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    25 Cheat Sheets That Make Cooking Healthier Less Of A Freaking Chore

    Proof that cooking a little healthier can be pretty simple and damn tasty.

    1. For DIY sauces that make veggies and lean protein taste delicious.

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    *drinks sauce straight from pot*

    2. For a super-simple dinner recipe that you can mix and match a ton of ways.

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    Choose the protein, choose the veggies, add potatoes if you want, and go to town.

    3. For when you're tired of hoping your eggs turn out the way you wanted them to.

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    Make them perfect every time.

    4. For endless meal ideas with a healthy combination of protein, vegetables, carbs, and fat.

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    Improvising in the kitchen can be fun, but you kinda never know what you're going to end up with flavor-wise. Follow these tips for legit tasty meals.

    5. For when you want a not-too-labor-intensive way to make your chicken taste really good.

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    Please pass the coconut milk.

    6. For when you really are going to start packing your lunch this time.

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    Throw it together, pack it up, voilà.

    7. For understanding how to choose which oil would actually work best for that thing you want to make.

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    Turns out you're not supposed to use olive oil for everything ever. Who knew? If you want a bit more information on why/how to use olive oil properly, read this.

    8. For when meal prep sounds like a great idea but you don't even know where to start.

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    It's a lot more doable with a little hand-holding.

    9. For when you're ready to jump into the word of pasta alternatives and need a super simple way to get started.

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    Butter or oil plus garlic, salt, pepper, and your favorite seasonings — honestly, what's not to like?

    10. For when you want to eat more whole grains...but are also like, "LOL what are whole grains?"

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    You can read more about why it's a great idea to maybe replace some of the refined carbs in your life with whole grains here.

    11. For some really helpful info about how carbs, protein, and fats actually affect your body.

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    You can read more about carbs here, more on fats here, and more on protein here.

    12. For making oatmeal that you'll actually want to eat.

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    Awesome options for sweet, savory, and even how to turn oatmeal into something something more dessert-y.

    13. For when you want to give healthier baking a try.

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    Keep all of the handy substitutions in one place! And if you're into it, check out some healthier dessert recipes here.

    14. For figuring out how to fill up your plate for better portion control.

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    Half veggies, one-quarter protein, one-quarter grains = the magic formula.

    15. For when you want to start cooking more fish, but you don't really understand how you'd go about that.

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    Fish is a great source of protein, and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and trout are also awesome sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which are essential and which Americans tend to not get enough of.

    16. For making your own veggie-filled and way less salty alternative to canned soup.

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    You can learn more about sodium and why Americans should probably try to pay more attention to how much of it we're eating here.

    17. For when you want to break up with sugar-packed store-bought granola and make your own.

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    Your kitchen smelling like warm, sweet goodness is just a bonus. Read more on added sugar and how to eat a bit less of it here.

    18. For making Brussels sprouts that taste legit heavenly.

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    Brussels sprouts have a mixed rap — but if you do it right, they can be amazing.

    19. And ditto for cauliflower:

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    PSA: Pureed cauliflower with whole milk and butter is a delightful lower-carb alternative to mashed potatoes.

    20. For grilling veggies like a boss. / Via

    Grilled corn forever!

    21. For when you want a simple (yet kinda impressive) brunch recipe. / Via

    But actually, who are we kidding: Frittatas are great for dinner, too.

    22. For when you're done with accidentally raw or dry AF meat. / Via

    Turns out it actually is more science than art once you learn about it.

    23. For when you want your groceries to stay in tip-top shape till you're ready to use them.

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    Who knew that having an actual system could make such a difference?

    24. For making a veggie-filled breakfast that actually tastes good.

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    It's a great way to get a bunch of servings of vegetables first thing in the morning.

    25. And, finally, for when you're ready to commit to this cooking-at-home thing and want to outfit your kitchen with all the essentials.

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    Everything you need in handy checklist form.