After eating a hearty chicken and egg white breakfast bowl in the morning, you may not want to pack on a bunch more calories for lunch. This is why a lunch salad is a healthy, refreshing choice that is actually really easy to make or take to work. This recipe includes two different types of lettuce, chicken, berries, feta cheese and almonds.
BBQ Chicken, Rice and Beans Lettuce Bowls
Using the same lettuce as you used in your lunch (except not chopped up), you can make a killer dinner that explodes with flavor in the mouth. The diced mangos provide some nice texture while the BBQ chicken really brings home some cooking that you wouldn’t traditionally see with healthy recipes. Still, when selecting your BBQ sauce, try to find something that is free of high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient linked to unwanted weight gain.
Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
These energy bites will be your go-to recipe when you need a quick snack or even something tasty for breakfast. The good news is this recipe is no-bake, meaning you can get the ingredients together, mix them, and eat.
Low Carb California Scramble
When you want a breakfast that combines taste, nutrition and freshness, this option is hard to beat. The eggs provide much needed protein while the asparagus and tomatoes give this recipe some much-needed texture and tons of vitamins and nutrients.
Low Carb Chicken Burger
These are low carb because the recipe calls for Portobello mushroom caps as a substitute for the bread. This recipe will fill you up with fiber to keep your metabolism moving and the other vegetables provide you with awesome vitamins and minerals to make you look and feel great.
Heather’s Turkey Chili
Chili is a great option because it is super hearty, and lasts for a while if you make a decent serving size. Thus, you can actually use the food for leftovers for lunch or dinner the next couple of days. This recipe calls for lean ground turkey (rather than fatty beef) and takes less than an hour to prep.
Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
That’s right! Cookies in a healthy, weight loss meal plan, and chocolate chip nonetheless. But no, you can’t eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The secret to these cookies is vanilla protein, coconut flour (to keep the carbs down), and a sugar and butter substitute.
Paleo Veggie Frittata
The frittata is a good breakfast option because it can actually be stored for a later lunch or dinner option if you don’t eat it all. This option is full of veggies, making it a great source of vitamins and minerals as well as fibrous foods such as spinach and kale.
Grilled Vegetable Wrap
Keeping up with the vegetable theme for the beginning half of the day, the grilled veggie wrap is smeared with hummus and filed with hearty good-for-you vegetables eggplant and bell peppers. If you want some extra protein, sprinkle in some feta cheese and enjoy this new, simple to make lunch or dinner option a couple times a week.
Low Carb Mediterranean Chicken
Eating right doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on flavor or adding 20 hours of cooking into your week. That’s why this low carb Mediterranean chicken meal is a personal favorite. This recipe calls for high flavor chicken thighs which are ok after a breakfast and lunch of veggie options; but feel free to sub them out if you want a less fatty option.
These deviled eggs do take a bit of prep – like 15 minutes – but are well worth the wait. You’ll notice that the recipe subs out standard mayonnaise, a commonly unhealthy ingredient, with a more health-conscious option.
Berry Chia Overnight Oats
This overnight oats recipe is great because it can be used again and again, making breakfast easy for those of us on-the-go. Because it contains almonds, yogurt, blueberries, chia seeds, and of course, rolled oats, it is an excellent source of calcium, fiber, protein and potassium.
Chicken BLT Wrap
You might have some chicken left over from yesterday’s meal, making this an easy lunch option if you plan accordingly. You can’t go wrong with chicken and bacon, although the Ranch dressing the recipe calls for should be subbed out for something healthier, like this Greek yogurt-based recipe.
Hand Carved Turkey
Who doesn’t like turkey that only takes 15 minutes to prep? Plus, the turkey will yield all sorts of yummy leftovers (see tomorrow’s lunch) so the time it takes to get all the ingredients together is well worth it.
