A common misconception about eating healthy is that there is just no time for it. Meetings run late, our energy runs out, the snooze button gets hit too many times and so on. This vicious cycle of excuses makes way for poor eating habits that only promote all the things we believe to be working against us in the first place. Sometimes the best place to start is with a little inspiration. When using a blender, time is on your side, allowing you to make healthy recipes that will get you back on track, keep you motivated and remind you that there is joy in whipping something up yourself. Grab that blender from the shelf and try these 9 healthy recipes to get you started.
- Banana-Oat Blender Pancakes by Mountain Mama Cooks
Using a standard blender, you can make these hearty, fluffy gluten-free pancakes in no time. Full of healthy ingredients including oats, bananas and almond milk, they’ll give you the nutrients you need to make the most of your morning.
- 5-Ingredient Blender Muffins by Healthy Happy Mama
Making muffins can be messy and time consuming, not to mention that many recipes call for loads of sugar. But these blender bad boys are just the opposite. Made without any flour, oil or refined sugar, these naturally gluten-free muffins are tasty bites of perfection.
- Banana Berry Acai Bowl by My Second Breakfast
A whole lot of healthy goodness packed into one meal, this antioxidant-rich breakfast bowl will not only stimulate your eyes with its popping colors, but wow your tastebuds, too. The sweetness of the acai powder, fruit toppings and shredded coconut flakes is accented with the nuttiness of the granola, seeds and other crunchy toppings.
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For a Snack
- Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Salsa serves as a great snack or topping to a variety of meals, like omelets in the morning or atop a piece of fish for dinner. But when you buy it from the store, you’re often getting a jar filled with far too much sodium. To ensure you keep the ratios right, just whip this recipe up using a blender.
- Hummus in the Blender by Fat Free Vegan
Homemade hummus puts the store-bought stuff to shame, especially when you finally realize just how easy it is to make it yourself! With little time, just a few ingredients and a whole lot of health packed in the protein-rich chickpeas, you’ll be whipping this up often if you know what’s good for you. This recipe uses a Vitamix, though a standard blender should do just fine.
For Lunch or Dinner
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Green Smoothie by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
If your job leaves you little time to eat, smoothies are a great way to go. Often, we think of smoothies as a breakfast, snack or supplement to a meal, but this recipe takes it up a notch. The simple yet satisfying lunchtime go-to—peanut butter and jelly—is reinvented for the adult-on-the-go by making it into a delicious smoothie full of vitamin-rich leafy greens, protein-packed Greek yogurt and berries, which are antioxidant powerhouses.
- Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto by Just a Taste
This vegetarian-friendly dish boasts some serious flavor using such simple ingredients. It’s as easy as sauteing some zucchini noodles and mixing with a blender-made 5-ingredient pesto complete with garlic, toasted pine nuts, Parmesan, basil and sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil.
- Garlic Mashed Cauliflower by Skinny Ms.
You won’t miss mashed potatoes when you try this recipe out. When prepared right, mashed cauliflower has a similar texture to mashed potatoes as well as a sweet and buttery taste. The best part is, without sacrificing taste, you’re eating up a completely satisfying low-carb, low-cal side dish for your meal. Not to mention that cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C and manganese, which are both antioxidants.
- Ginger Butternut Squash Soup by Brit.Co
This recipe is super healthy, easy and quick! So when you’ve had a late night at work, or opted for an evening gym session and come home famished, don’t raid your pantry for chips and cookies. This 110-calorie soup recipe only utilizes 5 ingredients and takes a mere 30 minutes.
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