A Nutrient Packed Day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert

13 May

A healthy, balanced diet consists of whole grains, heart healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and beans, low-fat dairy products, is low in cholesterol, low in fat, low in sodium, high fiber and high in protein. Do you ever wonder, “how can I put all these things together into an actual menu?”

Use this menu I have created as a reference. I have included everything that you need for a daily balanced diet! Each dish has 5 ingredients or less. I bought everything here for 50 dollars.

BREAKFAST:

Do not EVER skip breakfast! Try making this lightning fast smoothie. It contains blueberries which are very high in antioxidants (which fight cancer), ground flax seeds which are very high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are very good for brain and heart health), and soy milk which is low in fat. You want to always get the ground flax seed. If you are buying whole flax seeds, you are wasting your money! The whole seeds cannot be digested or used by your body, and to be frank, they came out in the same form as you put them in!

Blueberry Cereal Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (no sugar added)
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed meal

Directions:

  • Place blueberries, soy milk and flax seed meal in blender
  • Blend
  • Serve!
LUNCH:

A quick lunch is a must to make, because we do not have much time in the evening or the morning to prep. It it takes too long to prep, we will be tempted to skip making it and go out somewhere for lunch. Save yourself the money and make this quick sandwich. Whole wheat bread which is high in fiber, avocados which are high in the heart healthy monounsaturated fats, spinach which are good sources of iron, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, tomatoes which are high in lycopene which is an antioxidant that can prevent cancer, and Dijon mustard which is low in fat and high in flavor! Pair this sandwich along with an Apple and a glass of skim milk and you are all set!

ALT (Avocado/Lettuce/Tomato) Sandwich

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 slice WHOLE WHEAT bread
  • 1/4 ripe avocado chopped
  • 1/2 medium tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Directions:

  • Place mustard on one slice of bread, place 1/2 cup of spinach leaves on one slice of bread, place tomato slices on one slice of bread, place avocado one piece of bread.
  • Put together sandwiches by closing two pieces together slowly, then press gently to compress sandwich.
DINNER: A quick, easy and flavorful dinner is a must! If you have this recipe planned for dinner, you will not even think twice about ordering a pizza. Pair this recipe with a mixed lettuce salad with oil and vinegar as a side, and a glass of skim milk. This recipe contains whole grain tortillas that are high in fiber, black beans that are high in fiber and protein, salsa, tomato sauce and corn which are high in flavor and low in sodium and fat. You can add mozzarella cheese to this if you would like. If you cannot find no-salt added beans or corn be sure to rinse them under water to remove the sodium. You can see if salt is added by looking at the ingredients on the back of the can.
Vegetarian Tortilla Pie

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar (11-12 oz) Medium Salsa
  • 1 can 8 oz low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 can no-salt added black beans
  • 1 can no-salt added whole kernel corn drained
  • 9 whole wheat flour tortillas

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together salsa, tomato sauce, beans and corn.
  • Place 3 tortillas down on a large cookie sheet. Spread mixture evenly over tortilla. Cover each with a tortilla and repeat on next layer. Top with a final tortilla on each.
  • Back pie until cheese has melted and filling is hot, 10-12 minutes.
DESSERT: Ever wonder how you can indulge in something, but have it also contain some important nutrients, and have it be a good choice? This dessert contains greek yogurt, which has no fat, high in calcium and protein, natural vanilla wafers which do not have the trans fat that the regular vanilla wafers have, bananas which are high in potassium, fiber and natural sugars, and dark chocolate chips which are known for the antioxidant effects.

Greek Yogurt Surprise!

Serves 10-15

Ingredients:

  • 8 -4 oz cups Non-Fat Honey Greek Yogurt
  • 2-Boxes Madagascar Vanilla Wafers
  • 8-Large Bananas
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Open yogurt containers and mix yogurt in a bowl.
  • Cut all bananas into small slices.
  • Pour wafers into a bowl and smash them until crushed.
  • Get a clear large bowl for the layering process. Start with the cookies on the bottom, then yogurt, then bananas, repeat three about three times. End with cookies on top. Then sprinkle chocolate chips on the very top!
  • Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours.
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4 Responses to “A Nutrient Packed Day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert”

  1. Darren Kearney 02/01/2013 at 5:24 AM #

    Great post and some recipes that I will definitely be trying, thank you.

    • nutritranslator 02/01/2013 at 12:47 PM #

      Thanks for the commend Darren. Best of luck to you in the New Year!

  2. Hellen Jenks 02/01/2013 at 5:27 AM #

    Sounds Gorgeous. I was just looking for ways to lose weight when I spotted this article https://nutritiontranslator.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/a-nutrient-packed-day-breakfast-lunch-dinner-and-dessert/ I think I will delay the diet till after I try the above recipes.

    • nutritranslator 02/01/2013 at 12:47 PM #

      Hellen, Yes! By eating foods high in fiber, whole foods and foods that are less processed, the weight will naturally come off! It is a new year, try not dieting this year….because diets never work! You will do great!

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