Regardless how much time you spend in the gym, it is almost impossible to get results if you have a poor diet. This is one of the major pitfalls when people are trying to reach their fitness goals – all of the work and planning goes into the workout and the unhealthy foods prevent the positive results.
Fortunately, you don’t have to avoid foods that you love in order to get in the best shape of your life. In fact, with a few unique twists on some old favorites you can start to see results quickly without feeling as though you are sacrificing when it comes to eating.
You probably already felt pressed for time before you started your new healthy lifestyle – now you’ve added 30-45 minutes in the gym and an extra shower to your busy day. You might think that making a healthy breakfast would be impossible – that is where this lighting fast recipe comes into play:
These tasty flapjacks feature just a few ingredients and all of the cooking takes place in the microwave. The entire dish takes less than 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish and with no need for pans or separate mixing equipment, there is a lot less clean up.
You probably wouldn’t equate eating flapjacks of any variety with a heart healthy diet – but with whole wheat flower, low fat milk and strawberries as the primary form of sweetener, this simple recipe fits that bill:
Oats help keep you feeling full and deliver sustained energy to help get you through your day. You also get additional dietary fiber and plenty of vitamins (particularly vitamin C) from the strawberries which makes this recipe a very well rounded breakfast.
If your focus is on building muscle while you improve your health you’ll want to boost your protein intake. While flapjacks aren’t usually on the list of top protein foods, this power packed recipe that features a few tasty twists can up your daily protein:
This recipe features oats (high in protein on their own), but kicks the muscle building potential up a few notches with protein powder and flax seeds (which are high in protein and healthy fats). If you have been struggling to make positive strides because you can’t seem to consume enough protein during the day (at least a half a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight per day when trying to build muscle) this recipe just might get you over the hump.
Eating right doesn’t have to be a monumental challenge – and it certainly doesn’t have to be boring. Find new and unique takes on some classics or seek out completely new simple and healthy recipes to help you power your way to your health and fitness goals.