There are endless reasons why I frequently choose oatmeal to start my day. Oats are a good source of protein, calcium and iron, and when topped with a selection of superfoods, it’s the perfect jump-start.
The 14-day Healthy You Challenge often features oatmeal for breakfast. When developing The Healthy You Diet, I selected each meal very carefully. Oatmeal is a healthy option that leaves you full and satisfied, even when trying to lose weight.
People often say, “I don’t like oatmeal. It’s too bland.” With the right preparation, however, oatmeal can be full of flavor when you top it with a perfect combination of ingredients. This Power Oatmeal is a great example. Not only is it nutrient-dense, it has great texture and is absolutely delicious. It’s sure to get you on the oatmeal bandwagon!
Personalize your morning oatmeal by adding your favorite fruits, nuts, and natural sweeteners. I hope this version will give you some good inspiration.
I’m always looking for ways to get my husband and two young kids to eat more vegetables. Using different cooking techniques like roasting, sautéing and baking is one way to get some variety, but incorporating vegetables into foods you wouldn’t expect can really increase your vegetable consumption. Try these 10 simple tips to get more vegetables into your everyday meals:
1. Use pureed sweet potato or butternut squash in your homemade pizza sauce.
2. Add shredded zucchini to your favorite healthy pancake recipe.
3. Utilize kale or spinach in your favorite soup recipe.
4. Add pureed carrots to your pasta sauce.
5. Incorporate pureed zucchini, mushrooms or eggplant to turkey or veggie meatballs.
6. Add avocado to your morning smoothie—the kids will never know and the smoothie will be as rich and creamy as a milk shake.
7. Add spinach or kale to any dark berry smoothie like blackberry or blueberry.
8. Use pureed pumpkin or shredded zucchini in your muffin or bread recipes.
9. Add chopped bell peppers, onions, spinach and/or arugula to your scrambled eggs or omelet.
10. Make baked sweet potato fries.
Fishing, reading about fishing, and cast-netting are among my 5-year-old’s favorite things to do. Neither my husband nor I have any interest in fishing so we are both amazed by his passion.
One of the great things that comes from this passion is that he loves to try all kinds of fish recipes. Last week he begged me to make salmon, and although my 7-year-old daughter wouldn’t even give it a try, my son absolutely loved it. His exact comment, “Mom I love this! Can we try tilapia next?”
I grew up eating chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and still love them to this day. They are nutrient dense, full of protein, fiber, and iron.
Because of their delightful taste and nutritional benefits, I am always looking for new ways to use them when cooking and often add them to salads or main course dishes. This Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Mint recipe is a perfect combination of fresh ingredients and is super simple to make. On it’s own or as a side, this recipe will fill you up and leave you smiling. For some added protein, simply add shrimp, chicken, or salmon.
Recipe by Dawna Stone originally published on MindBodyGreen.com.