Guys can be pretty picky when it comes to food and eating healthy. I know that living with my partner Sam (pictured above) for the past five years, dinner time can be difficult. For the most part, he is open to trying lots of new things, but there are definitely things that he does not like and I hear about them, cue *eye roll* here. Examples include: lentils(!), chickpeas(!), sun dried tomatoes(?), anything identified as gluten free (yeah, for real), “fake pizza” (one made with cauliflower/almond flour/gluten free) and quinoa. What does he like you ask? Steak, pasta (all day, every day- who doesn’t?), all seafood, kale salads (yup!), chicken marsala, lamb, potatoes, chocolate (or any sweet really) and cheese. So what’s a holistic nutritionist to do? Well, you have got to get a little creative that’s all. So I included some tips on how to get your boyfriend eating healthier , plus my all-time fave healthy recipes that are completely boyfriend approved.
Alright, here is what I have found to be true and although every situation is different, this seems to work for me. Be sure to download my FREE recipe guide too, details at the end of this post!
How to Get Your Boyfriend Eating Healthier: Five Tips!
Tip #1- Keep it simple: Sometimes, I try to do too much to a dish and it can become overbearing. Too many flavours or textures can throw him off, so now I try to keep it simple. For example, yes, Sam likes kale salads now, but he actually prefers them when they are dressed super simple rather than a complicated dressing. My most common go-to recipe is included in the PDF (see bottom of this post) and only contains four ingredients for the dressing, plus sea salt and pepper. I mean really this tip can go for anything or anyone, but I do find that when I keep things simple, they are better received.
Tip#2- Give them what they want (sort of): So they want steak and potatoes for dinner, sure, no problem. I actually do like steak and potatoes every once and a while, but I don’t do it more than maybe once a month or less. However, I make it my way, which means, grass-fed steak and baked potatoes with ghee and garlic. You can always healthify a meal, just use better ingredients. Not only is this better for both of you, but it also tastes better too. When I cook steak, I use my cast iron pan and sear it on med-high for about 2 minutes per side, then it goes in the oven for a few minutes on high. I will use a bit of ghee and herbs (parsley, rosemary or thyme) with the steak as well. This is what gives the steak flavour without needing to use any steak spice or sauce. I only use sea salt and pepper on my steak, that’s it and that is all a good steak needs. As for the potatoes, go for sweet potato (make a savoury mash) with herbs and ghee or make baked potatoes. My favourite way to roast them is by using this method. I’ll finish off the meal with a good salad, like kale or anything else (recipe in the FREE guide below).
You can always healthify a meal, just use better ingredients.
Tip #3- Slip in the good stuff: Ok, so maybe this one is a little sneaky, but sometimes (especially if you have a super picky person) it is essential. Alright, so if you have a guy that doesn’t really like to eat veggies or salads (the horror!), you can try slipping them in a smoothie. Often times, I slip in all kinds of weird things in my smoothies and mask them with a chocolate flavour (like a protein powder) and raw cacao powder. Boom, boyfriend has no idea! He thinks he is having a chocolate shake, but really, there is tons of spinach, avocado and/or cauliflower in there. If he is ok with green smoothies, then you are in luck. Slip in some other good ingredients like spirulina or other supplements that he otherwise wouldn’t take. I for one know more than Sam about nutrition, yet he still doesn’t believe me that he needs to take certain things. So, rather than arguing, I’ll just slip in some goodness and he has no clue.
Tip #4- Lead by Example: I think one of the best ways to get anyone wanting to make changes is when you lead by example. When I first started eating healthier years ago, I made the mistake of trying to force my views on Sam, it didn’t work. What did work was when I let go and embraced a healthier lifestyle and he saw firsthand the positive impact this had on me. I had more energy and felt better than ever. I swapped out skipping breakfast (or a bagel) for a green smoothie and got him on the smoothie train too. He now loves kale chips, smoothies and salads when before he probably never would have tried them. Whatever you do, don’t force anything, instead just lead by example and show people how making these changes has affected you positively. This will work so much better, trust me!
Tip #5- Have a well stocked kitchen: We both came from homes that had a pretty legit snack cabinet/drawer/pantry. So it was all too easy to binge or indulge in ALL.THE.THINGS at any given moment. While, I don’t think it is a problem to have a treat every now and then, it can get out of hand when you have too much of it and not enough healthy options. So instead, we choose to not have a bunch of junk food in the house. We choose healthier whole food options. So rather than having a bunch of convenience foods (which aren’t cheap either), we have whole, real food that make great snacks. Items like veggies, fruits, whole grain crackers, nuts and seeds and granola all make great options. Ok, so what are my go-to meals that are totally boyfriend approved? I gotchu covered with faves from the blog plus more that are not on my site.
Healthy recipes for men:
If you are looking for recipes that are tried and tested and completely man approved, then download my FREE PDF so you can get some inspo.
Remember, it is best to go slow when introducing any healthier options into your life and the same goes for your significant other too.
What are some of your tips to get the people you love eating a little healthier?