While I used to scour blogs and Pinterest for recipes, I now find most of my favorite easy, satisfying, and healthy recipes on TikTok. It all started in 2020 with the discovery of whipped coffee. Now, I have saved albums of screenshots and bookmarked TikToks dedicated to food hacks, meal prep, five-ingredient recipes, and salads you never thought could taste so good. These recipes have been crucial in helping me heal gut and feel my best. As someone who lives a busy life and prioritizes health first and foremost, I want recipes that are easy and simple, but packed with nutrients that make my body feel amazing–and TikTok does not disappoint. Read on for 10 viral TikTok recipes I make on repeat that are as easy as they are good for you.
1. Chia Seed Water
I could rave about the benefits of chia seeds all day, so it’s no surprise this recipe made the list of recipes that have changed my life. Chia seed water–otherwise known as the “internal shower” due to its ability to “clean out” your digestive system–combines six ounces of water, two tablespoons of chia seeds, and a squeeze of lemon. It rose to viral TikTok fame for its help with digestive issues, and I can speak from personal experience when I say it works miracles. Chia seeds are a superfood filled with antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Combining them with water and lemon helps make the gut-healing drink. After trying it multiple times, I’ve noticed a difference, but I advise you to start with a smaller portion and ease your way up to avoid diarrhea or bloating due to the fiber.
2. Green Goddess Salad
Baked By Melissa has made the world fall in love with her green goddess salad, and I totally get why. The base contains finely chopped cabbage, cucumbers, chives, and green onion (the fine chop is key to the taste and texture of the salad, BTW). The dressing combines lemon, olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, shallots, chives, walnuts, spinach, basil, nutritional yeast, and salt. It’s easy to make and so delicious. Eat it plain, on toast, with a protein, or (as she recommends) eat it like a salsa by scooping it up with chips.
3. Salmon Rice Bowl
While I mostly eat a plant-based diet the majority of the time, I make salmon once a week to get in some protein, omega-3s, and other nutrients that are more difficult to get from a plant-based diet like vitamin b12. But like all food, if we routinely cook it the same way, salmon can get a little boring. Enter: Emily Mariko’s salmon rice bowl. All you need is salmon, rice, avocado, seaweed, soy sauce, sriracha, kimchi, and mayonnaise. Heat up your salmon and rice, add soy sauce, sriracha, and mayo, and mix it all together. Top it off with sliced avocado, seaweed, and kimchi. You can then fold the seaweed around the other ingredients, and enjoy!
4. Chinese Cucumber Salad
If you’re looking for an easy side to any meal, look no further than the Chinese cucumber salad. This salad is made by slicing a cucumber or cutting it into spirals (tastes the same either way) and then pouring the dressing on top. Combine chopped garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar for the dressing. I’m not ashamed to admit I eat this one on repeat–like daily.
5. Nature’s Cereal
Finding healthy snacks I love is often a struggle, but nature’s cereal does the trick. Made by adding fresh fruit to ice and coconut water, it’s so refreshing and feels a little more luxurious than just a regular bowl of fruit. Just don’t think of it as an actual alternative to Cheerios as the name implies: think of it instead as an updated way to eat your fruit. I usually stick to berries, peaches, or nectarines, and If I want a heartier snack, I’ll add granola or substitute coconut water for coconut milk.
6. The Jennifer Aniston Salad
I’m always on the hunt for a new salad recipe, and when The Jennifer Aniston Salad went viral, I knew I had to try it. I believe all great salads have a little bit of everything, and this one certainly checks all the boxes. The base is bulgur or quinoa with cucumbers, chickpeas, red onion, parsley, mint, feta, and pistachios. You simply chop up all the ingredients and add them to a large bowl. For the dressing, combine the juice of two lemons with ¼ cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. It’s very filling, and you can easily substitute ingredients to cater to your dietary restrictions or taste preferences.
7. Baked Feta Pasta
When it’s the middle of the week and I don’t have much time to cook, this baked feta pasta recipe comes to the rescue. It contains cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, pasta, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. It’s the time-saving recipe you didn’t know you needed. To start, bake the feta, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. While that’s baking, boil the pasta and save ¼ cup of the pasta water to add in after. Once everything is ready, mix it together for the perfect easy dish. I like to use chickpea pasta since it’s higher in protein, fiber, and other nutrients, but you can also substitute zoodles, kelp noodles, or your favorite comfort pasta (because that’s good for you too!).
@feelgoodfoodie Baked feta pasta with cherry tomatoes!! Recipe on blog • Inspired by @grilledcheesesocial #tiktokpartner #LearnOnTikTok #fetapasta #recipes ♬ original sound – Feel Good Foodie
8. Ginger Shot
Taking a ginger shot seems to be all over #wellnesstok right now, and as a juice fan, I was all too eager to hop on this trend. The best part is you don’t even need to own a juicer to make it. All you need is a blender, ginger, coconut water, and a strainer. Start by cutting up the ginger and blending it with coconut water. Then strain out the juice to collect any pulp. Ginger is beneficial for your gut, loaded with antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties, and taking this shot first thing in the morning has been a game-changer for my digestion.
9. Pesto Eggs
TikTok recipes seem to revolve around taking the basics and elevating the taste, which is precisely what the pesto eggs trend does. Start by putting some pesto into a frying pan, and once it begins to sizzle, crack an egg on top. Add some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes while the egg cooks. Then, toast your bread and spread it with goat cheese. Once the egg is done, place it on top of the toast. Brunching at home never tasted so good.
10. Bell Pepper Sandwich
If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would probably be a sandwich. But consistently eating bread has never sat well with my stomach. The difference between this sandwich and all others is that bell peppers are used in place of bread. The recipe calls for cream cheese, mustard, Everything But The Bagel seasoning, deli turkey, bacon, cheese, avocado, and cucumber. Still, I usually opt for whatever ingredients are in my fridge that day to make a bell pepper sandwich. Just don’t think about it as an authentic sandwich (it’s not going to taste the same!)–and if bread sits well with you, don’t think you have to replace it with bell peppers. Instead, think of it as a delicious, easy, plant-filled meal when you’re bored of salads or soups.