I do not get to share as many quick and healthy meals as I would like to here on the blog. Because I have been so wrapped up in adjusting into a new home and city, there are so many other things I end up writing about.
If you follow me on Instagram, however, you will see a lot of my daily creations and recipes posted there.
It is hard to explain what I do to new friends. A lot of the time, I say I write a healthy living blog, and get a cocked head and a confused look as a response. If I could, I would include at least one quick and healthy meal into my posts every day. Unfortunately, things like entertainment, events, holidays, and even fashion recaps tend to take over.
Eating healthy is a choice. It is also takes a commitment to make it a lifestyle. We all have our moments of weakness and indulgences, and I will never deny you of that. Instead, I am here to show you that eating healthy does not have to be complicated. With the right outlook and products, it can also fit into your budget.
Today, I am sticking to my healthy living blog focus and am highlighting five super simple, quick, and budget friendly meals you could easily replicate to keep your every day healthy diet on track.
Just in time for lunch!
“Subway Inspired” Deli Chicken Wrap
I admit that I have a slight addiction to Subway sandwiches. Getting to go in and order a sandwich with the option to add endless veggies is so enticing to me!
It may sound weird to some, but there are times I literally add every veggie possible. That, my friends, is called “the works.”
I did not get to hit all of them at home, but nevertheless the wrap below is in fact inspired by my favorite healthy Subway lunch.
Instead of bread, I used a fresh tomato basil tortilla sent by a sweet Housewife Glamour reader from Tortillas Nuevo Leon. (Thanks Olga!)
To replace the dressing, I smeared a hearty helping of Sabra Spinach and Artichoke Hummus and filled the rest right on top.
While I usually use turkey, I mixed it up by using deli chicken as my meat. Putting a serving (or two) of that down first, I topped it off with romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, and black olives. If I had more vegetables around like onions, jalapenos, and green peppers, I would have added those as well.
Served alongside two cuties, this has been one of my latest repeated go-to lunches at home.
There is no denying that both Scott and I have a love for Mexican food. The only problem with that is it does not always love us (and our waistlines) back.
While recently perusing the freezer section of the grocery store, I was excited to find a new solution to our burrito cravings: Amy’s Natural and Organic Burritos!
One of my favorites is the Black Bean Vegetable burrito, with only 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber.
There are 45 grams of carbohydrates, but I have a feeling that number is inevitable with almost any type of burrito out there.
To make it feel a little more homemade, I like to add a little bit of salsa and shredded cheese to the top.
When it is almost ready, I sprinkle a little just long enough to melt everything together.
This one is definitely husband approved!
Fiber/Protein Cereal with Fresh Fruit
You might be thinking that cereal is an obvious choice here. I wanted to include it on the list of meal ideas to share a side that provides enough fiber and protein to last you until the next meal. A few favorite brands of mine are Fiber One, Cascadian Farms, and Kashi GO LEAN cereals.
I know some of you might be thinking… “Fiber cereal? You are officially eating the breakfast of my grandparents,” but let me assure you they are not all that bad. In fact, they are pretty darn tasty!
Moreover, one single serving of the Kashi GO LEAN Original cereal below supplies 40% of your daily fiber needs and 20% of your daily protein needs.
Top it off with slices of banana, and/or fresh berries and you have one well balanced breakfast to keep you full and power you through your day!
Healthy Turkey + Avocado Wrap
Wraps are so easy to make and load up with healthy ingredients, so I had to include another.
This time I used Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus to line my tomato basil tortilla (again, thanks to Tortillas Nuevo Leon!). I used a Cajun deli turkey as the meat and topped it with baby greens, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, avocado and ground pepper.
I love to mix up what kind of meat I buy at the deli counter at the grocery store. If you are ever bored with your sandwiches or wraps, try a new meat and/or cheese! A little variation goes a long way.
To complete the meal, I sided my plate with a serving of low-fat cottage cheese and a handful of fresh strawberries.
Fresh and delicious.
Black Bean Burger Salad
If you are a long time follower of the blog, you have seen me write about MorningStar Farm products. From their veggie burgers to meatless breakfast meat, I am completely obsessed!
At any given time, I would say I have at least five to eight boxes of different products in my freezer. Possibly ten.
When it is late and I am wanting to stay on track withe healthy eating, I will often make a salad with whatever vegetables are in the refrigerator and add a veggie burger or Chik Pattie for some protein.
This time, I chose my absolute favorite: the Spicy Black Bean Burger. I first lined my bowl with a mix of baby greens and romaine, then added sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and black olives.
Do you notice a repetition in my vegetables? That is the beauty of how much you can do with one trip to the produce section.
Occasionally, I will spice it up by adding canned corn, peas, chick peas, and even black beans to my salads. This time, I chose to keep it simple and finished it off with a drizzle of oil and vinegar for dressing.
And there you have it! Five quick and healthy meals you can turn to in five minutes or less. Instead of driving thru for lunch, I challenge you to use this list as inspiration to think ahead and purchase healthier alternatives on your next trip to the grocery store. Any one of you can do it! 🙂
Question of the Day
• What are some of your quick and healthy go-to meals?