My Favorite Meal Creations!

by Taylor Smith, CHOP5 Wellness Blogger

Healthy & Balanced Eating

Do you desire to show up as the best version of yourself? I’ll let you in on a little secret: the trick to feeling, looking, and performing as your highest self is your diet. Specifically, your “life diet”, which consists of things like what you eat, read, watch, listen to, think and surround yourself with. One huge piece of the puzzle is eating a healthy and balanced diet with everything in moderation! This blog article is your food inspiration go-to as it depicts some of my favorite delicious, healthy and balanced meal ideas! #foodieheaven

My Favorite Breakfast Ideas

My Go-To in A Mug:


  • I use Quaker lower-sugar instant oatmeal packets and microwave it with almond milk (regular milk, soy milk, oat milk, etc. are great choices too!)
  • Natural peanut butter or almond butter mixed in (my favorite ones are the freshly made ones from Whole Foods and Sprouts)
  • Fruit – I usually do raspberries, blueberries, and banana (For more flavor I suggest adding coconut flakes, cacao nibs, or goji berries)
  • For extra protein, add protein powder!
  • Overnight oats are also an incredible breakfast as they are super tasty and light!


Food For Life Ezekiel bread with:

  • Smoked Salmon
  • Avocado slices
  • Poached eggs (or any style you desire)
  • Remoulade sauce

My Favorite Lunch Creations

Veggie Lovers Galore:

Breaded eggplant with:

  • Yellow tomatoes
  • Tabbouleh
  • Mozzarella
  • Spinach
  • Red tomatoes


Cauliflower rice with:

  • Fried eggs (or poached eggs) (grilled chicken and shrimp pair are great protein substitutes if you prefer)
  • Avocado slices
  • Mushrooms Or any veggie like cooked orange bell peppers and roasted sweet potatoes!


Avocado stuffed with:

  • Grape tomatoes
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

CHOP5 Salads/Bowls:

I absolutely love salads and protein bowls for lunch! Besides making my own salads, I am obsessed with CHOP5 Salad Kitchen. Here are two of my favorite meals from there:

  •  Avocado Cali Chop Salad with salmon on top – spring mix, red cabbage, Hass avocado, shredded carrots, Roma tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, strawberry balsamic vinaigrette
  • Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl – cilantro brown rice, cabbage, roasted honey chipotle chicken, steamed carrots, edamame, green onions, broccoli, sesame ginger dressing & spicy teriyaki drizzle

My Favorite Dinner Meals

Build Your Own “Protein, Veggie, Grain” Plate:

  • Salmon (or any protein of your choosing like fish, meat, or soy products)
  • Buffalo cauliflower (cooked cauliflower with buffalo sauce) (pick your favorite veggie for your plate)
  • Couscous (any grains like pasta, rice, risotto and farro works well)


Soft flour tortillas with:

  • Grilled Shrimp (I have made salmon and chicken tacos too)
  • Avocado slides
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Add cabbage for extra crunch!
  • I like to add tzatziki or remoulade sauce


Cauliflower pizza crust (I like the brand Caulipower) with:

  • Grilled shrimp (or any protein or none)
  • Pesto as the base
  • Cooked mushrooms
  • Feta cheese crumbles


Spinach and feta chicken burger with:


Thai brown rice noodles with:

  • Stir fry sauce (or any sauce!)
  • Spinach and feta chicken sausage
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Cooked mushrooms

Key Takeaways

I hope you are inspired to incorporate some of my favorite meals into your life now that you realize that eating healthy is delicious and are equipped with new ideas. The possibilities are endless once you understand that you can put a healthy spin on your classic meals! All in all, I believe that the most important thing to remember if you want to feel and look your best is that it matters what you put into your body. However, even though food is fuel, it is also critical to understand that eating “healthy” does not mean that you must restrict certain foods. Instead, eating a healthy diet entails a balanced plate, everything in moderation and treating yourself occasionally.