Okay, so you’re not a veggie omelet person. Not everyone is. Which is why we’d like to point out an important fact: sweet healthy breakfast options do exist.
In other words, just because you’re eating well doesn’t mean you’re suddenly restricted to eggs-every-which-way and Greek yogurt.
Sweet morning treats come in many forms; they’re not all Cinnamon Toast Crunch and chocolate croissants.
That’s good news for you and maybe even better news for your kids, who likely would trade that savory avocado toast you lovingly made them for a Pop-Tart any day.
Here, we share seven healthy recipes for breakfast dishes that taste like desserts.
7 Easy Egg Recipes for Delicious, Protein-Rich Meals
Eggs really are all they’re cracked up to be (cholesterol and all)—and these easy egg recipes are all you need to reap their benefits.
First, they’re an excellent source of protein for both meat eaters and vegetarians. (Don’t worry vegans: See here, instead.) Eggs also contain important nutrients that can be difficult to include in your diet.
Choline, for example, is a cousin to the B vitamins and is needed to make a neurotransmitter that’s key to learning and memory. Studies also show it can help protect against cognitive decline and dementia and that people who eat more have lower anxiety levels. The bad news: the vast majority of Americans don’t get enough in their diet. The eggcellent news: Egg yolks are the most concentrated source you can find.
Eggs are also rich in B12, a nutrient that is important for immunity and energy. A deficiency can lead to feeling tired and weak 24-7 (and you definitely don’t have time for that).
Ready to scramble, poach, and hard boil your way to better health? Start by incorporating these seven easy egg recipes into your routine for any meal throughout the day.
Simple, Fresh Spring Vegetable Recipes You’ll Love
Sure, squash is delish. But after a long, cold winter, you start to crave the bright, fresh flavors of spring. Enter these spring vegetable recipes, which will make enjoying those flavors easy.
Think crunchy asparagus with grains, salads filled with artichokes, radishes, and peas, and creative ways to use that first crop of leafy greens.
These dishes of course taste the best if you eat them while soaking up a little sunshine…or breathing in the scent of blooming tulips.
If you’re looking for a dish that really celebrates spring’s veggie bounty, this is it. Peas, radishes, and artichokes all pop up fresh at the start of the season and are filled with vitamins and minerals. Greek yogurt and hemp seeds add protein and a whole lot of other goodness.
Fresh spring carrots, green onions, and snow peas are paired with nutrient-powerhouse Napa cabbage: The cousin to kale delivers antioxidants like vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin K. Serve the crunchy, zesty slaw alongside burgers, fish, or almost any other protein.
Farro is an ancient grain that’s an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals and is also higher in fiber than brown rice or quinoa. Its dense, chewy texture pairs perfectly with crunchy, fresh asparagus.
Leeks deliver a mild onion flavor and strong health benefits. They contain carotenoids, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and K. Paired with nutrient-dense spinach and goat cheese for protein, this dish is creamy, delicious goodness.7 Healthy Chicken Dinners That Actually Aren’t Boring
Chicken is a popular American choice for lean protein, since it’s affordable, easy to cook, and has a neutral flavor. That doesn’t mean, however, that healthy chicken dinners have to be bland and boring.
Those boneless, skinless breasts are actually a great canvas for creation, and depending on what you cook them with, they can be sweet, savory, spicy, or tangy.
Step out of your comfort zone (or coop?) and try these recipes, next.
Buh bye, breadcrumbs. Who needs ’em when you can get the same crispy texture from super healthy sesame and sunflower seeds? Serve them with kale chips, and it’s a full, nutrient-packed meal. (FYI: This one is definitely kid-approved.)
Bok choy is an under-the-radar Asian green that’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K, and here it’s combined with chicken and a ton of other nutrient-dense veggies—like peppers, scallions, spinach, and garlic. Not to mention how the sweetness of peanut butter complements salty tamari.
The standard grilled chicken breast gets a simple, fast upgrade thanks to a tasty, tangy marinade that also provides antioxidants.
This one is simple and classic, meaning it will appeal to nearly everyone. It includes heart-healthy olive oil and the single most antioxidant-rich spice, oregano, and you can throw the finished product in all kinds of meals—over greens for a salad, for example, or on top of whole wheat pasta for dinner.
The tangy lemon flavor pairs well with vibrant tarragon and crunchy walnuts. In addition to chicken’s lean protein, the nuts add healthy fats.
The fresh and colorful option: Bring a little island flavor into your kitchen (or, better yet, to your warm-weather barbecue) by adding nutrient-packed ingredients like mango, ginger, and cilantro to your chicken.
Easy, Delicious Recipes for Gluten-Free Baking
Whether you’ve got Celiac disease or are just trying to eat less wheat, mastering gluten-free baking is one of the trickiest steps to going gluten-free. (Okay, parting with pasta is pretty painful, too!)
First of all, you don’t want to end up with dry, dense muffins or cookies that are as chewy as a stick of gum. And you definitely don’t want to spend hours blending dozens of flours together.
RELATED: The 6 Best Gluten-Free Flours
These recipes take care of both dilemmas. They result in tasty baked goods everyone will love and are as easy as pie to make. (Actually, scratch that. Have you ever made pie crust? These are much easier.)
