Healthy (and Simple!) Recipes

Eating healthy is not the same as going on a diet. It’s actually a lifestyle, and it’s impacted by the choices you make every day. Whole milk or 2%? Fried chicken wings dipped in ranch, or a grilled chicken salad with lite ranch dressing? While it’s absolutely ok to treat yourself to special snacks and meals occasionally, it’s important that the majority of your nutrition is healthy and fueling your body. Especially during your teen years, where you’re super active and going through a lot of growth.

Our teen ambassadors from our Navigating Teen Life YouTube channel did a special video segment with Jessica Lewis, Executive Chef at Spirits & Tales at the Oaklander Hotel, and a participant on Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay. She came up with three simple, delicious and filling recipes that you can easily whip up in your own kitchen to stay on that healthy track!

Chef Jessica specifically selected “shaker” recipes – a concept where all ingredients are combined into a mason jar, then shaken and eaten! These recipes are particularly great for teens and your busy lifestyle, as the shakers are essentially a grab-and-go option. Not to mention, using a glass mason jar is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic containers and bags.

Check out the recipes below, all of which can be customized to your personal preferences or dietary needs! And make sure to view the video on our NTL YouTube channel!

Grilled Chicken Curry Salad Shaker

6 oz grilled chicken – cook on your own or purchase pre-cooked!
½ avocado, diced
1 small tomato, diced
¼ c red onion, fine chopped
2 cups basmati rice, cooked
2 Tbsp Sesame seed
4 ounces curry sauce
(you can replace the tomato and red onion with1/4 cup salsa)

Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad Shaker

2 c green lentils, cooked
½ c chickpea
1 cup or 1 medium sweet potato, diced
1 cup spinach
¼ c red onion, diced
¼ c olive oil
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Roasted Potato Bacon Salad Shaker

2 cup roasted potato, cut into a dice
½ apple, diced
¼ c Bacon, chopped
¼ c parmesan
¼ c Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette