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5 Steps for Building a Healthier Meal

Who says healthy has to be boring? Building a healthier meal is fairly simply. Lot’s of color, variety, and a bit of creativity is the base of it all. Here’s a guide to creating a delicious, healthy meal.

Chicken Burgers

  1.  Vegetables
    1. Let’s start off with vegetables because up to 50% of your plate should be vegetables. They should be colorful and can vary between raw and gently cooked. In the above pictur,  I snuck some extra veggies in to my meal by stuffing my chicken burgers with spinach.
  2. Grains
    1. As a guide, stick to brown not white grains. Brown rice is an inexpensive option. Quinoa, amaranth,wild rice, and soba noodles are also great options that add variety and flavor.
  3. Legumes
    1. I’m talking about chickpeas, black beans, navy beans, and lentils to name a few.  These will add extra fiber to keep you full feeling longer and the necessary protein for optimal health.
  4. Lean Protein
    1. Chicken, beef, fish is great. If you’re vegetarian and not adverse to soy you can try tofu or tempeh.
  5. Make room for the fixin’s
    1. This is where it gets good. Add fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley to help flush heavy metals from your body. You could even add a dash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos for a health soy alternative. If you’d like to speed up your metabolism then add a dash of cayenne pepper. I like to add a side of sliced avocados because I’m kind of obsessed with avocados. The combinations are endless. Get creative and see what you can come up with!

Rustic Chicken

 

 

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