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15 Well-Balanced Meals for a Healthier You

Put down your carrot sticks. Stash your celery. Back away from the apple slices.

Eating healthier is awesome. It makes you feel like your best self. But it doesn’t have to be boring. 

Instead, think: Lots of fresh foods. Lean proteins. Good-for-you fats. Reasonable portions. 

And as Rachael always says, when you cook at home, you eat better because you know every ingredient in your meal. Try these other tips, too:

Eat the Rainbow: Keep your plate colorful. Fresh greens and bright veggies add great nutrition to your meal.
Get Spicy: Spices and herbs add punches of flavor without making your dinner heavier.
Pack Up: Dish out what you need for dinner, then box up the rest for lunch tomorrow. You’ll save time and money, and it will keep your portions reasonable.

Keep these quick tips in mind for healthful eating, and then check out some of these crazy-good (and good for you) mains, apps, and snacks:

Grilled or Roasted Broccoli and Sliced Chicken Pitas with Tahini Sauce

A super-flavorful marinaded chicken is paired with roasted or grilled veggies. Don’t forget to use whole wheat pita for an extra serving of grains.

Baked Devil’s Chicken

If you love fried chicken (but not the grease!), this recipe is for you. The chicken is coated and baked for that awesome crunch – without deep frying.

High-Protein Spaghetti with Chickpeas and Cauliflower

Whole wheat pasta plus chickpeas results in a super-healthy dish. Omit the anchovies for a vegetarian-friendly recipe that everyone will love.

Crispy Tuscan Kale on the Grill

There’s kale. And then there’s grilled kale. The flavors are so rich and smoky, and the preparation so simple, you’ll be making this recipe every week. This works fine over an outdoor grill or the grill pan on your stove.

Salmon Filets with Dill Couscous and Spicy Kale

Sides of cucumber-dill couscous and spicy kale with red pepper flakes balance each other out in this flavorful salmon dish.

Roast Cauliflower Bites with Kale Pesto

Roasting cauliflower caramelizes it for a side or starter that’s surprisingly delicious. Top with a nutritious kale pesto for an extra boost!

Mexican Style Cumin Pepper Steak Tacos

Fajita-style tacos get tons of zip from your own homemade poblano sauce. Shoot for whole wheat tortillas for an extra serving of grains.

Sicilian-Style Saffron Cod with Burst Tomatoes

Homemade gremolata (a topping made of lemon zest, garlic, and parsley) plus light, healthy cod takes this dish over the top. 

Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Zucchini, Corn, and Cherry Tomato Sauce

Just like the grilled kale, an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan work just fine for this healthy dish featuring thyme-marinated chicken and zucchini-corn sauce.

Spaghetti Squash with Romesco Sauce

Nutritious spaghetti squash gets paired with a spicy sauce in a healthy twist on this classic pasta dish. Perfect for vegetarians, too!

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This salad is ready in a snap thanks to frozen corn and canned beans. It makes a perfect side for a Mexican-themed dinner night, topper for salad, or dipper for whole grain tortilla chips.

Lettuce Tacos with Sesame-Cumin Beef

Lettuce replaces traditional tortilla wraps in these Asian-inspired tacos. With beef and edamame, they’re packed with protein, too!

Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Don’t knock it ’til ya try it! Perfectly roasted florets paired with vibrant garlic will make a broccoli lover out of anyone. We promise!

Italian-Style Chicken Noodle Soup

A garlic-lemon herb broth pairs beautifully with fresh veggies and lean chicken in this healthy and delish soup. 

Spanish-Style Grilled Chicken and Dark Greens Salad

This protein-packed dish features chicken, chickpeas, spinach, and sliced almonds. You’ll be ready to run a marathon after a bowl of this salad!

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