Some men love to cook. Some don't. But no matter where you fall on that spectrum, you have to eat. And while takeout and ordering in are always options, there are times when even that seems like too much bother-and all you want to do is throw something together. You know-one or two of those superquick, supereasy meals you've been living on for years. The thing you cook when nothing else will hit the spot. The only catch? Many of the most basic recipes in a guy's cooking repertoire - classic comfort foods like mac and cheese and sloppy joes - leave a lot to be desired nutritionally. They're usually high in calories, loaded with fat, and without a shred of fiber or vegetables. But they don't have to be. With a few simple tweaks and substitutions, and the addition of a few healthy ingredients, all your classic mealtime standbys can be converted into great - tasting grub - food you can enjoy without sacrificing your abs.
Make it better: Switch from white bread to whole-wheat for a boost of as much as 2 grams of fiber per slice. And instead of peanut butter, try one of its cousins. Cashew and almond butter taste just as good in a sandwich and have significantly more fiber and vitamin E. Finally, in place of sugar-laden jelly, add a layer of fresh fruit. Slices of banana or strawberries are lower in calories and significantly higher in metabolism-boosting, disease-fighting nutrients than plain old jelly.
Make it better: Although you don't have to lose them all, try ditching at least a couple of the yolks from whatever you're scrambling up. One egg yolk contains 55 calories and 5 grams of fat, while an egg white has just 17 calories and zero grams of fat. (Egg substitutes like Egg Beaters make going yolk-free even easier.) Next, instead of melting butter in the pan, invest in a good nonstick skillet and coat it with cooking spray. Your eggs won't cling to the bottom, and for every tablespoon of butter you avoid using, you save yourself about 100 calories and 12 grams of fat. To make your omelet even leaner, fill it with a handful of low-fat shredded cheese and whatever veggies you have on hand. (Try stashing a bag of spinach or broccoli in your freezer specifically for omelet-making. You can pull out a handful, defrost it, and toss it into your eggs for instant omelet filling.)