Recently, I have been trying to change my lifestyle and eating habits for the better with gradual success. I have never been much of a cook but now that I know how important home cooking is for maintaining a healthier diet, I feel I must learn! Luckily, I have found that there are many “lifestyle blogs” that have people like me in mind. They list healthy recipes as well as easy, effective exercise plans. This is a round up post sharing a 5 day healthy meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This 5 day meal plan makes eating healthy easy!
Healthy 5 Day Meal Plan:
While browsing through the various helpful articles on different blogs, I came across this delicious Spicy Hummus Wrap recipe from Lauren Conrad. I immediately went out and bought the ingredients to make lunch that day and was pleased with the results and the cost efficiency! My grocery list bill for the recipe was about $15 and I have ingredients left over to make 5 more wraps. Lovely!
Inspired by this small success, I decided to make my own simple meal plan for 5 days with recipes that you can mix and match for all meals. Pick and choose a couple of delicious meals from the list.
It’s possible that this is too hefty a load of ingredients for one grocery shopping list, so I encourage you to take a look at the list of ingredients in each recipe and see which ones you already own the most of and start there! Some recurring ingredients among the recipes will be whole grains, fresh fruits, avocado, carrots, olive oil, arugula, pesto, and chicken breast. And remember, some meals, you can just eat leftovers if you prefer less preparation and cooking!
Okay, let’s get started!
To create your 5 day healthy eating plan, just pick one recipe from each category for each day!
5-Day Healthy Breakfast Meal Plan:
Non-fat Greek yogurt w/ blueberries & sliced banana
Organic oatmeal with sliced banana
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Two hard boiled eggs, a slice of toast, and pineapple slices
Simple Pineapple Smoothie (via Eating Well)
5 Day Healthy Lunch Meal Plan:
Spicy Hummus Wrap (via Lauren Conrad)
Arugula Salad (via Food Network)
Veggie Sushi (can use brown rice)
Veggie Chili (via Food Heaven Made Easy)
Jicama Apple Slaw Pitas (via Lunch Box Bunch)
5 Day Healthy Snack Meal Plan:
Lemon Artichoke Dip (via Greatist)
Smashed Avocado on Whole Grain Bread (via My Recipes)
Honey Grapefruit With Banana Slices (via Health)
Mixed Berry Ice Pops (via Prevention)
5 Day Healthy Dinner Meal Plan Recipes:
Baked Pesto Chicken (via Kayln’s Kitchen)
Pesto Egg Sandwich (via My Recipes)
Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken (via Goop)
Sweet Potato Veggie Burger (via Lunch Box Bunch)
Green Pizza (via Green Kitchen Stories)
Chicken is a great lean protein. Sweet potatoes are full of healthy nutrients. These all make healthy choices after a busy day. If you plan meals ahead of time it is way easier to get everything done. For example, pick simple recipes that meet your health goals. Then shop on the weekend. Prepare nutritious foods and fix leftovers so you don’t have to cook two days in a row. There are so many health benefits to making homemade meals. A healthy diet is something you plan for, not something that happens accidentally. Your health is important so prioritize some time each week and as you become familiar with the recipes it will grow easier each time!
What are some healthy meals that you would recommend? What kind of meals would you like to see more of? Let us know in the comment section if you tried any of the meals above and what you think of them! Did you find these 5 day healthy meal plans helpful?