Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day

Here are well-balanced options you can eat for days, weeks or even months at a time and feel assured that you’re getting the nutrients you need. Mix and match them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for variation.

Soy Burger and Baked Fries

Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day - Soy Burger and Baked Fries images
Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day – Soy Burger and Baked Fries images

A burger with fries is a go-to favorite meal for many people, so turn it into a healthy choice by swapping out a fatty burger for a soy burger, and roasted or potato fries. Start with a 100-calorie whole grain roll, add your soy burger, and top with lettuce, tomato, low-fat cheese slice, pickles, and a bit of mustard and ketchup. A small baked or sweet potato (the size of your fist) baked whole or cut into six long chunks (Roasted at 400 for 30 minutes, first tossed with one teaspoon of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper) is a fiber-rich starch. Complete your meal with one cup of sliced melon, or fresh fruit of your choice. That’s a 450-calorie meal with heart healthy fat, high-quality protein, and fiber-rich carbs.

Veggie Frittata

Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day - Veggie Frittata images
Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day – Veggie Frittata images

An egg is the most digestible protein in nature and an ideal choice to mix with cooked vegetables and low-fat cheese. Enjoy a vegetable frittata by beating two eggs (or egg substitute) and pouring into a non-stick pan then adding one cup of chopped veggies (fresh or frozen) and ¼ cup of shredded low-fat cheese. Cook until eggs are firm, then fold over one edge if you want it omelette-style. Include a fresh green or fruit salad and you’ve got a low-calorie healthy meal you can eat anytime of the day.

Rotisserie Chicken and Vegetables

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Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day – Rotisserie Chicken and Vegetables images

Roasted chicken can be a calorie-watcher’s best friend. Whether grilled at home, or cut from a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, a skinless chicken breast or leg/thigh combination is a perfect source of lean protein. Just add two cups of a bagged salad and a half-cup of cooked instant brown rice to make it a meal. You can alternate one cup of fresh or cooked broccoli or other veggies instead of salad, and swap out your brown rice for half a cup of cooked couscous or a small baked potato (eat the skin for optimal nutrients). You’ve got a 450-calorie lunch or dinner loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Still hungry? Add a 100-calorie dessert of berries with low-fat topping or small low-fat yogurt or pudding.

The Best Frozen Meals

Seeking an easy way to control your portions and maintain variety? Try a frozen, low-calorie meal. Look for meals that are “lean”, “healthy”, “light” and “smart” and are high in protein and low in sodium. You can find many in the 300 to 350 calorie range. Add a bag of green beans, a fresh fruit, or frozen berries (eaten frozen or thawed) to boost your nutrient intake, and the complete meal should come in under 450 calories.

Low-Fat Deli Sandwich

When you’re on the go and want a deli lunch, look for low-fat options like Subway’s 6-inch sandwiches with 6 grams of fat or less (on whole- grain bread). Skip the cheese, and load up on fresh veggie toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cucumbers. Use mustard instead of mayonnaise. Add a small bag of baked chips or piece of fruit along with a bottled water or low-calorie soda, and you have a satisfying meal for 450 calories or less. Or try the chain’s kid’s combo, which includes a 4-inch sandwich and a choice of mini-yogurt and fruit, for fewer than 400 calories.

Colorful Veggie Salad with Tuna

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Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day – Colorful Veggie Salad with Tuna images

You can make this healthy salad yourself, or select it at a serve-yourself salad bar. Start with three cups of dark green mixed greens and add about 4 ounces of water-packed canned tuna. Top with colorful veggies of your choice like tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, or peppers. Mix up different veggie combos to keep it interesting. Put your dressing on the side and use the “dip and scoop” method of dipping your fork in the dressing first then scooping up salad, or use a calorie-free balsamic vinegar blended with a teaspoon of olive oil. Add a 100-calorie pack of whole wheat crackers and a fresh fruit, and you’ve got yourself a 450-calorie nutrient-dense meal that will keep you satisfied for hours.

Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Who doesn’t love an egg sandwich? Make your own healthy version by starting with a 100-calorie whole-grain English muffin, bagel, or slice of bread. Add one cooked scrambled egg plus 2 egg whites (either use the stove or cook a beaten egg and 2 egg whites in the microwave in a glass cup for 1 minute). Top with a thin slice of 2% low-fat cheddar cheese. The whole grains and protein combo is filling and nutritious, and just 275 calories.

Greek Yogurt with Fruit

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Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day – Greek Yogurt with Fruit images

A container of plain, low- or non-fat Greek yogurt is a quick and easy breakfast on-the-go. Mix in some sliced fresh fruit, or frozen berries, or take along a whole fruit to add on the side. If you’re drinking coffee or tea, add 1% or skim milk, and if you use a sweetener, stick to one teaspoon of a natural sweetener (honey, brown sugar, cane sugar, etc.), which adds only 15 calories to your coffee. This protein-dense breakfast is about 200 calories.

Waffles with Peanut Butter and Strawberries

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Healthy Meals That You Could Eat Every Day – Waffles with Peanut Butter and Strawberries images

If you want to lose weight, fiber-rich carbohydrates are the best way to start the day. Spread one tablespoon of peanut butter on a high-fiber waffle and top it off with three sliced strawberries or a handful of blueberries. Add a small skim milk latte and you have a “grown-up” version of PB and J and milk for just 290 calories.

