Too often times, diets fail because they turn eating into a chore. What many people do not realize is that eating healthy does not need to sacrifice taste. This article is designed to provide you some ways to incorporate nutritious foods into your lifestyle that you can look forward to eating.
Listed below are 2 different high-protein, nutrient-dense recipes that will make you love eating healthy!
Recipe #1 - Whey Protein Chia Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need
- 12 ounces of coconut water
- 1 scoop of plain whey protein isolate
- ⅔ Tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of ice
- 2 Tbsp of peanut butter
- ½ Tbsp flax seed
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- Add the 12 ounces of coconut water and the ⅔ Tbsp of chia seeds to the blender. Let these two ingredients sit for 10 minutes while the chia seeds absorb the coconut water. After the 10 minutes are up, the seeds should look expanded.
- Add the other ingredients (the banana, one scoop of whey protein isolate, the ½ cup of ice, the 2 Tbsp of peanut butter, the ½ Tbsp of flax seed, and the 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder) and blend.
- Pour the shake and enjoy!
What Nutrients Are In This Shake?
What makes this shake as great as it is, is that it is packed with a lot of nutrients. It has healthy omega 3 fatty acids (the “good” fat), antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, electrolyte-dense coconut water, lots of fiber, protein, and potassium.
Recipe #2 - Whey Protein Chia Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need
- 1 cup of milk (can be regular milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc.)
- 3 Tbsp of chia seeds
- ¼ avocado
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- A little bit of sea salt
- ¼ Tbsp of honey
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
- 1 cup of frozen berries
- 1 serving of Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
Simply add all the ingredients into your blender until everything is sufficiently blended and the desired consistency is attained. Pour and enjoy!
What Else Is In There?
This shake is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your brain, heart health, and lubrication of your joints. It is also high in antioxidants and high-quality protein. It contains large amounts of calcium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
In addition, it also very filling due to its high fiber content, which is great for weight loss and feeling full. Due to the chia seeds being a complex carbohydrate, this shake is in helpful in the stabilization of blood sugar levels.
Learning To Eat Healthy
One of the most important things you can do when you have a health goal in mind is to create a plan for yourself to follow. Losing weight and eating high-quality foods is not about willpower. It is about planning in advance what your week’s meals will look like so that you are not starving by the time 4 O’clock comes around and your friends decide to taunt you with a dozen chocolate donuts!
When it comes to eating well, it is important to make choices that are both healthy and good-tasting. A diet will not last if it feels like a chore. If you are eating foods that taste like cardboard, you will drive yourself crazy and end up succumbing to the temptation of eating high-calorie junk food like cake.
Eating healthy can be fun and allow you to be creative. As you strive to reach your weight loss goals, make sure to incorporate healthy recipes, like the ones listed above, to ensure that you stay on track and enjoy your food!