Simple Swaps For a FULL Day of Healthy Meals
Eating a full day of healthy meals does not mean giving up your favorite foods.
I talk about that more in my blog post about plant points!
By simply adding in more plants, you fuel your body with the nutrients it needs while still getting to enjoy everything else!
I typically just take a meal I'm making or in the mood for and find a way to sneak in a serving (or two) of veggies. There's so many ways to add plants into your meals but here are a few of my favorites:
I love breakfast. I find it to be a great way to start my day on a positive note. A really easy way to start your day strong with lots of plants is a smoothie. If you've been a skeptic of adding spinach to your smoothie, I do encourage you to try it because you really CANNOT
If you want to take baby steps and not change the color of your smoothie here's a secret to pack in a serving of veggies into your smoothie: add 1/2 of a banana + 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower OR 1/2 cup cut-up and frozen zucchini! Cauliflower and zucchini don't have much of a taste. They also help thicken the smoothie for more of a milkshake-like consistency!
I don't ever really MAKE lunch. It's typically just my leftover dinner turned into lunch.
However, if you are more of a sandwich for lunch kind of person, here's an easy hack to amp up your plants: spread red pepper hummus instead of mayo onto your sandwich. With a simple spread of this hummus you've easily added at least 2 plant points into your day. Plus, red pepper hummus has WAY more flavor than mayo does!
My go-to plant-powered dinner is pasta. Pasta is a great place to pile on the plants!
I love to sauté some garlic, onions and spinach or add in any other veggies I have made (mushrooms, peppers, kale, etc.)
The sauce for your pasta is easily customizable: tomato sauce, pesto, or a cashew cream-based sauce are my top picks.
I love to use lentil pasta or chickpea pasta because it has way more protein than regular pasta (2g protein in regular pasta, 12g protein in lentil pasta) which fills me up faster and for longer.
Pasta can easily be topped with fresh herbs, basil and parsley are my favorites - and add another plant point or two!
I have a sweet tooth, and think there's nothing better than having something sweet to cap off my day.
My healthy tip for sweets (and food in general I guess) is to make them yourself so you know all of the ingredients and amount of sugar you're eating.
You might have heard about nature's best kept secret, frozen bananas. Simply blending bananas up with a little bit of liquid (almond milk, oat milk, water) creates a creamy soft-serve textured treat! I add in peanut butter and cocoa powder for a PB cup flavor, or mint extract and mini chocolate chips for a mint chocolate chip version.
I also love to make my Chocolate Avocado 'Ice Cream' which has a similar, smooth soft serve feel.
These recipes are such an easy way to add plants into your after dinner treats!
That's a whole day of secretly healthy meals! I'd love to know what your favorites are. Share below or tag me in your photos @bewellwithmarissa on Instagram!