Low Sodium Diet Foods List

Low sodium foods are abundant and many are natural, organic, and can be easily found. They can be found in every food group and there are many different possibilities for a low sodium meal.

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LOW SODIUM DIET FOODS LIST images

BREADS, CEREALS, RICE AND PASTA
Most rice and pastas are very low in sodium. Compare labels to find products with less salt and don’t add salt when cooking. The following are also all viable low-sodium food items:
• Whole grain bread
• Granola
• Puffed rice
• Rolled oats
• Shredded wheats
• Unsalted popcorn
• Bread, bagels, English muffins, crackers, or bread sticks without salted tops.

FRUITS
Any kind of fruit or fruit juice (fresh, frozen, or canned) is low in sodium if it does not contain sauces. Fruits particularly low in sodium include:
• Apples
• Bananas
• Blackberries
• Cherries
• Peaches
• Pears
• Raspberries
• Watermelons

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LOW SODIUM DIET FOODS LIST images 2 – Fruit and Vegetables

VEGETABLES
As with fruits, all fresh vegetables are low in sodium. Vegetables may also be frozen of canned if, like fruits, they do not contain sauces.
• Broccoli
• Cabbage
• Cauliflower
• Chickpeas
• Cucumber
• Green peppers
• Lima beans
• Sweet potatoes

PROTEIN
Choose fresh meats when possible. Some fresh meat has added sodium, so always check the label.
• 6 ounces daily of any fresh or frozen beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish without salt or sodium in the preparation and without skin.
• Low sodium, water packed tuna or salmon
• Eggs and egg substitutes
• Unsalted nuts and seeds
• Low sodium nut butter

FATS
• Olive oil and other cooking oils
• Low sodium mayonnaise
• Unsalted butter or margarine
• Low sodium salad dressings
DAIRY
Milk is a healthy dairy product that contains virtually no sodium. Choose fat free or low-fat milk and yogurt more often than cheese, which can be high in sodium. Milk and yogurt are also good sources of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.
• Low sodium cottage cheese
• Fat free or low fat yogurt
• Skim or 1% milk
• Soy-based drinks with added calcium
• Cream
• Non-dairy creamers
• Sour cream
• Ice cream

CONDIMENTS AND EXTRAS
Choose condiments that are low in sodium or have no sodium at all, and try seasonings instead of salt to flavor food.
• Spices and herbs without sodium or salt
• Vinegar
• Lemon
• Fresh horseradish or prepared without salt
• Baking soda and powder
• Cream of tartar
• Mustard
• Tabasco sauce or low sodium chili sauces
• Mrs. Dash and other sodium-free seasonings
• Yeast
• Jams and jellies
• Low sodium ketchup
• Low sodium tomato sauces and vegetable juices without salt or sodium added

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LOW SODIUM DIET FOODS LIST images 1 – HIGH SODIUM FOODS TO AVOID

HIGH SODIUM FOODS TO AVOID
• Buttermilk, malted milk, chocolate milk
• Bacon (all types), sausages or hot dogs, all lunch meats unless low sodium
• Breaded meats (such as chicken parmesan)
• Meats koshered by salting
• Canned or frozen vegetables if processed with salt
• Anchovies and other smoked fish; caviar
• Anything pickled (such as sauerkraut, pickles); olives

EAT LESS SODIUM:QUICK TIPS

1. Know your sodium limit

  • Healthy adults need to limit their sodium intake to no more than 2,300 mg per day (about 1 teaspoon of salt)
  • Some people, including children and those with high blood pressure, need to keep their sodium intake even lower (no more than 1,500 mg per day). Ask your doctor how much sodium is okay for you.
  • If you need to make changes, slowly reduce the amount of sodium in your foods and your taste for salt will change with time.

2. Check the label

  • Use the Nutrition Facts Label to check the sodium in packaged foods. Try to choose products with 5% Daily Value (DV) or less. A sodium content of 20% DV or more is high.
  • Look for foods labeled “low sodium,” “reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”

3. Shop for low sodium foods

  • Load up on vegetables, fruits, beans, and peas, which are naturally low in sodium. Fresh, frozen, and dried options are all good choices.
  • When you buy canned fruit, look for options packed in 100% juice or water.
  • When you buy canned vegetables and beans, choose ones with labels that say “low sodium,” “reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”
  • Compare the sodium in foods like bread, soup, and frozen meals. Choose the ones with less sodium.
  • Limit processed foods, especially foods that are salted, smoked, or cured, like hot dogs, bacon, and deli meats.

4. Prepare your meals with less sodium

  • If you buy canned foods (like vegetables, beans, or fish), choose low sodium varieties.
  • If you use canned foods that aren’t low sodium, rinse them before eating to wash away some of the salt.
  • Use unsalted butter or soft margarine.
  • Don’t add salt to the water when you cook pasta or rice.
  • Try different herbs and spices to flavor yourfood instead of salt.

5. Add more potassium to your diet

  • Adding more potassium can help lower your blood pressure. Good sources of potassium include potatoes, cantaloupe, bananas, beans, and yogurt.