1. BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE
Infuse your favorite flavors from your childhood into a health smoothie. Choosing fat-free or low-fat peanut butter helps to cut back on some of the calories without reducing flavor. Throw in ice and some vanilla Greek yogurt, and you’ll have a treat that reminds you of a snack from your favorite childhood ice-cream shop. Freeze mixture for awhile for a more ice-cream like texture. You can play with this basic smoothie recipe and include different ingredients for variegated flavors. Some other ideas include honey, Greek yogurt, blueberries, peaches, flavored soy milk, regular milk, almond butter, etc. Adding in a few pieces of dark chocolate can help to make this snack or dessert even sweeter tasting.
2. OVERNIGHT OATS
Right now, making a healthy breakfast does not have to involve spending precious time slaving away over the stove. Make your favorite oatmeal the night before. You can choose steel-cut oats, flavored oatmeal or any other type that you desire. Then, you can add in whatever ingredients you want. Some people like to use their favorite smoothie ingredients. Others are satisfied with some cut up strawberries or blueberries on top of the yogurt. For a sweet taste, sprinkle on a little bit of brown sugar or cinnamon. Chocolate chips on top improve taste too. Put the oats in the fridge overnight, and you’ll have a tasty and cold breakfast to wake you up in the morning. For decorative purposes, consider storing the oats in a mason jar overnight.
3. FAST SALADS
When you purchase lettuce that has already been washed and bagged, you can make a quick salad. Even if you do the washing and chopping yourself, you can usually keep the process to less than five minutes if you use a small amount of ingredients. One of the healthiest parts of making a salad at home is that you are deciding exactly what goes into it. If you prefer to toss in few tomatoes and balsamic, you can, or you can chop up carrots and celery with a little bit of blue cheese for a different taste. You can make a Greek salad with black olives and feta cheese too, or you perhaps you prefer one with apples and brie.
4. WHOLE WHEAT PASTA SALAD
As long as you have already prepared the pasta or have purchased it freshly made, you can have a delicious and healthy pasta salad in no time. You can also look for brands of pasta that have fewer calories and more of what is healthy. Chop up a bunch of tomatoes and some basil, and then, pour low-fat balsamic dressing or balsamic vinaigrette over the pasta salad. An entire box of salad can last you for several meals, so you won’t have to worry about preparing lunch for the rest of the week. Furthermore, you can choose to add in some fat-free or low-fat mozzarella, and you have the perfect Italian pasta salad. Give this a try for your next barbecue too.
5. HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE
Guacamole is very easy to make at home, and you just need a few ingredients. Using three avocados will give you a decent amount of guacamole that you can snack on for the next few days. You can try using lime or keep the avocado pit in the bowl to prevent the guacamole from turning brown. Otherwise, you can share this healthy snack with friends. Squeeze the juice of a lime into the mixture as you smash it together. Chopping up tomatoes and onions to add in to the guacamole is common. As far as spices go, cumin is generally used. You may choose to add onion powder, garlic powder or some hot spices as well to kick up the flavor.