Homemade trail mix
Trail mix is an amazing snack because it provides healthy fats as well as protein, giving your body energy boosts throughout the day while also helping it to burn fat. Now, there are a lot of ways to make trail mix, some of them healthier than others. We like a nice mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruit (not the kind that is doused in sugar) as well as a crunchy (pretzels) or sweet (dark chocolate) contrasting flavor.
Egg & Avocado Breakfast Wrap
A protein-rich, low-carb option, this egg and avocado breakfast wrap is easy to make and helps jump start your metabolism for a fresh start. If you want even more protein or calories, you can add chicken (or some of that leftover turkey) to the wrap to spruce it up a notch. Combined with the avocado, this wrap is super-filling and will keep you feeling light all morning long.
Hand Carved Turkey Club
Ready to put that leftover turkey to use with some convenient lunch options? This recipe calls for another unhealthy mayo option so you’ll want to avoid that. It also calls for white bread which you know is full of simple carbs and would be better replaced with whole wheat. But hey, if you want a cheat day by all means indulge!
We found this great “skinny chicken parm” recipe that is only 225 calories per serving. Used with whole grain pasta, this can be a real winner at the family dinner. Pair with some broccoli and you are good to.
Bananas & Almond Butter
Snacking should be quick and easy and that is exactly what you’ll get with this recipe. You can always just stick to the two-ingredient bananas and almond butter (or peanut butter), but if you are really looking to spruce things up try following this recipe that includes cinnamon and pistachios.
Turkey Sausage & Egg White Breakfast Bowl
The egg whites in this recipe are optional, and if you have any turkey left over you can use that instead of the turkey sausage the recipe calls for. Mix your cheese options up a bit too if you want some different flavor or health options; we love feta cheese when melted.
Chicken Meatball Wrap
Chicken is great in this recipe because it is lean. When cooked correctly, if retains lots of moisture and is simply amazing. If you must, ground turkey is also a great option or you can add in a little pork but you know the lean meats are what is best if you’re looking to also get lean. The salad wrap keeps these low carb too, meaning this recipe is a 30-minute from prep to finish meal that you’ll want to make again and again.
Salmon is chalk-full of health benefits and provides tons of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (like fish oil), is an excellent source of protein, potassium, and includes antioxidant amino acid taurine. Plus, it is really easy to make and tastes amazing. This recipe calls for a bunch of seasoning for blackening but you can just buy a pre-made mix if you want to keep things simple. Then, all you really need is some olive oil, salt and lime juice for the homemade dressing.
Cucumber Salad & Edamame
We just love edamame because it is loaded with protein, fiber, carbs and tons of amino acids, making it one of the most comprehensive foods you can possibly eat. Paired with water-rich cucumber and a few other ingredients, this salad is a real crowd-pleaser but is also good when it’s just you and a cold bowl.
Fruit and Granola Bowl
This breakfast option calls for a couple of ingredients – cottage cheese, fruit, and granola – and can be made in a matter of minutes. It’s loaded with fiber and protein, making it a great morning pick-me-up that will provide quick and sustained energy throughout your day.
Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese is generally a comfort food that involves white bread, cheddar or American cheese, and lots of butter. In keeping with our weight loss meal plan, we’ll want to sub out these unhealthy options and go for some better ingredients that don’t sacrifice any flavor.
If you have a Dutch oven or slow cooker you’ll love this amazing recipe that really is “set-it-and-forget it.” Using your favorite source of protein – the author of this recipe opts for sirloin tip roast over pot roast – all you really need to do is prep some veggies and throw them in the pot. Using simple ingredients like carrots, fennel, potatoes and onion you can have a ton of food for the week and an amazing smelling home. Plus pot roast freezes really well so you can reheat when you’re craving it again.
Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies
With shredded coconut, applesauce, vanilla and cinnamon, it’s hard to believe that this recipe is healthy. But who said that cookies have to be put on the no fly zone anyway? With these oatmeal raisin cookies, not only will you have a healthy snack but you’ll also have energy-packed protein to keep you alert throughout your day.