Sweet Potato Pie Cookies
These are gluten-free, but also totally grain-free and refined sugar-free. What do they have? Healthy fat from coconut oil, antioxidants from cinnamon, and protein from hemp seeds.
The Healthiest Zucchini Bread
Now this is what you call wonder bread. You’ll be stirring in almond, coconut, and cassava flours, which are way more nutritious than white flour, and other nutrient-dense ingredients like sweet potatoes.
Protein-Packed Corn Muffins
Planning a southern BBQ feast? Serve these corn muffins made with garbanzo flour alongside that organic pulled pork.
Entertaining Eats: 7 Delicious, Healthy Party Foods
It’s time to stop trying to make “pigs in a gluten-free blanket” work. The real key to healthy party foods is to start with simple, good-for-you ingredients.
Whether you’re having people over for a birthday, baby shower, or the big game, these recipes for flavorful finger foods are all just as nutritious as they are easy to make.
From lettuce cups to prosciutto-wrapped peppers, many of them are so creative and pretty, they’ll impress your friends (and make for a great Insta shot), too.
Bookmark these healthy party foods for your next get-together, now.
Broccoli Rabe Quesadilla
Who doesn’t love a cheesy quesadilla? This one layers nutrient-dense broccoli rabe (fiber! vitamins!) into the protein-packed cheese and black beans—and holds it all together with a tortilla made with whole grains instead of white flour.
Easy snacking is easy to make happen with this quick way to punch up almonds, cashews, or peanuts, all of which deliver protein and healthy fats.
What’s a party without fries? Instead of white potatoes, kohlrabi is a root vegetable that’s fiber-rich and filled with potassium. Just toss the slivers in heart-healthy olive oil, add nutritious spices, and bake.
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Jalapeños
Meat lovers won’t even notice there are nutritious veggies wrapped in these cheesy, spicy, bite-sized morsels.
Baba Ghanoush Hummus
Give your go-to hummus recipe an upgrade by adding eggplant (more veggies = always a good idea). Serve it with raw veggies, healthy crackers, or…
Baked Zucchini Chips
Leave the Lay’s on the shelf. Instead, put out bowls of these healthy zucchini chips for guests to grab a crispy, salty bite or to use for dipping.
Easy Lettuce Cups
These cute cups are filled with lean protein and fiber to keep guests from overeating from the party spread. Tabouleh contains antioxidant-rich veggies and herbs like onions, tomatoes, and parsley, and oh-so-amazing avocados for healthy fats.
5 Easy, Hearty Winter Squash Recipes You Haven’t Tried
Ready? We’re about to squash your old notions of comfort food. (Yes, we went there.) These winter squash recipes all result in delicious, hearty meals that are great for vegetarians (only one includes meat) but can also satisfy meat-eaters.
They’re also crazy nutritious, since winter squash in its many varieties—butternut, spaghetti, or acorn—is filled with important vitamins like A, C, and K, fiber, and antioxidants like carotenoids (hence its orange hue).
Did we mention each recipe is fast and easy? Get cooking, now.
Skip the fettuccine and eat this stringy squash with healthy spices like rosemary and thyme, tomatoes, and spinach.
Throw frozen butternut squash (which you can buy packaged or freeze yourself after cooking) in the blender with cinnamon and protein powder for an energy-boosting breakfast.
Acorn squash may not be as popular as butternut, but in addition to its healthy attributes, it can double as dishware. Make this bowl and then fill it with a quinoa salad, three-bean chili, or hey, how about that Ginger Carrot Squash Soup?
Chicken sausage adds a spicy kick, the beans will help fill you up for hours, and It’s chock full of veggies like kale and butternut squash, plus garlic, onions, and cloves for an antioxidant kick.
Opening Photo: Flickr/USDAgov5 Must-Have Healthy Fall Recipes
Fall recipes seem to conjure up visions of comfort food, often laden with butter, sugar, and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon. And a dash of nutmeg. And accompanied by a mug of hot deliciousness. And served in a pumpkin.
Even though we all crave comfort food as the air gets crisper, there are many ways to enjoy the fall harvest without having to hibernate in cozy sweats all winter long.
True comfort foods make you feel good, not stuffed and “yuck”, and so it’s time to rethink your definition of delicious fall recipes.
Here are 5 healthy, simple, go-to fall recipes to get you in the mood for the season and leave you feeling amazing!
If you made homemade salad dressing, would you add titanium dioxide or monosodium glutamate (MSG) to it?
But guess what? There’s a good chance you’re drizzling these two ingredients (plus many more) on your fresh spinach and sliced tomato salad without realizing it!
Many seemingly benign bottled dressings include a laundry list of yuck ingredients including added sugar, unhealthy fats and gross preservatives, quickly turning your greens from a yay to a nay.
The good news? It’s not hard to do good by your go-to salad. Homemade salad dressing can be not only simple, fast and easy to make but it can also add awesome nutritional value without sacrificing taste.
Healthy fats help you absorb the fat soluble vitamins found in your salad and antioxidants from herbs and spices add anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits to your fork. All my homemade salad dressings include both.
Skip the fuss of finding the perfect store bought dressing and make your own. These are my top 3 homemade dressings and they’re surprisingly easy to make!
About 6 servings
Kefir Avocado Dressing:
About 5 servings
Pomegranate Mint Dressing:
About 6 servings