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12 Delicious Foods You Didn’t Know Were Healthy


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During National Nutrition Month, you might be inundated with advice on diets, health foods and food fads. Celery juice, the keto diet, Whole30…it’s impossible to keep up! It can be hard to stay on track and above the dietary fray, which is why we are rounding up our favorite meals that are easy, approachable and tasty, too! No fuss, no trips to specialty stores necessary–these recipes will make your health journey easy, not harder!

When you’re making healthy happen, it can be hard  to pass on foods you would typically indulge in, but the truth is, you don’t have to. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain your current weight, or simply add more nutritional value to your diet, these so called “guilty foods” can be made healthy. It just requires thinking outside the box and inside your kitchen!

Eating meatloaf doesn’t have to be a mystery. Substitute ground turkey for a leaner fat profile, and quinoa to pump up the protein, and you’ll feel truly comfortable consuming this comfort food.

If you haven’t heard, Chipotle has released their guac recipe! YAY! Season packets or premade containers can’t compete with the simplicity of this spread made from scratch. Just combine mashed avos with diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime for a fresh dose of healthy fats!

3. Egg Casseroles

We’re no longer too concerned about cholesterol when it comes to eggs. So grab a carton and cook them any way you like. We recommend these tasty crustless-quiches or a veggie filled egg bake.

Foods with more vibrant colors like sweet potatoes have more nutritional value than traditional white potatoes. When baking potatoes, stick to the ones that add color to your plate. Top with diced veggies, salsa, and plain greek yogurt to replace sour cream!

5. Rice

Consider utilizing wild rice in dishes that would normally call for white or brown rice like stir fries, soups, or salad recipes. Wild rice, like quinoa, is slightly higher in protein, giving it a nutritional advantage to white or brown rice. Plus, it’s an excellent source of fiber!

Homemade whole wheat pizza crust can be as easy as 4-5 ingredients—water, yeast, salt, whole wheat flour, and sometimes some sweetener. I bet you can even have it made and in the oven before the delivery man arrives.

With thinly sliced zucchini or eggplant as noodles, you can turn this dish into low carb, just like THAT! Swap out ricotta for cottage cheese for a lower fat option!

Opt for lean sources of protein when indulging in a burger. Ground turkey or bison make for great burger patties. You can even go bun free as a low carb-paleo route, if so inclined.

Paleo recipes know what’s up when it comes to pancakes. Almond and coconut flours add nutritional value while also being gluten free. Devoid of any added refined sugar so all you have to do is add your naturally sweet maple syrup. Not digging the paleo option? Try our 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes, instead!

Who’s to say cookies can’t be healthy? You just got to know what to look for. I personally look for recipes with sugar coming from natural sources like bananas, honey, or maple syrup. Whole wheat flour and oats are other good ingredients for fiber filled cookies. What’s better than a cookie for dessert? A cookie for breakfast! Don’t miss our delicious Apple Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie recipe that you are sure to love.

Are you sweet? Or savory? Plain greek yogurt is the ultimate substitution for ranch, sour cream, or cream cheese based dips. Try this greek yogurt based spinach and artichoke dip or this healthy and sweet dip for fruit!

12. Grilled Cheese

Recipe for kid grilled cheese: white bread (likely with the crust cut off and buttered), 1-2 slices american cheese singles.

Recipe for adult grilled cheese: whole wheat bread, low fat cheese, and ______________. Your opportunities are endless. Cooking Light hooks us up with some amazingly light grown up grilled cheeses.


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Inexpensive 5-Ingredient BBQ Black Bean Burgers You Need to Try


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black bean burgerThis is a great recipe to keep on hand for when the pantry is bare and the grocery budget or shopping time is low. Each serving costs less than a buck to make—even less if you cook your own black beans from scratch—and it’s packed with nutrition. Sometimes eating healthy on a budget can be tricky, but this recipe makes it easy!

You might be tempted to fire up the food processor for this recipe, but trust me, you want to go manual for these burgers and mash up the black beans with a fork. The food processor takes black beans from, well…bean-like to mush in a matter of seconds. By just mashing your black beans roughly with a fork, you can easily control the texture of your burgers.

Also, when you’re browsing the aisles at the grocery store for barbecue sauce, make sure to read ingredients. There are some great options out there with recognizable ingredients, but there are also a few on the shelf that have artificial flavors, colors, and high fructose corn syrup. Skip those non-food versions and instead pick up a bottle that lists ingredients you recognize (or make your own if you have a rockin’ recipe!).

Top these gloriously healthy burgs with your favorite fixins and enjoy the beautiful weather. Happy patio season!

5-Ingredient BBQ Black Bean Burgers

Makes 3 large burgers


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2/3 cups quick cooking oats (see notes)
  • Whole wheat burger buns and burger toppings, for serving

uncooked bean burger


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until you have a chunky paste (you’ll want to leave some of the bean chunks for texture).
  3. Add in the barbecue sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir until well-combined.
  4. Add in the oats, and stir until well-combined. You don’t want any lumps of oats.
  5. With wet hands, form the mixture into three even-sized patties. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, flip over, and then bake an additional 10 minutes or until the patties are slightly brown, beginning to crack on the edges, and feel solid.
  6. Serve immediately on whole grain buns with your favorite burger toppings.


Don’t have quick cooking oats on hand? Just take regular rolled/old fashioned oats and pulse them in a food processor until they are well-chopped, but not powdered.

Nutrition Per Burger

Does not include bun or toppings

250 calories, 2.8g fat, 46.6g carbs, 10.9g protein

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