Hello fellow shopaholics!
Lately I have been trying to focus more on eating healthy & reducing the amount of meat I am eating. Since doing so, I have had so much more energy to get through the days & I have refound my love for cooking.
The places I have found to be best when it comes to having vegetarian options & tasty food alternatives, are Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods. The produce is yummy, there are several options for *healthy* frozen or quick & easy meals if you’re in a time crunch, & the quality of the food is better than that of which you'd find at Walmart.
My go to meal lately has been veggie burgers. There are so many ways switch up the toppings so they don't get old, & there isn't as much guilt after eating them. I have also been loving Acai bowls. There is countless combinations when making them, they can be packed full of protein & plenty of antioxidants to start your morning, & give you a chance to get in a full (or more than full) serving of fruits & veggies.
Keep reading if you want some new tasty recipes to try. :-)
B R E A K F A S T
A C A I B O W L S
Fruit puree packet- My favorites are pictured above
Frozen fruits of choice
Granola of choice
Protein Powder (optional)
I start by breaking up a puree packet and blending it with about a cup of milk. After it is blended I will add whatever frozen fruit I am feeling like having that day, one handful at a time. Putting in the fruit little by little ensures the blender is able to blend it all.
After I have all the frozen ingredients blended together I add in honey for a little sweetness, lean protein, & a tiny bit of vanilla yogurt to make the texture smoother. Then once that is all blended well, I pour the smoothie into a bowl.
Once in the bowl, I add whatever toppings I am feeling that day. This is the fun part, in my opinion, because it always looks really pretty. After I have all the toppings I want placed on top, I will finish the bowl by drizzling honey over everything & dig in!
Calories: 300-450 | Protein: 15-20g
M I D D A Y S N A C K
C H I A S E E D P U D D I N G
2 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1-1 1/2 Cup Milk
Honey to taste (for sweetness)
First, pour your milk into a cup with honey & stir until the honey dissolves- add as much as you want for sweetness.
Next, stir in your chia seeds till they are no longer clumped together. After they are stirred thoroughly, let the mixture sit for about five minutes.
After letting it sit, stir again to remove any clumps, & leave for 30 min-overnight to let chia seeds absorb liquid & sweetness.
Calories: 300 | Protein: 14 grams
D I N N E R S T A R T E R / S I D E
P E S T O S T I R F R Y
Stir fry kit from Trader Joe's
2 Tbsp Oil
4 Tbsp water
I love these kits because they are quick to make, taste amazing, & only require one pan to make!
To start, put the oil in a pan and sauté the veggies for about 6 minutes. After sautéing them, add 4 Tbsp of water & steam for an additional 3-4 minutes till tender.
After the veggies are done, stir in noodles till heated, add lemon-kale pesto, & top with parmesan.
Calories: 80 per 1 cup | Protein: 2g
D I N N E R - O P T I O N 1
V E G G I E B U R G E R S
Veggie Burgers (My favorite are from TJ's)
Teriyaki Sauce (any condiments)
Tomato, Lettuce, Onion, Etc...
These are very simple & quick to make. First, you are going to want to spray a pan with plenty of cooking spray & season your burger with your favorite spices. After you do this, cook each side of the burger till it has a golden crust on each side.
While your burgers are cooking, toast your bun & get the toppings ready. My favorite toppings are avocado, teriyaki or barbecue sauce, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, & sometimes an egg if I want to switch it up a little.
To complete this meal, pair your burger with a salad, a vegetable, or even treat yourself with a side of dessert. ;-)
Calories: 400-500 (depending on toppings) | Protein: 30g
D I N N E R - O P T I O N 2
O V E N R O A S T E D
A S P A R A G U S & S A L M O N
Seasoning (My favorites pictured)
To start, off I cut the ends of the asparagus off just to make sure I'm not eating any yucky parts. Then, I line the baking sheet with aluminum before putting on the asparagus to make clean up easy.
Next, I drizzle a little olive oil over the spears, sprinkle with seasoning, salt & pepper, & roll them around so they are a
Lastly, I pop them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. I prefer to do prepare the asparagus & have them roasting while I am cooking the salmon. This makes it so by the time the salmon is done, so is the asparagus, making everything ready to eat all at once.
Seasonings (My favorites pictured)
Salmon is packed full of healthy fats, protein, & is pretty easy to make! You will want to thoroughly season your salmon, spray the pan with plenty of cooking spray, & lay the salmon in the pan skin up on medium heat.
While the salmon is cooking, place a lid over the skillet you are using to keep in the heat & moisture, ensuring your salmon will be moist & flakey.
When you are able to peel back the skin & it comes off effortlessly you will know its time to flip your fillet.
Lastly, peel off all the skin (if you choose) & cook the other side of the fillet for just a few minutes. Once your fillet is cooked through, remove from heat, & serve with asparagus. I like to glaze the salmon with teriyaki sauce for a sweet & salty taste.
Calories: 500 | Protein: 42g
I hope that you all enjoy these meals & give them a try! Your feedback & photos are encouraged in the forum below. If you have any of your own recipes to share those can also be put in the forum- I would love to try them myself!
Till next time,