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5 Healthy Foods That Are Easy to Make

by Maia Muttoo Sep 17, 2018

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When you’re on the go, sticking to a balanced diet can be difficult. Here are five healthy foods that are easy to prepare.

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and smoothies are the perfect quick way to pack in all the nutrients you need for the day ahead.

Add a liquid base like almond milk, juice or water to a blender. Blend with bananas or avocado for a thicker, creamier texture. Berries are a great low calorie option for fruit, while mango adds loads of natural sweetness. Greens like kale or spinach add iron and fiber, while collagen or hemp powder provide an extra dose of protein.

Try pouring your smoothie into a bowl and topping with sliced banana, nuts or seeds for an even more filling (and Instagram worthy) version of a classic.

Toast with Toppings

Avocado toast has been trending for years, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s fast, delicious and nutritious. So why stop at avocado? Topping your toast with nut butter and fruit is another healthy way to fuel an early morning workout or get your brain powered for a day at the office.

For avocado toast, mash ripe avocado in a bowl with lime juice, salt and pepper. Spread over Ezekiel toast and enjoy.

For nut butter toast, try almond butter with blueberries or the tried and true combination of peanut butter and banana.

Cauliflower Rice

If you’re watching your carbohydrate or grain intake, cauliflower can give you all the texture of rice without any of the guilt. The cruciferous vegetable is low in saturated fat, high in magnesium and fiber, and rich with vitamin C.

Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until very fine, or a similar consistency to rice. Heat a pan over medium heat with olive oil and minced garlic. Add cauliflower to the pan stirring until warm and very slightly brown; squeeze with lime, then toss with cilantro and salt to taste.

Buddha Bowls

Buddha Bowls combine protein, healthy grains and vegetables into an aesthetically pleasing dish that’s easy to assemble.

First, add healthy grains like quinoa or brown rice. Top with protein (chicken, tofu, chickpeas, black beans or lentils) then add vegetables or fruit (onion, tomato, avocado, carrot, beet or cabbage). It’s really that simple. Eat as is, or drizzle lightly with dressing.

Parfaits

Parfaits are a great option for those looking to curb their sweet tooth.

In a jar or glass, layer fruit and Greek yogurt (or a coconut based yogurt alternative for a dairy-free option). Top with chia seeds, toasted coconut flakes or granola for an added crunch.

Nutrition doesn’t have to be a chore; these easy recipes will have you eating healthy in no time at all (literally).

Sources: Greatist, The Food Network, Nutrition Data, Healthline, Buzzfeed