Decided to start this positive thread. The biggest misconception about healthy food is that it tastes bad. This is not true at all. While a plate of fruit is no stuffed crust pizza, fruit is delicious.
A healthy dish I had once was served at a breakfast place and I loved it. It was a fruit platter with scrambled eggs and cottage cheese with a bagel. The bagel was too much, but mixing the fruit with the cheese was delicious and got me eating fruit with cheese instead of crackers with cheese. Plus the eggs were fluffy not greasy.
You cut the tops off of bell peppers, or you cut the bell peppers in half, and you fill them with a mixture of rice, beans, onion, and tomatoes. And the most important part to really make it taste good: spices and cheese! You can really get a lot of nutrients out of two stuffed pepper halves. :D
I am curious tbch of what peoples' ideas of health are because there are many schools of thought and I wanna know what's prevailing here.
For me, it's making sure you start your day out with a lot of protein to carry you through the rest of the day and then beyond that it's about moderation. I'm a big fan of the whole "30 in 30" (30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up) so I make recipes that do in fact have 30 grams (or the neighborhood thereof).
- 1/4 cup of hemp seeds, ~10g protein (~$1/serving)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds, ~4g protein but mostly in there for the healthy fat content (~$0.25/serving)
- 1/2 cup of quaker oats, ~5g protein (~$0.08/serving)
- 1 cup of soy milk (shut up) or whole milk, either case gets you ~8g protein (~$0.50/serving)
- An optional handful of almonds (in the spring) or pistachios (in the fall) for a few more grams of protein (~$0.20/serving)
Instructions: Throw that shit together in a container and let it sit in your fridge to shovel into your mouth in the morning. Dump in fruits and/or nuts and sweeteners to give your poor monotonous existence a sense of variety like throwing in berries and all that.
A.) A teaspoon of instant coffee in there with banana and cocoa powder and/or peanut butter
B.) Some kinda seasonal fruit/nut combo:
Year-round: oranges, bananas
Early spring: Guavas
Spring + summer: Blackberries, blueberries, cherries, rhubarb
Summer: Boysenberries, mulberries, pluots, tayberries
Early summer: Apricots
Summer + fall: figs, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries
Fall: Apples, asian pears, dates, jujubes, pears, persimmons, pomegranates
Fall, winter: kiwi
Winter, spring: Cherimoyas, grapefruit, kumquats, mandarins, pomelos
Winter: Citron, feijoas
Boojie Payday Breakfast Toast
Salmon and capers and goat cheese o mai
Budget: $6.34/serving | Turkey bacon or deli turkey is a cheaper alternative that also is lean and protein-rich and goes with the flavors.
- A fried egg, 6g protein (Eggs are like 20-25c each)
- A piece of dat toast, 2+g protein (there's enriched breads that offer more than others etc., ~20c/serving)
- 2 oz of smoked salmon, 13g protein (and I do mean 2 ounces, because THAT SHIT COSTS $10 FOR 4 OUNCES HERE HOLY FUCK: $4.99/svg, jesus)
- 2 tbsp goat cheese (1/4 of the leetle goat cheese log), ~6g protein ($0.75/svg)
- 1 tsp capers (like $0.20/serving)
- Some Chopped up onion (negligible cost if you cook with onions anyway)
Recommended pairings for if money isn't a problem for you: tomatoes and/or cucumbers.
Need/want something 100% dairy free? You could stay boojie and use avocado (it won't provide the protein, but it'll provide the fattiness that will make this shit taste amazing)
Budget: $0.85/serving base, so you can keep this affordable AF
- 1/4 cup of boiled, shredded chicken: ~11g (~$0.25/serving)
- 3 eggs: 18g (~$0.60/serving)
Supplement with what's cheap for you! Gaarlic, tomatoes, onions, spinach, and/or mushrooms (or some combo thereof) go particularly well here.