Monday Motivation – 5 Healthy Recipes

Hello everyone!

On this lovely (actually quite groggy and rainy) Monday, I decided I would share some of my favorite healthy recipes with you.  I by no means am the healthiest person in the world, but I do try to eat pretty healthy.  In addition, I know during summer it is really hard to eat healthy, so I wanted to give you all a little motivation!

These are my go-to recipes. You would never know that you are eating such a healthy meal by the way they taste!

1. Banana Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • Handful of Frozen (or Fresh) Raspberries
  • 4 Ice Cubes
  • 1/2 cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt

To Make:

  • Slice entire banana into thing slices and add to the blender.
  • Add your handful of raspberries (or any berry you like best)
  • Add the ice cubes.
  • Finish off with the greek yogurt.
  • Put the cap on the blender, and use the “Mix” button until everything is blended.
  • Switch to the “Stir” button to make sure all the chunks are out.
  • Pour, and enjoy!

Smoothies are a great meal for summer: quick and cool, and even better yummy! I originally was a strawberry and banana smoothie girl, but one day, on a day without strawberries, I substituted raspberries, and haven’t gone back since.  I think it’s a really sweet combination, great for a cool lunch on a hot day.  Many times, I like to pair this smoothie with a small granola bar or Kellogg’s Pastry Crisps.  The smoothie is only 200 calories – yes, you heard me!  Low-cal, with fruit and yogurt to fill you up.  Perfect meal!

2. Chicken Apple Fuji Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 cups of Spinach
  • 1/3 cup dried apple chips
  • Small handful of feta cheese
  • Small handful of craisins
  • Balsamic vinagrette
  • 1/2 Grilled Chicken Breast

To Make:

  • Add the spinach to your bowl of choice
  • Slice the chicken into strips or pieces, depending on your preference
  • Add the apple chips, feta cheese, and craisins
  • Add your preferred amount of balsamic and mix
  • Enjoy!

This is my favorite meal to have after my summer job.  There is a lot of different elements to the salad, but all of them are good for you, and combine together to make a tangy and yummy salad.  Better yet, the whole salad is about 240 calories! Crazy, right? I think during the school year I will throw everything in a mason jar and take it to school.

3. Chicken Avocado Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 5 Strips of Grilled Chicken
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/3 Cup Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • FlatOut! Multigrain with Flax Wraps

To Make:

  • Place one FlatOut! Wrap on a plate, and sprinkle cheese on the center of the wrap.
  • Add the five strips of chicken on top of the cheese.  Add more cheese on the chicken if desired.
  • Microwave for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread avocado on top of the chicken and cheese.
  • Wrap up and enjoy!

This wrap is a great quick lunch for when you are running out the door and need to make something quick.  They are great hot, but you can always make it and then bring it to lunch or work.  One wrap is 134 calories, so you could even make two!  I like to have mine with some baby carrots – get your veggies in!  It’s really great way to get some protein, grains, fruits, and veggies all in one meal.

4. Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Four large, frozen bananas

To Make:

  • Slice up all bananas, and freeze for about two hours.
  • Once the two hours is up, put the bananas in a strong blender or food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • If you want it like soft serve, eat right away.  If you would like it a little harder, let freeze for a few more hours.  Enjoy!

This is a great summertime dessert.  I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream? And one-ingredient ice cream? Even better! 4 bananas totals in at about 440 calories, so if you divide it into about 4 servings, you can have a bowl of ice cream for 110 calories! And, this recipe has a lot of room for add ins, like chocolate chips, Oreos, peanut butter, whatever you can think of! Such a great way too cool off in a healthy way during the summer!

5. 45 Calorie Mini Muffins

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

I love these little muffins! I have made them before as a gift and may have eaten a few of them before handing them off…oops!  At 45 calories, two or three make a great morning snack between meals.  They are super easy to throw in your lunch box for school or work.  They are like a dessert, but are extremely low in calories! It’s awesome to fulfill your chocolate craving too 😉

I hope you enjoyed these 5 healthy recipes! They are all super delicious, and will fill you up without the calories adding up.  Please let me know if you try any of these recipes and how they turn out!

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