These 7 Meal Ideas are Healthy & Delicious, and We Mean It

We’ve all been there: Eating a healthy meal, but feeling unsatisfied and a little sad after every bland bite. Or, munching on an incredibly flavorful snack only to find it’s loaded with overly-processed artificial ingredients. Well, these dishes—from breakfast to dinner and everything in between—are loaded with nutritious whole ingredients and they’re super tasty. You’ll love every bite and feel great afterward, too.

1. A feast for the eyes and your grumbling stomach.

Smoothies with Toppings: Why settle for a sugary store-bought smoothie when you can blend your own mix of plain yogurt and fruit? It looks even prettier and tastes even better when poured into a bowl and topped with fresh fruit and toasted nuts or seeds for a yummy crunch. Take the time to savor with a spoon and you’ll enjoy it even more!

2. The ultimate protein-packed breakfast of champions.

Loaded Scrambled Eggs: Toss last night’s leftover veggies into your morning scramble. If you don’t have any on hand, baby spinach wilts right into hot eggs and halved grape tomatoes work well too. You use olive oil instead of butter and still end up with creamy eggs if you stir a spoonful of chia seeds into the beaten eggs ten minutes before cooking. They soften in the mix and give the scramble a silky texture.

3. A super fresh spin on grain-free pasta.

Zucchini “Noodles” with Pesto: If you have a spiralizer, this is the perfect way to use it. Run a zucchini through the spiralizer to create noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you hand-cut noodles by cutting the zucchini into long, thin strips. Drop the zucchini into boiling salted water for 5 seconds, then drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Toss the noodles with pesto and top with diced tomatoes and fresh herbs for a stunning and delicious “pasta” dish.

4. A new way to lunch from an old standard.

Spanish-Style Tuna Salad: A far cry from the American mayonnaise-laden classic, this salad starts with really good canned tuna. Look for big fillets packed in olive oil. Break those into large chunks and gently toss with ripe cut tomatoes, sliced sweet onion and peppers, quartered hard-boiled eggs, sherry vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil. For an added savory kick, throw in some slivered green olives and sprinkle with pimentón (smoked sweet paprika).

5. A summertime twist on a take-out classic.

Grilled Sweet-and-Sour Pork Tenderloin and Sesame Caramelized Carrots: Lean pork tastes rich when thick medallions are coated in a simple blend of soy sauce, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar, then grilled until charred outside and juicy inside. Carrots slicked with olive oil and seasoned with salt soften and become smoky on the grill and turn into the perfect accompaniment to the meat when sprinkled with sesame seeds after cooking.

6. Opposites attract in an easy, elegant dinner.

Seared Shrimp with Avocado Citrus Salsa: This play on hot and cold, creamy and crunchy makes for a refreshing meal. To start, simply mix diced avocado, fennel, and grapefruit with lime juice and chopped cilantro. Top that simple salsa with cayenne-pepper-dusted seared shrimp. A final sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil never hurts.

7. A one-pot vegetarian meal even carnivores will love.

Summer Vegetable Coconut Curry: Even without meat, this main course fills you up and leaves you totally satisfied. Stir-fry onion, garlic, eggplant, peppers, green beans, zucchini, and any other summer vegetables you love until bright, then stir in yellow curry paste and coconut milk. The curry doesn’t need to simmer long—only until the vegetables soften to a luscious tenderness.

All of these dishes are packed with seasonal produce and lean proteins that are full of vitamins, nutrients, and, above all, fantastic flavors and textures. With these straightforward cooking techniques, you’re on your way to meals that are as delicious as any you’ve ever enjoyed and are actually good for you too. We really mean it.