Eating healthy does not come naturally to everyone. And that's because the act of healthy eating is a practice -- it's not just ingrained in us. It requires some thought, planning and preparation. In other words, if you really want to master the art of eating well, you should embrace the principles of meal planning.
We're not saying that you should plan every single piece of food you're going to consume, or even that everything you eat has to be considered "health food" -- there will always be a time and a place for a great piece of pizza. But if you put some thought into how you are going to fuel your body, it's much easier to do so with good-for-you foods. If this is new to you, we're here to help.
As part of our Eat Well, Feel Great Challenge, we have five recipes for you to prep on Sunday to help you make smarter food choices throughout the week -- or at least for part of the week. Each week we'll offer five new recipes and a grocery list to go with it. By the end of the month, we're confident you can incorporate this practice into your life all on your own.
Without further ado, here are five deliciously healthy recipes to start week one off right. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the grocery list.
12 ounces medjool dates
1 can pumpkin puree
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
4 cups vegetable broth
1 14-ounce can pinto beans
1 14-ounce can kidney beans
1 jar chunky salsa
Raw pumpkin seeds
Almond meal (or whole almonds to ground)
Flax seeds, hemp seeds or quinoa
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 medium-sized sweet onions
2 garlic cloves
Bunch of cilantro
Items you probably own, but might not:
Pumpkin pie spice
Maple syrup (can substitute with honey)
Coconut oil (can substitute with olive or vegetable oil)
Grapeseed oil (can substitute with olive or coconut oil)
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