Looking for a healthy, delicious meal in 30 minutes or less? Life is hectic and it is often easier to grab a frozen dinner or takeout instead of cooking a meal from scratch. There is a healthy alternative. Prepare your food the old fashioned way—at home in your own kitchen. Incorporate some of these less than 30 minute meals into your weekly routine!
Strawberry Yogurt Parfait
Ready In: 5-10 minutes
Yogurt contains probiotics, a good bacteria that can help with digestion. It also contains calcium which strengthens bones. There are so many different variations of the yogurt parfait—just be sure to keep it healthy with Greek yogurt, fruit, healthy grains or nuts.
Ready in: 5-10 minutes
Oatmeal is great for the heart and is known to lower cholesterol and boost your immune system. Prepared in the microwave or stove top, you can top oatmeal with fresh fruit and a little agave syrup for something sweet.
Avocado and Chicken Wrap
Ready in: 25 minutes
Grill some chicken the day of or the night before to save you even more time. Chicken is full of protein and avocados contain tons of vitamins and minerals and have even been proven to help reduce cancer. Use whole-grain tortillas or whole-grain bread to make it into a sandwich instead. Add some hummus for the spread and shredded carrots and cabbage to give it that crunch.
Ready in: 20-30 minutes
Quinoa is high in protein, easy to prepare and also is gluten-free. Bake sweet potatoes the night before to add to this delicious salad, or you can cook them in the microwave the day of. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, D and also contain iron. Add some spinach or kale, dried cranberries, red onion and feta cheese. Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and iron, supports your cardiovascular system and filled with powerful antioxidants.
Vegetable Stir Fry
Ready in: 15 minutes
Sautee some red, green and yellow bell peppers along with zucchini, tomatoes, red onion and portabella mushrooms. Add some tofu or a lean meat to give this dish a boost of protein and iron. Brown rice or quinoa could also be a tasty addition.
Black Beans and Rice
Ready in: 30 minutes
Black beans are an excellent source of protein and will boost your energy levels since they are full of fiber and healthy carbs. Brown rice will help to give you all of the essential amino acids that your body needs. You can add any other vegetables and spice it up with some jalapeño pepper, Siracha or red pepper flakes to taste delicious and help speed up your metabolism.
You really can have it all using these fast, delicious and healthy meals that come together in 30 minutes or less!
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