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tips for eating healthy
I was talking to my friend today about his frustrations with eating healthy. One of his main complaints -- making healthy food takes too long. Here in the U.S. we are all about instant gratification and fast is never fast enough. I love to cook, but frankly, sometimes you just want something that doesn't take a lot of work or time. This is why fast food, Hot Pockets, frozen burritos or other fast and fatty food are so popular. So I thought I would share two of my favorite appliances that help me eat fast and healthy. I'm not being compensated to share these, I just love them.

First, the Breville Panini Grill. No, this isn't just for your sandwiches (though you can also make a damn good grilled cheese in about 1 minute). In the spring, summer and fall Nate and I love to grill. It's fast, healthy and delicious. But when it's the dead of winter or I'm home alone (I'll admit, the grill intimidates me) the Breville is my best friend. Just heat it up, salt and pepper the meat, and throw it on there. Six minutes later I have some super juicy grilled chicken and without any added oil. 

Next, the Magic Bullet. Now I'll admit, I wasn't convinced on this by just looking at it. I had a blender already and didn't really understand why I'd want one with individual cups rather than a large container. I'll tell you why -- it's SO CONVENIENT! The set up is fast with a small, light base, it's purees like a dream, and the clean up super easy since you're drinking from the same (dishwasher safe) container you make it in. Not too long ago my blender broke so when Christmas came around my mom came to the rescue with one of these babies. I haven't even had it for a month and I can't tell you how much I've already used it (much more than my previous blender). I always have some bags of frozen fruit on hand, so I just toss some in with the fresh fruit I have in the house and it's creamy deliciousness.  
Using these two lovely appliances, I made this dinner in literally ten minutes, which included time to take the dog out, make another side dish and take photos. Clean up took another five. And when I was done, the meal was scrumptious. These are both dinner for one, but they are easy to multiply for the whole family. I told you eating healthy can be easy!

Grilled Chicken with Tomato and Feta

Chicken breast
1 Roma tomato, sliced
fresh basil
feta (I used a about a tablespoon)
1 tablespoon vinaigrette dressing

Heat up the grill and salt and pepper chicken. Cook for 6 minutes on high or until cooked all the way through. Top with sliced tomato, fresh basil leaves, feta and your favorite vinaigrette dressing.

Calories: Approximately 180

Peach, Orange and Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 banana
1/2 orange
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 scoop Muscle Milk vanilla whey powder

Combine all ingredients in Magic Bullet, screw on cross blade attachment and blend until smooth.

Calories: Approximately 223

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