As a health coach, I place a lot of emphasis on eating clean, whole foods at least 80 percent of the time. This includes fresh vegetables, organic meat/poultry/fish/seafood, legumes, whole grains (such as quinoa and brown rice), nuts and seeds, and fresh fruit.
I believe in eating plenty of vegetables every day, ideally at every meal. Each vegetable offers its own set of much needed vitamins and minerals, so the more veggies and the wider variety, the better.
I tell my clients to fill half their plate with veggies, and add some healthy protein (animal or vegetarian) and healthy fats (like avocado). Eating this way will help anyone be their healthiest self and shed unwanted weight.
But I often come across people who struggle to eat enough vegetables because they’re not salad fans or have trouble digesting raw vegetables. As a result, their diets lack in quantity and variety of vegetables and usually include too many processed foods.
For those of you who don’t love raw green salads (or have trouble digesting them), I'm sharing five of my favorite clean, healthy, and delicious meals — filled with nutritious veggies — that anyone will love. (Bonus: They're also perfect to bring to work!)
Note: All recipes below serve 2 and are gluten- and dairy-free. Adding cheese is an option for most of the recipes, for those of you with no dairy sensitivities.
1. Roasted Beets and Curried Chickpea Salad