It's supposed to help you live longer and keep you healthier overall. Has anyone done it? I've heard a lot about it in CrossFit and Paleo communities and I recently watched a BBC documentary about a middle age man who improved his healthy by doing 5 days normal/2 days fasting. It seems like it's on the brink of research still though.
For eating out, the This/Not That books are good. Hungry Girl (http://www.hungry-girl.com/) has lots of easy recipes and eating out tips. You can make easy meal combinations though with a few tools.
For a healthy carb:
* Cook brown rice or Quinoa in a rice cooker
* Cook whole wheat couscous on the stove (~5 minutes)
* Cook a sweet potato all day the slow cooker
* Buy pre-cooked plain brown rice and heat in microwave
For a healthy vegetable
* Steam vegetables in a rice cooker or microwave
* Buy frozen vegetables and microwave
* Buy pre-washed lettuce/salad mixes and toss with vinegar and/or oil
For a healthy protein
* Cook lean cuts of pork, chicken, or beef in the slow cooker
** You can also do variety like turkey meat balls
* Heat black beans for a few minutes fin a sauce pan.
* Cook hard boiled eggs (can be cooked ahead for a few days)
* Drink vanilla protein powder mixed with ice for a "milk" shake
Combine the above with sauces/spices for more combinations
* Add salsa or cilantro, chili and lime for Mexican flavor
* Add hot chili sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger for East Asian flavor
* Add tomato marinara, basil, oregano, lemon for italian flavor
* Add curry powder, cumin, tumeric for an Indian flavor
* Use Mrs. Dash spices for a combination that already tastes well together
There are also a lot more healthy frozen options out there than there used to be, like the Amy's (http://www.amys.com/) line. I also like Dr. McDougall's soup cups (http://www.rightfoods.com/).
You can bake sweet potatoes (just wrap in foil like you would in the oven). You can also roast squash (like Acorn squash). It's great for roasting lean cuts of chicken and pork. For a healthy roast, you can add in carrots and onions with spices like tumeric and cumin. You can also cook beans and lentils. Veggies are okay too, but they can get a bit mushy. You can get more creative, and cook things you might normally cook in the oven, like stuffed bell peppers. Soups and stews are nice in the winter, and can cook all day. The other thing about is you can add things like apples, carrots, onions, celery in bigger chunks to add flavor during cooking, and then pull them out before serving.
The "Fix it and Forget it" series has lots of recipes and variety, although a lot of them would have to be adapted to be called healthy.
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