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Published on June 28, 2018

20 Healthy Eating Recipes Even the Pickiest People Will Love

20 Healthy Eating Recipes Even the Pickiest People Will Love

Every Friday night before I go to bed, my husband and I discuss the dreaded question about what to meal prep for the upcoming week.

As someone who eats more protein and vegetables than the average woman, I decide my protein options first, then pick out my vegetables and starch.

Often in the interest of time, I will make the same recipes twice in a month for the week because I already have the ingredients from the first time I made it.

The recipes in this article are staples in my household because they taste delicious, are easy to scale to make larger portions, refrigerate well so they taste great as leftovers, and most importantly they are healthy.

I do apologize that these are not vegetarian friendly and are geared towards someone who is looking to incorporate more healthy high protein options into their life. Hope these healthy eating recipes jazz up your household menu!

Poultry Recipes

1. Chicken Piccata

    Often times the leanness of chicken breast makes it difficult to swallow because it’s so dry that I like to add a sauce of some sort to make it more palatable. Piccata sauce is an absolute favorite and requires only 4 ingredients to make the sauce. Enjoy this simple, easy, and delicious recipe!

    ~ Check out the recipe here!

    2. Chicken Teriyaki

      This is a local favorite of mine growing up in Hawaii where Asian influences are everywhere. You can use either chicken thighs or chicken breast for this one and if you don’t have a grill a hot, nonstick pan can be substituted. Great recipe to pair with some Jasmine rice for a scrumptious lunch!

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      3. Turkey, Spinach, and Cheese Meatballs

        Classic dinner recipe that everyone will love and you can easily scale up and freeze for future meals. The recipe does call for ground turkey and Italian sausage but when I’m lazy I just use ground turkey. The addition of mozzarella cheese keeps the meatball moist so you don’t have to worry about drying it out and it’s a great meatball to just eat by itself without marinara.

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        4. Pounded Lemongrass Chicken

          This recipe reminds me of my vacation in Chiang Mai. The lime juice, lemongrass and fish sauce will make you house smell just like the street food in Thailand.

          It’s a simple marinade that you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge when you’re ready to cook. If you’re using chicken breast make sure to use the meat pounder to help tenderize the meat and help marinate infuse its flavor more easily. A recipe staple in my household!

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          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          5. Parmesan Crusted Chicken

            Who doesn’t love a delicious parmesan chicken? This recipe teaches you how to make it right without a lot of added oils and with ingredients you have right in your kitchen. I like to eat this with a good Pesto sauce to kick it up a notch. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            Beef Recipes

            6. Skirt Steak

              Being on a high protein diet can get expensive so I try to buy what’s on sale at my local grocery store and plan my weekly meals around it. A few weeks ago, skirt steak was on sale at Whole Foods and I found this awesome, simple, delicious recipe for marinating skirt steak.

              Skirt steak is definitely a tougher cut of beef can but the secret is to cut the skirt steak against the grain when you eat it. After I found this recipe, I’ve been loving skirt steak!

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              7. Low Carb Shepard’s Pie

                If you’re time starved in the kitchen, skip this recipe because it takes more prep work. But if you want a delicious, hot meal at the end of a long work day, this recipe is worth making ahead of time and cooking when you’re ready to eat.

                It’s healthy, satisfying and wholesome. Perfect meal on a Friday night with your favorite episode of Netflix.

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                8. Italian Meatloaf

                  Nothing like a hearty marinara with a slice of meatloaf to start out the day and this is one of the best recipes out there! I would advise that you pull out the ground beef at least an hour before you make this recipe because your hands will freeze from mixing ground beef with the rest of the ingredients.

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  9. One Pot Basil Bison Chili

                    When you cook as much as I do in the kitchen, it’s all about time management and planning ahead. One less pot or pan to wash makes it that much easier to clean up. If I can make a meal using one pot, this recipe is it!

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                    You simply cannot go wrong with good ole fashion chili. This recipe calls for bison which is leaner and lower in calories than beef. Bison is raised in a safer manner and have less of an environmental impact.

                    In addition, you can guarantee that your bison is free from antibiotics and hormones because it is illegal to administer it on them.

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Bison Burgers with Cabernet Onions and Wisconsin Cheddar

                      Sometimes what I crave is a burger but I hesitate to eat burgers at restaurants because I know they are loaded with fat and grease so I prefer to make my own.

                      This recipe makes your burgers taste as good as if you got it at a high end restaurant but keeps ingredients list simple. The Wisconsin cheddar and Dijion mustard makes this burger recipe stand out.

                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      Fish and Seafood Recipes

                      11. Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard and Pecan Panko Crust

                        I’m honestly not a fan of salmon and would prefer to get my omega-3s through a can of sardines. But once I found this salmon recipe, salmon disappears in my household. This recipe is a salmon game changer and I will only eat salmon when I make it this way.

                        The prep is simple and cleanup is easy making this my #1 go-to fish recipe. Go ahead and try it maybe it’ll be your #1 go-to as well.

                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                        12. Southwestern Smoked White Fish

                          If you’re not a fan of the fatty fish, then try this recipe! You can use your favorite white fish. I prefer cod or rockfish but halibut works just as well.

                          Requiring just 5 seasonings, this is another healthy delicious recipe that requires one pan and easy cleanup.

