Last updated: January 15th, 2017 Believe it or not, you can make healthy food that tastes great in just a matter of minutes. Here are 10 healthy food ideas that can help you lose weight, get in great shape, and make you feel amazing…
Healthy Food Idea #10. Special tuna salad
Time to Make: 2 minutes and 30 seconds
Health Factor: Super healthy (provides you with omega-3s and sprouted grains)
This special tuna salad isn’t like a traditional leafy greens salad. My recipe is more filling, and much tastier than any ordinary salad. Especially if you’re in the mood for seafood…
To make this special tuna salad, you’ll need a can of wild caught, BPA-free tuna.
Wild Planet Tuna is the best brand of canned tuna that you can probably find.
Simply toss your tuna into a bowl, add a teaspoon of real mayonnaise, a tablespoon of sweet pickle relish, and mix with a spoon. You’re now ready to toast a single piece of sprouted grain or rye bread. Once toasted, you can simply tear off bits of your bread to scoop directly into your bowl of tuna (and then into your watering mouth).
Don’t be afraid to add a dash of sriracha to your tuna salad if you’re feeling a little adventurous.
Healthy Food Idea #9. Healthy homemade guacamole
Time to Make: 4 minutes and 30 seconds
Health Factor: Super healthy (loaded with vitamin E and healthy unsaturated fats)
This dish is normally served as an appetizer. But, it can double as a “light lunch” if you add a bit of grilled chicken on the side.
All that you’ll need to make this quick and healthy bowl of guacamole is two medium-sized avocados, some freshly chopped tomato, a lime wedge, and a dash of sea salt or garlic salt.
Some people also enjoy adding chopped onion to their guacamole as well, which I have to highly recommend for the added benefit of biotin (excellent for your hair) and polyphenols (antioxidants) plus various other nutrients.
Healthy Food Idea #8. Almond butter banana smoothie (with chocolate whey protein)
Time to Make: 3 minutes and 30 seconds
Health Factor: Fairly healthy (high in protein and healthy fats, but contains natural sugars)
While using peanut butter for this recipe can turn it into a really tasty treat, almond better is generally considered to be one of the healthiest nut butters that you can keep ready-to-eat in your pantry. Oh, and if possible, you should go with a no-sugar-added almond butter. Trust me on this one (you’ll achieve the best health benefits this way).
Almond butter is low in carbs, but high in protein and healthy fats – which is crucial for staying energized for your on-the-go lifestyle. To make this smoothie in only minutes, just add a couple of heaping tablespoons of creamy almond butter into your blender. Then, you can toss in a glassful of ice, one chopped banana, and a cup of almond milk as well.
Feel free to add in a single scoop of high-quality chocolate whey protein if you want to have the added feeling of “fullness” for your day. Blend for 45 seconds, pour your cold beverage into a tall glass, and enjoy this heavenly treat (it literally tastes like heaven, especially with the scoop of chocolate whey protein added in).
Healthy Food Idea #7. Lean chicken nachos
Time to Make: 3 minutes
Health Factor: Moderately healthy (high in protein, but also high in carbohydrates due to chips)
You can use organic blue corn tortilla chips, baked sweet potato chips, or any other similar type of chips for the foundation of this fast meal. Just top your chips with a generous handful of grilled rotisserie chicken. Then, hand-grate your favorite cheese and sprinkle on top, and toss into the microwave for 40 seconds or so – until all of the cheese has melted.
Using an organic source of tortilla chips will ensure that you’re eating high-quality food while still getting that tasty “nacho fix” that we all crave from time to time.
You can even top your nachos off with some chili powder and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice if you’d like.
Make sure to add a side of salsa or sliced avocado for additional flavor.
Healthy Food Idea #6. Quick and healthy Mexican eggs
Time to Make: 4 Minutes
Health Factor: Powerfully healthy (contains protein, turmeric and various vitamins from salsa)
While still considered to be a breakfast food by many, the truth is that eggs can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Start by pouring one tablespoon of organic extra virgin olive oil or pure butter into a pan, and bring to medium heat on your stove top. After 45 seconds, you can crack open three organic pastured eggs into your pan, and cook to your liking.
I know this topic is a hot debate. But, I truly think that most people like their eggs to be a little bit runny (yum)…
Once cooked to your liking, make sure to season your eggs with turmeric, saffron, black pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes. Add a side of salsa to complete this Mexican-themed dish.
Healthy Food Idea #5. Organic instant oats and blueberries with cinnamon
Time to Make: 3 minutes
Health Factor: Very healthy (Loaded with protein, antioxidants and enzymes from raw honey)
In case you haven’t noticed the trend, breakfast foods are now being eaten at any time of the day. Breakfast foods are quick, nutritious and tasty – so don’t be afraid to sneak some organic instant oats and blueberries with cinnamon into your afternoon lunch break (it’s a killer pick-me-up).
