from your health care provider.
- “Crustless Corn and Pepper Quiche,” Shape.com, last modified September 15, 2015, https://www.shape.com/recipe/crustless-corn-and-pepper-quiche
- “31 Million U.S. Consumers Skip Breakfast Each Day, Reports NPD,” NPD.com, last modified October 11, 2018, https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/pr_111011b/
- “Superhealthy Pizza,” BBCGoodFood.com, last modified April 2009, https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10117/superhealthy-pizza
- “Spicy Turkey Chili,” MarthaStewart.com, last modified March 2013, https://www.marthastewart.com/965071/spicy-turkey-chili
- “Veggie Caprese with Olive Pesto,” LoveandLemons.com, accessed February 4, 2019, https://www.loveandlemons.com/veggie-caprese-sandwich-olive-pesto/
- Sugar, Jenny, “5-Ingredient Protein Balls Taste Like a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup,” last modified October 21, 2018, https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Protein-Balls-40039099