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Hi Protein Hearty Tuna Salad

                            When I was working with my coach, I needed to eat 175 grams of protein daily. I was very meticulous about planning to get the most protein out of my food choices.

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                            Yellow fin tuna was one of the high protein foods I incorporated into my diet. I found this recipe helps to add a little variety than just mixing it with mayo though I intentionally omitted the celery because I just don’t like it.

                            The rest of the ingredients like cranberries help to keep tuna an interesting snack in my repertoire.

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Nobu’s Miso-Marinated Black Cod Recipe

                              This is one of my childhood favorites that my grandma used to make. The cod comes out so buttery that it will melt in your mouth when you eat it.

                              It is a simple four ingredient recipe that requires marinating the fish overnight and baking it in the oven. Another one pan recipe with easy clean up!

                              ~ Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Honey Garlic Shrimp

                                I’m normally not a big fan of shrimp but this recipe kicks butt! To make it a little bit spicier, I will add additional garlic and a hint of chili pepper flakes.

                                You can either marinate the shrimp with the shell on or off. I usually always peel it off beforehand so I won’t have to worry about it when I eat it.

                                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                Vegetables

                                16. Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

                                  Remember those overcooked broccoli you got at school lunches? Well this recipe is 100 times better! For the most part, I will steam a big bag of broccoli and salt it for flavor if I’m in rush. But if I’m tired of steamed broccoli, this is my go to recipe.

                                  The extra touch of lemon juice, parmesan and chopped garlic brings out an amazing flavor in this vegetable!

                                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Eggplant Side Dish

                                    I have always been a fan of Chinese eggplant dishes until I realized how much oil it took to cook eggplant until it was soft. Not anymore when I realized that the secret to soften eggplant is in steaming it beforehand!

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                                    Add some garlic, chili pepper flakes, soy sauce and fish sauce; you will have a fragrant delicious Asian style eggplant. This is not to miss if you love eggplant but don’t want the fat!

                                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                    18. Beet Carpaccio with Goat Cheese and Mint Vinaigrette

                                      I got to admit that when I first bought a beet at a farmer’s market, I had no idea what to do with it and figured that I’d roast it. Many years later, I realized how delicious beets are when you steam them instead.

                                      Though this recipe calls for baked beets, you can just as easily steam them for 30 minutes for a tenderer, smoother texture.

                                      If you love beets like I do, this recipe will make you feel like you’re eating a slice of heaven.

                                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                      19. Sauteed Kale

                                        My favorite green leafy vegetable is kale. Although the most common ones you see in your grocery stores are the common curly versions, my favorite is the Red Russian kale. It cooks faster and when you use this recipe and combine it with beet greens, this dish tops my list as my favorite vegetable dish.

                                        I always add lots of extra garlic because I love it but this recipe helps to cut back on the cooking time that kale takes because of its leafy texture.

                                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                        20. Piquant Bell Peppers

                                          Nothing is more colorful than a dish of sautéed peppers! One thing I found that really helped with the long cooking time peppers usually take is that the addition of sugar helps get it wilt faster on the stove.

                                          If you love the sweetness of peppers, then you will love this recipe for a fast, easy side dish of vegetables.

                                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                          Hopefully your tastebuds will enjoy these recipes as much as I do!

                                          Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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                                          Published on November 14, 2018

                                          Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                          Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                          With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                          For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                          In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                          Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                          Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                          It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                          For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                          Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                          Symptoms of Fatigue

                                          Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                          • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                          • mental blocks
                                          • lack of motivation
                                          • headache
                                          • dizziness
                                          • muscle weakness
                                          • slowed reflexes and responses
                                          • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                          • moodiness, such as irritability
                                          • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                          • reduced immune system function
                                          • blurry vision
                                          • short-term memory problems
                                          • poor concentration
                                          • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                          Causes of Fatigue

                                          The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                          • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                          • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                          • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                          • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                          Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                          Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                          If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                          Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                          Anemia

                                          Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                          Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                          There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                          Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                          Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                          This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                          Diabetes

                                          Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                          Sleep Apnea

                                          Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                          Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                          Thyroid disease

                                          An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                          Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                          • Lack of sleep
                                          • Too much sleep 
                                          • Alcohol and drugs 
                                          • Sleep disturbances 
                                          • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                          • Poor diet 

                                          Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                          • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                          • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                          • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                          • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                          Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                          Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                          • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                          • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                          • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                          How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                          Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                          1. Tell The Truth

                                          Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                          To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                          Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                          The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                          One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                          • How you feel
                                          • What time of day it is
                                          • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                          • How your mind and body reacts

                                          This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                          2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                          When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                          If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                          When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                          Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                          3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                          If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                          Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                          If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                          Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                          Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                          4. Express More Gratitude

                                          Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                          It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                          Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                          5. Focus On Yourself

                                          Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                          There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                          But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                          We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                          6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                          Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                          Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                          The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                          Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                          7. Take a Power Nap

                                          When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                          Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                          This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                          8. Take More Exercise

                                          The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                          Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                          The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                          You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                          9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                          To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                          Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                          My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                          10. Improve Your Diet

                                          Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                          Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                          On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                          To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                          Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                          Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                          11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                          Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                          When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                          Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                          My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                          12. Get Hydrated

                                          Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                          Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                          If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                          The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                          If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                          Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                          Reference

                                          [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                          [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                          [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                          [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                          [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                          [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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