If you’ve given any thought to living a healthy eating lifestyle, then you may have run into many of the same roadblocks we all encounter. For starters, the plaguing question is, “Where do I start?!” followed by, “How can I find meals that are practical and easy to prepare?!”
No worries, I gotcha covered! In this post I’m going to share 20 healthy winter meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack! I’ll also share a few tips that have helped me along my healthy eating – and meal planning – journey.
Where Do I Start?
After much trial and error, the simplest way I suggest a person to start is with choosing a health plan. I typically try to stay away from the word “diet” as its definition has changed over time.
When I use the word “diet,” I’m referring to a health plan. For some people, health concerns like high blood pressure, low/high cholesterol, and food allergies have to be taken into consideration. For others, it may just be a matter of choosing how you want to eat and to support what.
I’m a huge advocate for eating according to the Creator’s Health Plan which can be easily tweaked and modified to suit any help concerns. However, I’ve never experienced bad things happening from eating clean meat, fruit, and vegetables.
The biggest thing to watch for is the quality of the meat and produce you buy. Corn and scrap fed animals will not yield the healthiest kind of meat. Just like “hot house” (as my mom calls it) grown produce won’t have the fullest of nutrients. This is where it pays to picky!
Where are the Practical, Easy-to-Cook Meal Ideas?
I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing the chefs, recipe sites, and cookbook creators out there but truth be told… majority of the recipes floating around use 15+ steps with ingredients that are hard to find in your everyday grocery store.
If you’re a busy, work-from-home, homeschooling mama like me then you need two things – quick and simple. Something I’ve started doing is finding recipes that I can break down or minimalize and still come out with a great tasting dish.
Don’t get me wrong, there are simple and quick recipes floating around out there. You just gotta do some lookin’!
Winter Meal Planning Made Simple
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These questions, and many others, can be the determining factors in whether you start meal planning – and actually stick with it. Trust me, I totally get it. I can the Que…
Healthy Winter Meal Ideas
Now for the good stuff… I’ve compiled a list of quick and easy go-to meals that you can build a pretty yummy meal plan from. Mix-and-match and switch them up to create an entire month’s worth of meals. Substitute what you need, and add what you want! Enjoy!
- Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Whole Bran Cereal w/ Fruit
- Yogurt, Fruit, & Granola
- Veggie Omelets
- Protein Waffles
- Crispy Tuna Cakes
- Homemade Pizza Bites
- Sliced Apples w/ Peanut Butter, Honey, & Granola
- Caesar Salad
- Fruit Salad
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- Vegetarian Lasagna
- Veggie Pizza
- Classic Spaghetti
- Rice & Veggies
- Soup (like broccoli cauliflower or veggie chili)
- Trail Mix
- Cottage Cheese & Peaches
- Celery & Peanut Butter w/ Raisins
- Apples & Honey
- Fruit Smoothie
Keep It Simple
If you’re planning to start your lifestyle of healthy eating, I’d like to leave you with a few tips that have helped me along the way:
- KISS – keep it simple!
- Start by choosing a health plan – a way of eating, such as: plant-based, vegetarian, Biblically-clean, etc.
- Set a budget.
- Plan your meals around your budget.
- Grocery shop according to your meal plan.
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