Meal planning and prepping are great ways to help stick to healthy eating habits. Today I share nutritious meal and snack ideas you can make ahead of time on ABC Tampa.
Baked oatmeal is packed with filling fiber and nutritious carbohydrates so it’s a great way to start the day off with steady energy
This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal gets all it’s sweetness from fruit and can be made in one pan. Start by mashing 2 ripe bananas in a baking dish. Stir in 1 ½ cup rolled oats, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter, 1 ½ cup milk. Top with 2 chopped Envy Apples and peanuts and bake for 35 minutes at 350 F. Envy delivers the ultimate apple experience with balanced sweetness and satisfying crunch.Envy Apple slices naturally remain fresh and white longer, so besides adding to recipes, they are great for salads, charcuterie boards, and on-the-go snacking. You can find Envy apples in the produce aisle at Whole Foods, Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Publix.
For an easy grab and go snack, prep 2-ingredient peanut energy bites
Peanuts are a convenient, versatile and low-cost superfood that pack a powerful punch of nutrients in just one handful that studies suggest may help reduce the risk of chronic disease including Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Add 1 cup of peanuts to a food processor with 1 cup of pitted medjool dates and blend until a batter forms. Divide the batter, roll it up and store in an airtight container in the fridge for easy snacking. Peanuts add more plant-based protein per serving than any other nut which helps you stay feeling fuller longer. Peanut and peanut butter are easy to incorporate daily and fit into most dietary plans.
For lunch, prep salads in a jar
By following a simple layering formula with dressing at the bottom and delicate ingredients at the top, you can help keep your salad fresh and crisp all week long. Just pour it out onto a plate when you are ready to enjoy. This Mediterranean salad Jar is made with Fresh Cravings hummus as the dressing which is made with a short list of high-quality whole food ingredients including Chilean extra Virgin olive oil, chickpeas and savory tahini. It is available at Walmart in a range of craveable flavors including Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, Honey Jalapeño and Everything Bagel. This taco salad jar uses Fresh Cravings salsa as the dressing which you can find chilled in the produce section of Walmart in a range of flavor varieties and heat levels.
6 ingredient stuffed bell peppers make for an easy weeknight dinner
Start by cooking 1 lb of ground turkey in a skillet with grass-fed butter, 1 cube of Dorot Gardens garlic and 1 cube of the Dorot Gardens basil. The ultimate Kitchen Hack, Dorot Gardens fresh garlic and herbs makes flash frozen garlic, ginger, onion, basil as well as turmeric, onion, and herb cubes that are perfectly portioned and so convenient to add to all your favorite recipes. Dorot Gardens is picked fresh, flash-frozen on sight to lock in freshness, and shipped directly to your freezer. With a two-year shelf life, you can have fresh Garlic, Onions and Herbs year-round with the simple “Pop” of the tray. Dorot Gardens is natural, raw, kosher, vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free and contains no preservatives or artificial?flavors. For more recipe ideas you can visit dorotgardens.com. Divide the filling among bell peppers and top with Truly Grass-Fed aged and sharp cheddar cheese before baking for 20 minutes at 350 F. Truly Grass Fed who also makes grass-fed butter available in foil packs and spreadable tubs — all minimally processed and sustainably produced available at Publix. Grass fed cheese and butter is typically higher in omega 3 fats important for brain and heart health and vitamin A, important for immunity and eye health.