One of the first things that I hear people complain about when starting a diet is giving up great tasting food. Chicken breasts and broccoli. Lettuce salads. No more flavor… for the rest of my life. I’ll never have anything good to eat again. There was a flurry of Tweets today that baffled me on this.
I’m not sure why this myth is still out there because I’m here to tell you that it really is a myth. You can absolutely eat healthy and not eat chicken and broccoli for 6 meals a day. Eating is an enjoyable event that you can sustain for a lifetime. All you need is a little bit of creativity and a lot of spices.
Let’s take a look at some options – protein, veggie, starch and fruit. Yawn, here we go. I can see you rolling your eyes and nodding off already.
- Take a packet of tuna, slice up a red bell pepper, chop an apple and mix it together. Add a splash of lime or orange juice and stuff a whole grain pita with it. The sweetness of the crunchy apple with the tang of lime is delish even without mayo!
- Take a raw chicken breast and make a slit lengthwise to create a pocket in it. Slide in tomato slices, garlic, and fresh basil leaves, and sprinkle on sundried tomato flavor Mrs. Dash. Grill the chicken under the broiler or on a grill and use it to top whole wheat pasta. Go wild and also add a little parmesan if you dare.
- Slice flank steak and toss in a few shakes of soy sauce and sriracha. Stir fry it with mixed veggies like baby carrots, broccoli florets, and peppers and onions. Top on brown rice for a great meal.
- Marinate lean pork chops with lime juice, cracked pepper, and apple cider vinegar. Grill with zucchini, eggplant and yellow squash skewers and a side of couscous made with half water and half orange juice. This is also really good with grilled peaches topped with cinnamon on the side.
Four flavor filled meals right off the top of my head that take very little time to prepare. You aren’t stuck with a boring meal of a divided plate of food. Mix your food together for some delicious meal combinations that will make you look forward to eating them. When in doubt, pile on the pico di gallo.