Adopting a healthy diet requires a slew of lifestyle changes that are arguably more difficult than the actual dieting. Rather than cutting up a block of cheese, pairing it with crackers, and calling it lunch, eating healthy requires regular grocery shopping, meal planning, and hours of cooking per week.
Take Whole30, for example. "The program involves 30 days of cutting out a bunch of foods deemed to be hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, and inflammatory" explains Women's Health. For that reason, "Whole30 recipes have a reputation for requiring a whole lot of cooking." But as registered dietitian Jessica Beacom proves on her recipe blog, The Real Food Dietitians, simple Whole30-approved recipes do exist.
Check out her favorite healthy, low-maintenance recipes below.
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde
"We love this recipe because it has just five ingredients and takes just five minutes to prep. The slow cooker does the rest!" Beacom told the magazine. Made with just boneless, skinless chicken breast, salsa verde, green chilies, ground cumin, and cauliflower rice, this is the perfect recipe to prepare on Sunday and store in the fridge for the week to come. See the full recipe.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Sweet Potato Bake
If you despise cooking, this chicken bacon ranch sweet potato bake recipe has your name on it. "With only seven ingredients and one pan, this recipe is a shortcut for people who can't stand cooking," says Beacom. Simply line a sheet pan with parchment paper, assemble the dish according to the instructions, bake for 20 to 25 minutes, and drizzle with a Whole30-approved ranch dressing like Tessemae's version. See the full recipe.
Tuna Salad Cucumber Bites
"This healthy, satisfying recipe is ready in 10 minutes or less—no cooking involved," explains Beacom. Simply make the tuna slaw in a bowl, layer the mixture on thick cucumber slices, and garnish with fresh basil and chopped cashews. See the full recipe.