Healthy Meal Plan for April 10, 2023

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You asked, we answered! Hundreds of Start TODAY members told us they wanted more healthy, balanced meal ideas to help them reach their health goals. This dietitian-designed meal plan gives you the flexibility to ease into spring and summer — all while learning the building blocks of healthy eating.

Spring has sprung so we’re lightening up and doubling down on seafood options since the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of non-fried fish per week to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. While red meat should be eaten less often than other types of meat, you don’t have to eliminate it if you like it. When eating red meat, choose a lean cut and trim it of any visible fat. And instead of making meat the featured ingredient, include it with plant-based foods. The steak salad on this week’s dinner menu is an excellent example of this strategy.

What to Eat This Week, April 10

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  • Breakfast: Smoked Salmon Stack
  • Lunch: Poke Bowl
  • Dinner: Dylan’s Green Noodles
  • Snack of choice


  • Breakfast: Avocado Toast With Grapefruit and Pomegranate
  • Lunch: Pizza Toast
  • Dinner: Sheet-Pan Fish With Green Beans and Tomatoes
  • Snack of choice


  • Breakfast: Smoked Salmon Stack
  • Lunch: Carrot Ginger Soup
  • Dinner: Lavash Pizza With Rotisserie Chicken
  • Snack of choice


  • Breakfast: Avocado Toast With Grapefruit and Pomegranate
  • Lunch: Pizza Toast
  • Dinner: Lucky Greens Steak Salad
  • Snack of choice


  • Breakfast: Yogurt With Fruit and Nuts
  • Lunch: Carrot Ginger Soup
  • Dinner: Chicken With Arugula, Potatoes and Garlic Yogurt
  • Snack of choice

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This week’s rotation includes two top heart-healthy ingredients: avocados and salmon. Salmon is a fantastic source of heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids, and smoked salmon is a convenient way to consume fish. Additionally, a large study found that higher avocado intake is associated with a 21% lower risk of coronary heart disease and a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease in general. So, go ahead and eat these meals on repeat.

Avocado Toast With Grapefruit and Pomegranate Seeds

Andrea Lynn

Make it with whole grain toast and serve with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese on the side.

Smoked Salmon Stack

Top a whole grain English muffin or slice of toast with plain Greek yogurt, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and smoked salmon. Sprinkle with bagel seasoning if you’d like.

Yogurt with Fruit and Nuts or Seeds

Choose plain or lower-sugar Greek yogurt with one piece or one cup of fruit and up to ¼ cup of nuts or seeds.

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This week’s lunch menu shows you can put together heart-healthy meals in minutes. While packaged soup can be a convenient way to get your veggies sometimes, it can be high in sodium and may not be appropriate for people on a sodium-restricted diet.

Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl

Top ½ to 1 cup cooked brown rice with ½ cucumber and ⅓ avocado, diced, 1 piece roasted seaweed, crumbled, 2 ounces smoked salmon and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Drizzle with reduced-sodium soy sauce to taste.

Pizza Toast

Top each half of a toasted whole grain English muffin with pesto, warm, lower-sugar marinara sauce, tomato slices, and cottage cheese. Serve with snap peas on the side.

Carrot Ginger Soup (boxed or canned)

Heat soup according to package directions and top with toasted pumpkin seeds and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Need a recipe? Try this one:

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Courtesy Ed Harris


This week’s rotation includes heart-healthy spins on pasta, pizza, and steak. If you want to streamline meal prep, choose the recipes that catch your eye and double (or triple) them to serve later in the week. You can also serve leftovers for lunch.

Dylan's Green Noodles

Natalie Redington / TODAY

This spin on pesto uses baby spinach instead of basil. We recommend using chickpea pasta so you’ll get enough protein to make it a balanced meal. Fix yourself a side salad for an easy veggie boost.

Sheet-Pan Fish with Tomatoes and Green Beans

Yasmin Fahr

This sheet-pan dish is as easy to make as it is to clean up. Most markets sell pre-washed and prepped green beans if you want to simplify it further. Serve it with roasted new potatoes, which you can cook on a separate sheet pan.

Lavash Thin Crust Salad Pizza

Zach Pagano / TODAY

Made with store-bought, whole grain lavash, this pizza will be on the table faster than takeout. It’s heavy on the veggies and light on the cheese — a ratio that’s better for your heart than a typical slice. Since this meal lacks protein, serve it with rotisserie chicken or sautéed shrimp.

Lucky Greens and Steak Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

Jet Tila

Heart-healthy superstars in this steak salad include lentils, leafy greens, pear, pomegranate, and pecans. Balancing red meat with nutritious plant foods is a good way to incorporate it into a healthy menu.

Chicken with Potatoes, Arugula and Garlic Yogurt

Christopher Testani for The New York Times

Chicken and potatoes are seasoned with cumin and harissa and drizzled with a yogurt sauce in this sheet-pan dish. A sprinkling of arugula is used to add a pop of color to this dish, so we recommend making a separate side salad.


Snacks that contain whole food sources of protein and fiber offer a winning formula that keeps you full for hours. Here are a few ideas:

  • Berries with ricotta cheese
  • Trail mix made with no added sugar dried fruit, popcorn, and pumpkin seeds
  • Snap peas with avocado dip. To make the dip, mash ⅓ avocado with ¼ cup defrosted frozen peas. Add a squirt of fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Celery spread with cottage cheese
  • Baby carrots and edamame