Breakfast: Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a quick, tasty way to jumpstart your morning. Making your breakfast the night before will save you time in the morning and allow your oats to saturate overnight for a more flavorful bowl. Heat in the morning or eat cold, then add any toppings you’d like; the possibilities are endless! Personally, oats can do no wrong in my book, so feel free to get creative.
For flavor inspiration like almond joy and banana nut oats, see here.
Lunch: Protein Power Bowl
Protein bowls are all about throwing together whatever you have in the fridge to create some crazy combinations that will keep you full and energized.
- start with a base of leafy greens like spinach, arugula or kale
- Add in whatever vegetables you have on hand like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, or peppers
- Pick a protein of your choice like beans, chicken, tuna, egg, or nuts (or any combination you’d like)
- Grains like quinoa or brown rice and dairy such as cheddar cheese or cottage cheese are also optional, tasty additions
- Add a little homemade dressing, oil and vinegar, or salsa and you’re good to go!
For life changing protein bowls like Chopped Quinoa Salad with Cranberries or Black Bean Burrito Bowls, see here.
Snack: Quinoa Coconut Cacao Bar
Energy and protein bars in stores are easily deceptive in how many calories and grams of sugar are actually contained in one bar. There have been multiple articles about how many popular “healthy” bars available are actually akin to eating a candy bar, so why not make your own? It’s easier than you think and you can personalize your bars however you want. Now that’s what I call a power bar.
To make the simple DIY energy bar mentioned above (and other healthy snacks), click here. If you need a quick fix while you’re already out and about, here’s a helpful article on some packaged bars in stores that are healthier options.
Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
No better way to finish your day than with some lean protein and green vegetables! Stir-fry is great option to keep dinners quick and healthy after hours of work or running errands.
To make the recipe above, click here. It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!
Dessert: Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Drops
I don’t know about you, but I need something savory to satisfy my sweet tooth every day. I won’t waste your time with a classic Martha Stewart recipe. Everyone knows how to make mouthwatering desserts with butter, sugar and flour. It’s the dessert recipes that will help you stay on track with your health goals that the general population ostracizes as not “real” dessert. Yes, chickpeas don’t sound like they belong in dessert and I too was a skeptic, but after I made these little bites of heaven I’m glad I gave them a chance!
Cookie dough bites like this are becoming a popular trend as a snack or dessert option. With drastically less calories than regular dessert, these bite-sized balls are packed with protein and fiber without compromising taste. Sounds like a guilt-free no-brainer to me.
To take a leap of faith and try the recipe above, see here.
Check back with us next week for more healthy recipes like this. Also, explore TeddyCan’s Health and Wellness blog for more health tips and trends.