When you’re in a rush, it can be tempting to choose the closest pre-made packaged food within an arm’s length. Our busy lives often cause us to place our health way down on our list of daily priorities. However, eating healthy can be easy….and quick. In my experience, it’s all about finding foods that I love to eat (such as specific fruits/veggies/grains, etc.) and searching for recipes or more often than not, just creating my own recipes with the foods I have at home. The following recipes I usually make for breakfast, but they are so versatile that they make a great snack or evening dessert.
Green Juice (aka anything you have at home juice)
- Handful of Kale/Spinach/Chard/other greens
- 2 apples
This is usually my base juice recipe. Then I like to add in ginger, celery, carrots, cucumber, lime or lemon, and other fruits or vegetables. Sometimes I don’t have a lot of ingredients for a juice, so I just use whatever I have at home and “experiment” with different veggie and fruit tastes.
Yogurt/Granola/ Fruit Parfait
Parfaits are pretty well-known today. However, the parfait you buy at a fast food restaurant or grocery store will most likely taste different then the parfait you make at home. Pre-made parfaits can be loaded with artificial sweeteners, syrups, or flavors…making them far from the healthy treat you think they are. Thankfully, making parfaits at home are so simple.
- Vanilla (or plain) Greek Yogurt
- Granola (I used Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Seed Cereal – one of the healthier brand choices – and extremely yummy)
- Fruit (kiwis, bananas, mangos, berries etc.) or Nuts (pistachios, walnuts, etc.)
Part smoothie, part “ice cream”. Completely delicious. This smoothie is thick and uses less water which in turn helps the fruit, nuts, or other toppings stay “afloat”.
- Frozen Fruit (I like to use 1-2 bananas or mangoes to serve as a “base”)
- 8 oz water, coconut water, or almond milk
- Fresh berries or veggies
- Various toppings
*This smoothie bowl was made with 1/2 avocado, 1 mango, 8oz water, juice of 1 lime