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Pancakes on your list of diet food? That’s right! Sometimes it’s not the food, it’s the way you prep it that matters. With this recipe, you can actually enjoy this amazing breakfast option without worrying about carb overload and ruining all your hard work. It calls for uncooked rolled oats, egg whites, protein powder, Greek yogurt, or of course, disease fighting blueberries to make your morning amazing.
Grilled Shrimp Salad
A little more seafood on the docket never hurt anyone. This summer-friendly lunch or dinner option is completely out of this world tasty and really good for you too. Shrimp provides an excellent source of protein and the added ingredients in your salad – tomatoes, avocado, corn, black beans, and cheese – make this a real winner with less prep time than you think.
Asian food on the mind tonight? Well, get ready for a little chicken stir-fry on the menu and a simple recipe that calls for healthy ingredients and brown rice to provide a great mix of protein, carbs and healthy fats.
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Another amazing little paleo snack, these muffins provide you with some nice bite-sized treats that will help provide you a good source of fiber as well as protein and carbs to get you through that 2 o’clock lull. At a 10 minute prep time, you’ll make this great snack again and again.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes
Here’s another amazing protein pancake recipe you can use because we know one is not enough. Instead of fruit, this one calls for peanut butter, a well-known protein source that also tastes amazing. It also calls for a peanut butter cup but we won’t tell if you decide to eat two.
Grilled Portabella Panini
A great meat-free lunch option, this Portabella mushroom panini has meat-like characteristics without the meat. The prep time is rather long at over three hours, but that is because you’ll be marinating the mushrooms in vinegar and olive oil to really bring out the flavors. Throw in a nice side salad into the mix and you’ll have a healthy, happy meal that makes lunch fun.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Let’s keep with the meat-free trend for Day 10, without sacrificing calories or eating boring foods. This butternut squash summer time mac and cheese is amazingly creamy, and because you aren’t using meat protein, the cheese won’t smash your caloric intake. For butter, we like to opt for something like Earth Balance non-GMO, vegan butter, a gluten-free, lactose free option that doesn’t load you up on the fats of typical butter.
Paleo recipes are great because they are grain-free and dairy-free, making them easy-to-digest and great for those with food sensitivities. True, paleo recipes call for some creative ingredients like almond flour in lieu of traditional flour, coconut sugar instead of the normal stuff, and creativity if you’re trying to avoid eggs, but the result is a great snack that is actually pretty easy to make.
Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal
There’s nothing wrong with some tasty pumpkin oatmeal to get your day started off right. This recipe is perfect for those chilly fall mornings that call for something warm and sweet to begin your day. Because this recipe also calls for protein powder, it is full of carbs, fiber, and energy-packed goodness that makes energy lapses an afterthought.
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Tuna salad is a pretty easy lunchtime meal to make and this recipe makes it a really awesome choice, even while at work. It calls for a mashing of the avocado and Greek yogurt (instead of mayo) and can be used on whole wheat bread, a wrap, or crackers if you’re into that kind of thing. Plus, this is the type of recipe you can make ahead of time and store in some Tupperware in the refrigerator at home or at the office.
Where’s the beef? Right here! This pan roasted recipe uses a cast iron pan to cook the steak indoors, restaurant style, starting on the stove top and finishing in the oven. Just season with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and you’re done. Cook up some spinach or broccoli and perhaps a sweet potato to round out this meal.
If you love dips, this is a new and interesting take on an old favorite. The mix of feta and ricotta makes the dip super creamy while the added ingredients of olive oil, thyme, oregano, crushed red pepper and Kalamata olives bring this bad boy home. Grab some pita chips and enjoy!
Veggie & Egg White Breakfast Bowl
This recipe combines superfood quinoa and egg whites to make a breakfast bowl that works on those days you have a little extra time for breakfast. It also combines broccoli and mushrooms as well as cheese to provide a healthy, hearty breakfast option for those slow-moving Sunday mornings.
