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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!

7 Best Natural Appetite Suppressants

While appetite suppressant pills are a great solution for those who’ve chosen to get serious about committing to a healthy lifestyle, they’re only intended to help you stick to your weight loss goals for a few months. After the first pounds have been shed and you no longer need the pills, your diet should be supplying all of satiety for you, naturally. We recommend incorporating these seven super foods into your daily eats if you want to feel full, satisfied, and energetic, and continue your commitment to losing the weight for good.

1. Almonds

Just a handful of almonds have been shown to increase feelings of fullness in people and help with weight management. NPR says “the protein, the unsaturated fat composition, [and] the fiber” all very likely play a role. Also, almonds are low in carbs, which are notorious for appetite stimulation. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating almonds in between meals was more suffecient when attempting to subdue cravings, compared with when people ate them as part of a bigger meal.

2. Avocados

According to Healwithfood.org, the oleic acid found in avocados can help naturally curb appetite. In the body, it is converted into OEA, a lipid hormone, which activates an area in the brain that increases the feeling of satiety and fullness. And they provide healthy monounsaturated fats!

3. Apples

An apple a day keeps the cravings away! For quite a few reasons. First, apples are chock full of fiber and pectin, both of which help you to feel full. Also, apples help to regulate your glucose and boost your energy level. Finally, apples require a lot of time to chew them, which actually helps you to slow down and give your body the time it needs to realize it’s no longer hungry.

4. Flaxseeds

A 2012 study at Harvard University showed that participants who ate flaxseed lost 37 percent more weight than participants who did not. Why? Most likely due to it’s high fiber and healthy fat content. Flaxseed also contains a mucilaginous fiber that slows your digestive process and promotes nutrient absorption. And they make a perfect, crunchy addition to yogurt, smoothies, and salads.

5. Tofu

Tofu isn’t just for vegetarians! The rich, plant-based protein source also contains an isoflavone called genistein, which has been shown to suppress appetite and lower food intake. If you’re unsure of how to incorporate tofu into your diet, try adding it in to your next healthy stir-fry.

6. Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice offers a lot more to your diet than just a way to sneak in a serving of veggies. If you drink it before a meal, it’s likely you’ll end up eating 135 fewer calories! But make sure to look for the low sodium versions to avoid bloating.

7. Salmon

This one may come as a surprise, but when you eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna and herring, your body increases production of leptin, a hormone known for suppressing hunger in your body! Here are some other facts about how omega-3s can help your health.

What foods help you feel full and fueled? Share with us in a comment!

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!

Want more recipes from The Almond Eater? Check our her savory & sweet meals and snacks

Top 10 Foods for Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, so we’re focusing on foods that support a healthy blood pressure, good cholesterol, and low blood sugar levels. We rounded up all of the benefits that weight loss can have on your heart, but specific foods can also help to keep your body’s strongest muscle circulating optimally.

As you make daily food choices, base your eating pattern on these recommendations from the American Heart Association:

  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
  • Select fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. Aim to eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Learn more about limiting sodium.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
  • Follow the American Heart Association recommendations when you eat out, and keep an eye on your portion sizes.

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Snack On Track

Snack On Track: 30 Healthy Snacks Under 200 Calories

Tired of eating the same old thing day after day? We’ve got you covered with 30 snacks that, with correct portion sizes, are a must-have for any health-conscious eater. Protein bars are easy, smart snacks, but sometimes you want to spice it up. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet, savory, or a bit of both, we’ve got 30 quick snacks for you to try. And they’re all under 200 calories, so you can easily fit them into your meal plan.

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