Organic quick oats can usually be made by mixing the oats with boiling water for just a minute or so. You can normally cook organic instant oats using a microwave as well, so this recipe is almost too easy to make.
Just add blueberries and a dash of raw honey to turn this filling snack into a fast and hearty meal. Don’t forget to sprinkle cinnamon on top. You should also feel free to also add a dash of cardamom to help with digestion, depression and detoxification (while also providing you with numerous other health benefits).
Healthy Food Idea #4. Extra chicken Caesar salad
Time to Make: 4 minutes
Health Factor: Pretty healthy (a large portion of chicken gives you lots of filling protein, while romaine lettuce assists your digestive system and improves your skin)
Everyone loves a great chicken Caesar salad. But no one likes feeling hungry again after just a few hours.
So, this is why I recommend that you try my “extra chicken Caesar salad” recipe to indulge in a tasty and healthy meal…and feel full for hours.
Start by rinsing your romaine lettuce very well, and then put your lettuce leaves into a large bowl. Add two handfuls of grilled rotisserie chicken, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, sliced tomato, some croutons and black olives. Toss with organic Caesar dressing, then season with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Easy enough, right?
This salad looks like it should cost $14 at a restaurant. But, you can make one that tastes just as great (or even better) at home for just a few bucks.
Healthy Food Idea #3. Sardines tossed in marinara (with a side of delicious coconut oil)
Time to Make: 1 Minute
Health Factor: Extremely healthy (Sardines are a powerhouse food while coconut oil is a powerful natural oil)
I know exactly what you’re thinking. “Sardines are gross,” most people would say.
But, when tossed in marinara sauce or fresh lemon juice…sardines taste absolutely delicious. And, they’re also insanely good for you.
To make this simple, extremely nutritious and filling lunch, you’ll first need wild-caught, BPA-free sardines. You might also want to remove the sardines’ bones if you prefer, even though they’re easily edible and a great source of calcium.
If your sardines are of the regular variety (canned in olive oil or water) then you’ll need to quickly hand-toss your sardines in a good marinara sauce, and they’ll be ready to go.
Oh, and there’s one last thing that I have to tell you…
You need to add a side of coconut oil to this food concept for an easy and tasty health kick. Organic unrefined coconut oil contains MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which provides quick energy for your brain, and also helps you burn fat throughout the day. This makes coconut oil a natural superfood and weight loss booster. Taking just one tablespoon of coconut oil will pair perfectly well with your nutrient-dense sardines to make for a powerful meal.
Healthy Food Idea #2. Wild caught garlic butter shrimp
Time to Make: 5 minutes
Health Factor: Fairly healthy (it can be challenging to find clean wild caught shrimp, but if you can successfully source it, it’s an extremely rewarding meal)
This easy meal seems like something you could order from a four-star restaurant. But in all honesty, this is one of the fastest meals that you can make, as long as the frozen, wild-caught shrimp that you purchase says “Cooked” and “Peeled” on the packaging (otherwise it will take a bit longer to cook if your shrimp are raw with the tails and veins still intact).
First, put two tablespoons of Kerrygold butter in a pan, and bring to medium heat on your stove top. Let your butter warm up for a moment – because you’re going to be multitasking here. Start to wash your shrimp in a strainer at the kitchen sink for a few minutes, as this will also help you defrost your shrimp while you clean them at the same time.
Going back to your stove top – this is when you can add fresh chopped garlic to your buttery blend, and then pour your shrimp directly into your heated pan (after you’ve dried them off, of course).
Season with fresh cayenne pepper and sea salt to enjoy an astonishingly tasty meal in only minutes.
Healthy Food Idea #1. 2-minute quesadillas
Time to Make: 2 minutes
Health Factor: Decently healthy (high in protein, yet also high in carbs)
If you have grilled rotisserie chicken or canned organic chicken on-hand, this is a tasty and easy recipe that’s also one of the quickest meals you’ll ever make…
Just lay two small sprouted whole grain tortillas on a plate, and place a handful of chicken in the middle of each tortilla. Sprinkle with bits of shredded cheese, and then microwave for approximately 45 seconds or so, until all of the cheese has melted.
You can then add spinach and a dash of your favorite salsa to this dish for some extra flavor. Freshly sliced jalapeno or Serrano peppers are optional, but highly-recommended for you adventure-seekers out there.
Healthy Food Ideas Conclusion
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list of 10 simple and healthy food ideas that you can put together in just under five minutes.
Cooking isn’t always this easy.
But thankfully, there are some super-healthy dishes that can be made in just under five minutes, while also helping you lose weight, and stay in tip-top shape.