In my last blog post I discussed my Top 5 Non-Negotiable Health/Wellness Tips & today I am going to be walking you through how to build a healthy, balanced meal. The internet is filled with healthy tips, tricks, guidelines & rules in regards to healthy eating, no wonder so many people are confused as to what is considered healthy, and what isn’t. These guidelines refer to the 3 main meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner, I can go into snacks another time if any of you wish!
First, let’s begin with my one and only “rule” in regards to my diet: only WHOLE FOODS. This means nothing that is prepackaged or processed. I don’t abide by any diet, I am not vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto or any of the other countless diets out there. I only eat what makes me feel good: a balanced, no restrictions diet works perfectly!
The general formula that I use with any of my meals is simple:
Protein + Carbohydrate + Fat + Fruit/Vegetable = the perfect, balanced meal
With this combination of all of the macro nutrients you will feel full, satisfied and full of energy!
Here are a few of my favorite meal ideas:
Oatmeal ( carbohydrate ) + Soy Milk ( protein ) + Cashews ( fats ) + Berries ( fruit )
Eggs ( protein ), cooked in Olive Oil ( Fat ) + Kale ( vegetable ) + Whole Grain Toast ( carbohydrate )
Green Smoothie ( banana, mango, spinach & soy milk ) + Whole Grain Toast ( carbohydrate ) + Avocado ( fat )
Canned Tuna ( protein ) + 1/2 Avocado ( fat ) + Whole Grain Toast ( Carbohydrate ) + Vegetable Sticks ( Vegetables )
Garbanzo Beans ( protein ) + Brown Rice ( Carbohydrate ) + 1/2 Avocado ( Fat ) + Salad ( Vegetable )
Chicken Breast ( Protein ) + Olive Oil ( fat ) + Salad ( Vegetable ) + Garbanzo Beans ( carbohydrate )
Salmon ( protein ) + Brown Rice ( carbohydrate ) + Roasted Asparagus in Olive Oil ( fat & vegetable )
Ground Chicken ( protein ) + Brown Rice ( carbohydrate ) + Spaghetti Squash ( vegetable ) + Tomato Sauce in Olive Oil ( fat )
Chicken Breast ( protein ) + Baked Potato ( carbohydrate ) + Salad ( vegetable ) + Olive Oil Dressing ( fat )
I eat a very simple, wholesome & nutritious diet. To add flavor I love adding spices, herbs & lemon or lime juice to my meals. These are just a few ideas, but feel free to experiment! I love mixing up my meals and eating a variety or fruits, vegetables, etc!
Hope this has helped, let me know if you have any questions and please leave any suggestions for my next blog post!