Turkey burgers are great because they are lean, retain moisture better than chicken, and taste amazing with the right seasoning. This hand-picked recipe calls for the addition of Granny Smith apples, romaine lettuce, and cranberry sauce for what will be one of the most flavorful burgers you’ll ever wrap your hands around.
Chicken Greek Salad
Greek salad is a personal favorite at Good EATS, and this recipe includes some chicken to satisfy any hunger. Greek salad includes just a few ingredients – romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini – plus the chicken, and you’re good to go!
Traditional Hummus w/ Whole Wheat Pita
Probably the simplest snack on this meal plan, hummus and pita can all be store-bought but you can, of course, make it at home. Homemade hummus gives you the added benefit of negating the preservatives typically found in pre-packaged dips. Either way, it’s a healthy, convenient option that provides you with healthy fats and is nice and filling.
Veggie & Egg White Breakfast Wrap
Loaded with tasty veggies like bell peppers and red onions, this is a crowd-pleaser that provides sustained energy throughout your morning. The recipe also calls for turkey bacon, but that is optional if you want to keep the meat out and cut down on your prep time. A nice whole wheat tortilla wrap rounds out this healthy breakfast that can be nicely complemented with some fresh orange juice.
When placed on a whole wheat tortilla, these vegetable quesadillas are surprisingly delicious. Combine onion, diced mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini and whatever else you’re craving and perhaps a healthy fat like avocado or hummus, and you’ll have a tasty lunch option that is low on calories and big on flavor. Include cheese for even more flavor but more calories.
Chicken Caesar Wrap
Chicken Caesar wraps are always a welcome option around the dinner table, especially when you use a juicy chicken breast or marinated chicken. This recipe in particular calls for an interesting take on the traditional chicken Caesar wrap, subbing out romaine lettuce for kale and including some other contrasting flavors like carrot and chickpeas. The author also opts for rotisserie chicken to make things simple, yet delicious.
Strawberry Energy Bites
These are truly one of the most awesome, healthy snacks you’ll ever have. They taste like strawberry shortcake but don’t require baking and don’t have any sugar. Whatttt?? Yup, the secret is in the nonfat Greek yogurt (seeing a trend here yet?), the macadamia butter, and stevia extract. Just mix the ingredients, refrigerate, and enjoy.
Strawberry Banana Protein Pancakes
On your last day of our clean eating meal plan, let’s put a little Jack Johnson in our day with banana pancakes. Well, these are actually strawberry and banana protein pancakes mixed with an egg substitute, and a few other choice ingredients. You can even do the prep work the night before so you can just enjoy the next morning.
Chicken Kale Caesar Salad
Last night’s dinner called for a tasty kale Caesar salad recipe and you can use it again for today’s lunch. Or, here is another more traditional Caesar salad recipe that uses kale but forgoes the carrots and chickpeas.
Who’s ready for Italian night? This “spring pasta” calls for a plethora of veggies, cream, and parmesan cheese. There is quite a bit of chopping involved but the preparation is half the fun (plus you can enjoy raw veggies which are really good for you). This particular recipe is no-meat, but you can throw in some chicken if you are in need of more protein.
Apple & Peanut Butter Smoothie
We actually eat a lot of smoothies internally at the Good EATS Meal Plan so it’s no surprise that you’d see us recommending them on your meal plan. This one is more of a “dessert in a glass” but we figured you deserved something nice for getting through these two weeks. We’d definitely recommend almond milk for this recipe, as well as vanilla protein powder. The recipe does not call for frozen banana – it calls for ice – and we are of the school that if it doesn’t provide flavor we don’t use it. The whipped cream is to be used sparingly my friends!
That’s all she wrote! If you are interested in eating healthier and having a dedicated diet coach to help you along the way, check out Good EATS Meal Plans (currently only available in Long Island, NY). All of these recipes are actual menu items (somtimes they rotate), created by a nutritionist and world-class chef.