Healthy Recipes, Suggestions, & Ideas For Healthier Meals
Healthy recipes are no different than any other recipe you have come across before. There are ingredients, there are measurements, there are specific cooking instructions, and you end up with a final product to eat. The only difference with a healthy recipe is that you will pay closer attention to the individual ingredients, as well as the
portions of food.
We can not start talking about healthy recipes without talking about breakfast. Does this sound familiar? "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". It is a saying that we have heard quite often. Please do not mistake this for a tired cliché. There are solid nutritional principles behind that expression. When we eat in the morning, it literally helps break us out of the fasting state that our body goes into when we sleep. If you are looking to be energized to start the day, breakfast is the place where it starts. If you are looking to lose weight, breakfast provides the metabolism increase needed to trigger weight loss. We would not expect a car to start if it had no gas in it. Similarly speaking, we should we expect our day to start off well if we do not fuel our body in the morning.
I know what is coming next. There is no time in the morning for breakfast. Here are a few examples of some quick and effective breakfast recipes:
1 slice of lean lunch meat, diced (roasted turkey, ham, chicken)
1 tablespoon of cheese (shredded)
1 ounce of smoked salmon (diced)
1/3 cup of fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of rinsed canned beans (black, kidney, chickpeas)
1 slice of tomato (chopped)
These egg recipes can be prepared in one of two ways. Whisking the eggs in a bowl, and then, adding them to a skillet until the eggs are firm. The other method is to whisk the eggs in a microwave safe container, and add the additional ingredients. Cook the eggs for 2 1/2 minutes or until the eggs are firm enough for your liking. Season the eggs to your tastes, with salt and pepper.
No time or desire to cook up some eggs? Let's put the blender to work, and make a smoothie.
1/4 cup of fresh or frozen peaches
1/4 cup of fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc)
1/4 cup of non-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup of orange juice
Blend until smooth and enjoy your breakfast. This is considered a simple, yet healthy recipe.
If those choices are not good for you, then a slice of whole grain toast with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, served with a small glass of orange juice can be another quick but fulfilling breakfast alternative.
Now that we have breakfast in our system, we will need to address our lunch needs. A simple healthy recipe for lunch can be like the following salad:
a grilled chicken breast (sliced); a few ounces of baby corns; 1/2 a small red onion sliced up; a handful of grape tomatoes sliced in half; 1/2 a small carrot shredded or sliced; 2 1/2 cups of mixed greens or fresh spinach leaves.
A simple dressing can be made of 3 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice mixed together with salt and pepper to taste. For an extra kick you can add some dried or fresh herbs like rosemary, oregano, or thyme.
Creamy dressings, such as ranch, are very popular when it comes to what people want to place on their salad. To add those same creamy textures to your dressing, just mix in a spoonful or two of plain nonfat yogurt. The yogurt adds stomach friendly pro biotic bacteria, and not the empty calories found in many store bought creamy dressings. You can substitute various flavored vinegars such as balsamic vinegar, and red wine vinegar for the lemon juice. Mustard can also be mixed into the dressing instead of the yogurt for a tangier flavor. The possibilities can only be limited by your imagination. Healthy recipes can become what you want to make them, as long as you keep the appropriate ingredients in mind.
What day would be complete without having dinner? This can be a meal that is more involved and complex if you like to cook and you have time in the evening. This can also be a simple meal that still fulfills your nutritional needs, but does not keep you in the kitchen any longer than you desire to be.
A simple dinner can be made from a small salmon fillet or a salmon steak (approximately 5 ounces) that is grilled or baked in the oven. The fish can be flavored with your favorite seasoning or with some fresh chopped dill, along with salt and pepper. Added to that could be some steamed asparagus (about 7 ounces) drizzled with some lemon juice for additional flavor. Then some brown rice or quinoa can accompany the fish (4 ounces). They can be prepared via the directions on the package they came in.
Not a fan of fish? No problem, substitute you favorite lean cut of meat. You don't eat meat? Then, try grilling a portabella mushroom with the same herbs or your favorite seasonings.
Not to be lost in all of this, are the snacks that we should be eating in between our meals. Try some of these healthy snack ideas. In addition to those ideas check here for some healthy recipes for snacks. Please check back on this page for updates on more of these healthy recipes.