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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!

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                                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                          15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and black tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here:

                                          11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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