Healthy No-Cook Recipes
Are you looking for some healthy nutrition that doesn’t include all the hassle of cooking? With the recent explosion of cooking shows, it seems like everyone just loves creating culinary masterpieces but that is not always the case. Let’s face it, some of us aren’t great cooks or just don’t want to spend tons of time in the kitchen…and that’s OK! There are plenty of ways to eat nutritiously without always having to cook. Salads are, of course, an easy and healthy option but sometimes you want to mix things up. If so, check out some of these Healthy No-Cook Recipes.
In an airtight jar , layer ½ cup dry oats + ½ cup milk (dairy or nut based) + 2 tablespoons trail mix + pinch of spices (unsweetened cocoa powder, nutmeg, vanilla extract or cinnamon).
Seal and refrigerate overnight. Open in the morning and enjoy!
Incredibly Easy Smoothie
Throw ½ cup frozen fruit (or banana) + ½ cup unsweetened almond, cashew or soy milk + 2 tablespoons of honey + ice into blender.
Blend and drink. That’s it!
No-Bake Energy Balls
1 cup (dry) oatmeal + ⅔ cup toasted coconut flakes + ½ cup peanut or cashew butter + ½ cup ground flax seeds + ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips) + ⅓ cup honey or agave nectar + 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Stir together, cover and chill for half hour in refrigerator. Remove and roll into desired sized balls. Store in airtight container for up to a week, if they last that long.
PB & J 2.0
Start with a slice of whole-grain bread (one with less than 4 grams of sugar) + a spread almond or cashew butter + layer of fresh raspberries, sliced strawberries or halved grapes + a sprinkle of chia or sunflower seeds for crunch.
Creamy Raw Red Pepper Soup
Add into a blender 1 cup warm water + 1 medium red pepper + ½ large avocado + 1 medium carrot + 2 cloves garlic + 1 chopped red onion + 1 teaspoon ground cumin + ½ teaspoon black pepper.
Blend on high-speed for 4 – 5 minutes until thick and smooth. Season to taste and serve.
Begin with 2 halved avocados. Fill with a mixture of 2 ⅔ cups of precooked, organic chicken or seafood (salmon, tuna or crab meat) + ¼ cup nonfat yogurt + 2 tablespoons low-fat mayo + 1 small clove garlic, minced + ½ cup chopped bell peppers (or tomatoes) + ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper + ⅛ teaspoon of salt, or to taste.
Divide and fill avocado halves with filling and serve with lime wedges. Yum!
For more healthy recipes ideas that cut down on your time in the kitchen, check out The Greatist’s No-Cook Recipes.