Healthy Eating: Day 3

 

For those of us who have followed religiously Tori's daily meal plans (check out Day 1 and Day 2) and have been waiting anxiously for more..today, the wait is over. :et her do all the planning, and you can do all the eating! f18d1a3844221233f396cd820ddda228-2

8:30 Breakfast- Fruit Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are perfect for a healthy and delicious start to the day, especially once the weather begins to get warmer. To easily make a great smoothie, start with a handful of ice, then add a splash of juice (orange juice always work well), add your chosen fruits such as strawberries, bananas, blueberries etc. (you can use fresh or frozen), and lastly, add a splash of almond milk or a scoop of Greek yogurt for added protein. Blend all of the ingredients together until combined, and you’ll have a delicious smoothie in jut a few minutes!

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11:00 Mid-Morning Snack- Sugar and Spice Nuts

Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats, which everyone needs in their diet, not to mention just a handful makes for a satisfying and healthy snack. To make your morning snack a little more exciting, give your nuts plenty of flavor by mixing them with a dash of vanilla, a sprinkle of sugar, cinnamon, eggs whites and a splash of water, and roast them in the oven until golden. Nuts that work perfectly in this recipe are cashews, pecans and almonds, but you could easily use whichever you like best!

 

1:00 Lunch- Hummus and Vegetable Plate

For an extremely healthy, no-carb lunch, hummus with an assortment of raw vegetables is a great option. Good hummus is easily store bought (try Tesco’s Organic Hummus) so there’s no need to go through the hassle of making it yourself, and it is best eaten with carrot sticks, sugar snap peas and slices of bell peppers for dipping. However, almost all vegetables taste great with hummus, and if you don’t want the no-carb option, homemade pita chips made a perfect addition to the hummus plate.

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3:30 Mid-Afternoon Snack- No-Bake Energy Bites

These no-bake energy bites couldn’t be simpler to make, and are actually so delicious for an afternoon pick me up! In a big mixing bowl, combine peanut butter (or any other nut butter or cookie butter as long as its smooth), old-fashioned oats, toasted coconut, dark chocolate chips, honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix all ingredients together and chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling into one-inch balls, which can keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. Also if you want an extra boost, you can add whole or ground flaxseeds for additional healthy benefits. It couldn’t be easier to make this healthy and tasty snack!

 

7:00 Dinner- Whole Wheat Pasta with Organic Tomato Sauce and Roasted Vegetables

There are some nights that simply call for a dinner of hearty comfort food, the easiest of which is pasta. While not usually deemed an extremely healthy dish, there’s no reason that pasta can’t be made into a perfectly healthy dinner with just a few simple ingredients. First, substitute normal white pasta for whole wheat, since white flour adds practically no nutritional value to your diet. Even better, if you can find quinoa pasta it makes a perfect substitute since it tastes the same, yet has lots of added protein. Next top your pasta with a simple organic tomato and basil sauce. This can be easily homemade, but if you want to reduce your cooking time, there are many healthy store-bought options. Lastly, add lots of roasted vegetables to your pasta dish, to make it even healthier and more delicious. Roasted vegetables can be made using onions, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, eggplant and garlic, tossing them in a roasting pan with a drizzle of olive oil, and roasting for about 45 minutes. This work best if you make a big pan of vegetables at the beginning of the week so you can add a dose of veggies to your pasta each night.

 

Images courtesy of gagetgirl and thekitchn.

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