The last 5 months I have been living a healthy lifestyle by eating mostly unprocessed foods and exercising regularly. My body totally agrees with me on this new lifestyle. I used to eat a lot of junk food and cheap processed meals I can easily find in the frozen section since it was quick and easy, and I did not have to spend so much time preparing my meals.
Although I do not have any weight issues, I wanted to tone up so eating healthy has given my body more energy to exercise and as a result I have lost almost 10 pounds without really trying. I wanted to share some delicious healthy meals I have made over the last couple of months. Remember, you have to nourish your body the right way by moving away from processed foods to unprocessed foods because a healthy diet is vital, and of course exercise! Mainly it is all about portions and control to keep the weight off for good, but DO NOT starve yourself because the results would only be temporary in that case.
I also want to mention that I looove cooking and trying new recipes! If I had more time to cook I would cook all day everyday, but since I work I prep my meals on my days off.
Here are some delicious recipes I found on Pinterest that inspired me, of course I substituted some ingredients and made my meals the way I preferred so I did not follow the recipes step by step, but these are the basic recipes if you like what you see. :)
Shrimp, chicken, and avocado salad. So filling and packed with protein. Recipe found here.
Chopped Thai chicken salad. Crunchy, fresh and delicious! Takes on a whole new meaning of the word 'salad.'
Hot naked spaghetti. I added my own homemade tomato sauce on top with a bit of Parmesan cheese.
Orange chicken and veggies with a side of white rice. You can opt for a healthier choice which is brown rice, but I like my white rice.
Beef teriyaki with a side of steamed broccoli and white rice.
Chicken teriyaki with a side of steamed broccoli and quinoa. First time trying quinoa and I loved it!
Sushiiiiiii! I was craving sushi so bad one day and luckily I found an amazing recipe and made some California rolls with eel sauce, which the sauce is not healthy but it's an exception. I am addicted to sushi to say the least. ;)
Lemon, garlic, cilantro honey salmon with baked red potatoes and steamed broccoli and green beans. The other dish was with zucchini.
Mango salsa tilapia with a side of zucchini fries. The recipe says to grill, but I baked the tilapia instead.
Of course you have to have your sweet treats from time to time. Fruit salads are the way to go, oh and chocolate. You cannot forget chocolate. Remember, portions is key!
Strawberries, bananas and pineapple fruit salad.
Chocolate covered strawberries! Yummmmm!
Eating healthy is a lifestyle change and once you have done it for awhile you do not find yourself craving bad foods as often, well at least in my experience. I am not in any way a health expert, I only do research online and this has been my personal experience that has worked for me. It is okay to treat yourself from time to time because your body deserves it. Since I cut out a lot of unprocessed foods (not all) I am more aware of what I am putting into my body which gives me a huge sense of control and accomplishment. All and all, it can be expensive, but I would rather spend more of my money on healthy foods than to spend it on future doctor visits because of health issues. If you take care of your body, your body will love you back.
Until next time, lovelies! :)