On a Diet and Always Hungry? Add These Filling Foods to Your Menus
One of the most difficult aspects of dieting is not feeling full after eating diet foods such as salads, fruits, and vegetables. But part of the problem with this is that some dieters eat foods in bland and boring ways, like just eating a bowl of fruit or just eating salads every single day. Anyone would get bored with this kind of eating. Luckily there are many ways to prepare healthy foods so that you do feel like you’re eating something extra special and you’ve had enough to eat. Here are four health foods with different ways to enjoy them....
Mix Up Your Meals with Mason Jar Salads
Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to eat healthy foods when they’re eye-appealing? Food presentation goes a long way. For example, have you ever seen a mason jar salad? There’s something about all of those colorful layers of fresh foods that makes you want to shake it up and gobble it down. Mason jar meals are part art and part interactive.
To make your own mason jar salads, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind. The layering is important. You’ll want to put the food layers in the jar backwards to how you would prepare a...
Make Your Own Dried Apples, Without a Dehydrator
Apples are an easy snack. They pack well into lunch boxes, there’s little to no prepping involved, and they’re very nutritious. With its soluble fiber, an apple is a great snack choice when you need and want to stay filled in between meals. If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy this classic snack, you may want to try your hand at making apple chips. They’re easy to make, you don’t need a dehydrator, and you can make them chewy or crispy.
½ cup lemon juice
4 cups water
2 large apples
Line two large...
There are some vegetables and fruits that were just meant for each other. Like carrots, orange juice, and ginger. Carrots and orange juice are vibrantly appealing, ginger offers a standout flavor, and all three offer a variety of nutrients. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and a very good source of biotin, fiber, molybdenum, potassium, and vitamins C, B6, and K. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of fiber, and a good source of calcium, copper, folate, potassium, and vitamin B1. And ginger is well known for gastrointestinal relief, its anti-inflammatory effects,...
Healthier Mini Shepherd
Shepherd’s pie is one of those dishes that feels like a hug. It’s comfort food at its finest, and it’s also one of those dishes that make you wonder how many calories you’re consuming in one sitting. This healthier version of shepherd’s pie uses squash puree instead of mashed potatoes. And the mini size helps keep overeating at bay.
Healthier Mini Shepherds Pies
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
12 ounces 93% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
½ teaspoon garlic...
Low-Calorie Egg Salad
Egg salad is a classic dish, perfect for lunch and special occasion events. Serve this flavorful version on pumpernickel bread, on whole wheat crackers, on a bed of mixed greens, or in a hollowed out tomato, or enjoy in a lettuce wrap. This recipe swaps out regular mayo and adds in low-fat mayo along with nonfat plain yogurt. Eggs are a great source of protein, yogurt contains beneficial bacteria that can help aid with digestion, and celery is an excellent source of vitamin K, as well as a very good source of fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, and more.
Grilled Eggplant & Baba Ghanoush
Eggplant is a low-calorie vegetable that is probably best known for its role in eggplant parmesan, an absolutely delicious dish, but one that can be calorie heavy from frying the eggplant and then smothering it with cheese and sauce. This appetizer showcases eggplant in healthier way, grilled. Eggplant is a very good source of copper, fiber, and vitamin B1 and is a good source of folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamins B1, B3, B6, and K.
The next time you’re hosting a gathering, put this flavorful grilled eggplant and baba ghanoush dish on the buffet table and watch it disappear. Serve...
Healthier Lasagna, Rolled Up
It’s hard to turn down a hot plate of lasagna, but when you’re trying to be mindful of certain foods and how they affect your specific health, all that ooey gooey cheesy pasta deliciousness can make you feel tortured. This recipe swaps out refined wheat flour pasta with whole-wheat lasagna noodles and ricotta cheese with crumbled tofu. No guilt here!
If you’re curious about the difference between whole wheat pasta and white pasta, here’s the scoop. Whole wheat pasta consists of 3 parts of the grain: the outer layer of the grain (the bran), the sprouting part of the grain...
High Protein Breakfast: Kicked Up Scrambled Eggs with Jalapeno Pepper and Cherry Tomatoes
If you think breakfast doesn’t matter, think again. Because after a night of digesting last night’s dinner, your body needs fresh fuel to get you through the morning. This kicked up breakfast offers the right nutrition to get your day started right: the eggs offer a big dose of protein, the jalapeno pepper is a great mood booster, and the tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Kicked Up Scrambled Eggs with Jalapeno Pepper and Cherry Tomatoes
2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white
Kosher salt, to season
Cabbage-Carrot-Romaine Salad: A Cold-Weather Salad to Perk Up Your Taste Buds
This salad features cabbage, carrots, and romaine: three cool-season crops that will perk up tables and taste buds. When you’re reminiscing about summer salads, this salad will remind you what fresh is all about. And cabbage and carrots make perfect additions to fall and winter soups, roasts, and more. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamins C, B6, and K and a very good source of copper, fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamin B1. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and a very good source of biotin, fiber, molybdenum, potassium, and vitamins C, B6, and K. Romaine lettuce...