With each passing day, more and more people are making the decision to start living healthier. In fact, studies featured on Food Navigator reveal that consumers have a newfound appreciation for health and wellness and are taking active steps to improve their eating habits.
However, busy schedules and lack of cooking skills can easily discourage anyone from eating healthier. Well, we're here to tell you that it is indeed possible to have a better diet without cooking complicated meals that take long to make.
To help you get started, we've put together a list of three healthy meals you can put together in a few minutes.
Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich
While it may seem strange to find a peanut butter and banana sandwich on this list, this is nothing like your typical PB&J from childhood. The key difference here are the ingredients you'll be using. In place of store-bought peanut butter, you can make your own variation with any nut of your choice. All you'll need to do is put the nuts in a blender for a minute, pulsing semi-regularly. You may add a sweetener of your choice during this process. Repeat until you have your preferred consistency (smooth or chunky). You can then store the nut butter in an airtight container for future use. From here, you can proceed to spread the nut butter and banana onto bread and into a sandwich. For added nutrition, you can use wheat bread and even throw in some chia seeds. According to NBC's list of superfoods, chia seeds contain twice the protein of any other seed or grain.
We all love burritos but also understand that balance is key and this doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice its taste just to make a healthy variant of this popular meal. Instead of filling it with meat, you can pack it with steamed vegetables. Making use of veggies such as carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower can make a hearty and nutritious meal. Since most of the components of this dish will be store-bought, you'll only have to cook the veggies and the rice. If you'll be cooking rice with a rice cooker, you can prepare this dish faster by steaming the veggies with the same equipment used to cook the rice. We Know Rice's list of the best rice cookers explains that many modern rice cookers can double as steamers — all with the push of a button. What's great about this is that the rice will be infused with the essence of the vegetables, making it even more flavourful. Such cooking gear even comes with auto-cleaning features, making the process even faster.
As we've previously discussed in our article on 5 Foods to Boost Immune System, Vitamin C plays a huge part in boosting your immunity. Fruits are packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients, so it makes sense to find fruit salad on this list.
It's best to use fruits that are in season to get the best and freshest taste. While you can chop fruits together and eat them as is, you can make use of additional components to enhance the flavor of the fruit salad. Adding a splash of Lemon or Raspberry Quencher is one way to add citrus flavors to the salad. It also helps that the juice contains 30 milligrams of Vitamin C — a good boost to your immune system.
Prepared by: Jema Browen