Eating Healthy Does Not Equal Eating Bland

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When most people think of “going on a diet,” they usually think 1) Bland foods that don’t have any of their favorites included, 2) lots of rules and restrictions that don’t let you relax at any moment, 3) Something that cannot be maintained over the long term and ultimate failure.

Now, seriously, just stop right there.

It doesn’t have to be that way!

Wouldn’t you rather lose weight AND be happy?

Enjoy the foods you’re eating?

Have a treat now and then?

It’s certainly possible, and nowadays, pretty easy to do if you look in the right direction.

Too often, we’re addicted to processed foods or “easy meals.” There’s no thought or preparation, there’s no acknowledgment that our bodies actually need nutrients to work properly, and our hormones can be so messed up (and no I’m not just talking about estrogen, testosterone, or insulin here) that we are like cocaine addicts in our search for “the next high.”  I say, it’s time for that to stop.

We need to understand that while it’s tough to get started, switching to a whole-foods-style of eating is so much better.  Our bodies like it, and when the body is happy, it tends to slough off extra junk (ie fat).

This way of eating can be maintained over the long term, it doesn’t create a drain on our bodies, and it is easier to stick to (believe me, eating more whole foods-style for a month or longer and then going back to junk for a couple of meals provides enough negative feedback that we generally don’t continue with the junk!).

Eating whole-foods style doesn’t have to be complicated.  We don’t have to count calories, grams, points, or portions.  All we need to count is how many servings of fruits and vegetables we’ve eaten today and how many glasses (or liters, or ounces) of water we drank.

Once you’ve committed to eating whole-foods style, the fun becomes, “How Do We Keep the Food from Being Bland?”

Well, you do it kinda like this:

Tex Mex Mini Meatloaves, courtesy of my partners at Prograde Nutrition


Nonstick cooking spray
1 lb. ground turkey breast
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup mild red salsa
¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro
2 egg whites
2 tsp chilli powder
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
¾ mild chunky salsa
½ cup low fat cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl combine turkey, oats, red salsa, cilantro, egg whites, chili powder, and cumin. Divide mixture among muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink. Place 2 mini meat loaves on each of 6 plates. Top each meat loaf with 1 tablespoon chunky salsa and 2 teaspoons cheese.

Or, you do it like this:

Awesome Chili, Quick and Easy (Serves 6-8)

  • 1 pound hamburger, extra lean (92% or better)
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped, with skin on
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (2 cups) chili-style beans, drained
  • 1 can (2 cups) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can beef broth, low sodium
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp basil, cumin, paprika, and black pepper

Preheat soup pot on medium-high. Carmelize onions and garlic. Brown meat. Remove mixture from pot and set aside. Simmer tomatoes with 2 tbsp beef broth on medium high for 10 minutes. Combine all ingredients and heat.  More flavor is apparent after simmering for 15-45 minutes, but it is ready to eat right away!

This works, too:

Banana Oatmeal

1/2 cup dry rolled oats (old-fashioned oatmeal)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 packet of stevia or splenda (optional)
1 tbsp walnuts

Cook oatmeal by placing oats in a bowl and covering with just enough water, then place in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat some water, then throw in oats and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.  After cooking, stir in banana, cinnamon, walnuts, and stevia/splenda.  Enjoy!

And a great way to get in some veggies:

Greens smoothie

1 blender or food processor
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup spinach leaves
1/2 cup sugar free vanilla yogurt
Water, enough for a smooth consistency (start with a 1/4 cup)
Ice (if you want cold or frosty)

Blend ingredients in blender and enjoy the fun looks you’ll get at this awesome-tasting, but green in color smoothie.  And I’m serious when I say it tastes great, as the spinach is virtually tasteless!

See, is that so tough?

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