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3 Healthy Recipes That Take Only 5 Minutes

You don’t have to spend hours preparing food to make healthy recipes. To prove it, we’ve made this list of five-minute healthy and easy recipes to help you fit nutrition-packed meals into your busy schedule.

5-Minute Breakfast Smoothies

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

The key to how to lose weight fast is finding a balance between protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Finding that balance won’t be a problem with these smoothie recipes. With a Coffee Banana Smoothie, you’ll get your morning coffee fix while powering up with protein-packed Greek yogurt and a banana as a carbohydrate. Or try this Skinny Green Monster Smoothie packed with vitamin-dense spinach and protein-filled peanut butter.

5-Minute Healthy Italian Dressing

Healthy Dressing Recipe

Healthy Dressing Recipe

Reading labels is an important part of eating healthy, but salad dressing labels can be confusing. One dressing will be loaded with fat but low in sugar, while another will be low in sugar but high in sodium. The best way to avoid accidently sidelining your diet by choosing an unhealthy dressing, is to make your own.

Ingredients

  • ½ Tbsp. olive or avocado oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt

Prep

The best part of this dressing is that you don’t even have to mix it in a separate bowl. Just top your salad with all the dressing ingredients and mix.

5-Minute Dessert

Healthy dessert recipe

Healthy dessert recipe

Satisfying your sweet tooth doesn’t have to mean getting off track your healthy diet. With this Five Minute Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, or any of these 14 Guilt Free Mug Cakes, your cravings will be satisfied without the extra side of guilt. You can also try these vegan, gluten free Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies. Although they only require five minutes of prep time, they do need 25 minutes to bake. But if you can spare the time, they are healthy and well worth the wait!

Acorn Squash Recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

By Vanessa Matthews, Guest Blogger

Nothing makes me feel warm and cozy like a good, home-cooked meal. And when I think winter, I think winter squash.  Acorn squash is one of my favorites, because of its sweet, smooth flavor and the versatility of flavors you can pair with it.

It also happens to be one of the most nutrient dense squash varieties, with a wide range of vitamins and minerals. It contains high levels of vitamins C, A, and B6.  In the mineral department, it packs in potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorous, and calcium.

As a health & wellness advocate, I say if you are going to eat a high-carb meal, make it count. Why waste carbs on empty calories from bread and pasta? The nutrients in acorn squash have the ability to improve vision, boost immune system, reduce blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, strengthen bones, and prevent cancer.

I also have a sweet tooth, so the combination of sweet cinnamon, apples, and cranberries, with turkey and spinach make this recipe like a cross between thanksgiving and grandma’s apple pie. The best part is it’s much lower in calories and empty carbohydrates than both.

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large acorn squash
  • 1 crisp apple, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 8 oz ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spices
  • Poultry seasoning and salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp stevia
  • 1 tbsp baking Splenda

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut the squash in half, and scoop out the seeds. Cut a piece off of the ends of each half so it can sit upright like a bowl.
  3. Place the squash on a baking pan with the center face down, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until squash is tender.
  4. Mix the cinnamon spices, Splenda and stevia in a bowl. Toss apples in half the mixture.
  5. Heat up a skillet and spray with Pam. Cook apples for about 5 minutes until tender.
  6. Brown turkey in a pan and add your chopped spinach, then cover with a lid.
  7. Once spinach is wilted, add your poultry seasoning, a dash of salt, and any other seasoning you wish. I used a blend called Sunny Paris that includes shallots, chives, green peppercorn, basil and tarragon.
  8. Mix the apples, almonds, and cranberries into the pan.
  9. Place the squash right side up and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon mixture into the open face of the bowl.
  10. Scoop the mixture into each half of the acorn squash, and bake an additional 15-20 minutes. To keep in moisture, fill the bottom of the baking dish with some water and cover with foil.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutritional information (per serving):
Calories: 320
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 40g
Protein: 30g

The Almond Eater’s Chicken Salad Sandwich

One of our past featured bloggers, Erin of The Almond Eater, shared an awesome chicken salad recipe that’s great for a light and cool summer lunch—the perfect remedy if you might have overdone it just a bit on Memorial Day. (Side note: we’ve posted a cardio challenge for the same reason.) But without further ado, here’s her recipe!

Cottage Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
2 cups grapes, sliced in half
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup Craisins
2 cups cottage cheese
2 tbsp mayonnaise
Pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Cook chicken as you normally would. I baked mine in the oven and then placed them in a frying pan with a dash of olive oil.
2. After the chicken is cooked, shred/cut into smaller pieces and place in a medium-large bowl.
3. Add grapes, almonds and Craisins to the bowl.
4. Add mayo, cottage cheese and pepper; stir until everything is mixed together.
5. Store in the refrigerator and serve on whole grain bread.

Enjoy!

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