If you’re cooking your own meals, eating healthy takes a little extra thought. However, a little preparation goes a long way. Here are some staples to keep on hand to make a healthy dinner after a long day:
1. Fish or Meat
Fish has a number of nutritional benefits, including that it’s a great source of healthy fat and lean protein. Nutritionist Angela Shurina explained that she loves to eat fish for dinner and will have around a pound of fish as her meal. Her favorites include salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout, sea bass, sturgeon, chum salmon, and white salmon.
If you aren’t a fish-lover, there are plenty of healthy meat options for your evening dose of protein. Certified nutrition and wellness specialist Jamie Logie typically includes an entire diced chicken breast with herbs in his dinners. To spice it up, he adds some balsamic vinegar and mixes with chopped green onion and cilantro. He sometimes swaps the chicken for grass-fed beef that he gets from a local farm and loves to add in a major dose of hot sauce.
Veggies are extra popular when it comes to health expert recommendations. Whether as an add-on to a meal or a full dinner, vegetables are an especially nutritious end to the day. Behavioral Registered Dietitian Maya Nahra loves brussels sprouts and bacon with balsamic reduction recipe for her evening meal. Similarly, Shurina is also a big veggie-advocate. She loves broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, and asparagus. To make things more exciting while still keeping it simple, she often steams or cooks her veggies in water with coconut oil. Shurina also cooks with Italian or Indian herb mixes, a bit of lemon juice, and sometimes even coconut milk.
Certified nutrition and wellness specialist, Jamie Logie prefers sautéing sweet potato with olive oil and garlic as another healthy and flavorful dinner recipe. While some people avoid vegetables because they find them boring or too plain, these tips are great suggestions for putting a creative twist on an extra healthy meal.
3. Grains and Rice
Grains and rice offer good carbohydrates and many are high in fiber. Similar to veggies, it is easy to spice things up a bit with grains or rice by choosing simple and creative recipes that add a lot of flavor. Behavioral Registered Dietician Maya Nahra enjoys sunflower seed risotto with sautéed veggies for a tasty nutrient-rich dinner. Similarly, nutrition and wellness specialist James Logie will change up his veggie and sweet potato meal by substituting wild rice or quinoa to have alongside his sautéed vegetables and animal protein.
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