So… How’s the New Year’s diet going? Over the Christmas period so many of us stuff ourselves silly with anything and everything we can find always coming back to the justification, ‘I’ll definitely try some healthy recipes better in the New Year…’ And then January 1st rolls around to the horror and rumbling stomachs of many.
While trying to be healthier in the new year might be a horrible cliché that many believe is an endeavour doomed to fail, there’s never a bad time to try! You don’t have to start going for 10 mile jogs every morning or cut out all carbs entirely! A healthy lifestyle is all about balance and just making a few simple changes to the foods you eat can make a world of difference to several different aspects of your health.
You’ve probably already read 1001 different health tips and healthy recipes but why not take a look at some of our favourites as well? You might see something you really like!
Smoothie to Start
We’ve mentioned on this blog before that one gadget that will become an instant favourite in your kitchen is a blender, or even better a Vitamix! With one of those, you can whip yourself up something smooth in no time!
One staple of any health kick is a smoothie, but there’s a good reason why. They’re simple to make and you can pack almost all of your daily fruit and veg in one healthy recipe! Plus it’s always fun to experiment with different flavours to find the perfect recipe for you.
If you’re looking for noticeable benefits, it all depends on which ingredients you use.
Pineapple and Ginger: Metabolism and digestion
If you’re looking to help boost your metabolism, then you can’t go wrong with a tasty pineapple and ginger smoothie. Fresh ginger has a tonne of health properties including keeping you awake, aiding digestion and increasing the body’s natural metabolic rate by up to 20%! It doesn’t taste to great on it’s own though so adding pineapple not only gives your drink a sweet and refreshing kick, but pineapple is also good for digestion as well as supporting your immune system and increasing bone strength thanks to it containing a high concentration of manganese.
Mango Blueberry: Energy
If you’re looking for a smoothie recipe to help you feel a bit less zombie-ish in the mornings, or are looking an alternative to coffee, then this mango-blueberry recipe is perfect to give you a nice jolt of energy when you’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up!
Over the past couple of years, blueberry has gotten a reputation as a bit of a so-called ‘super-fruit’ and we can attest to the fact that is does have some great health benefits. Besides being great for your heart and blood pressure, their natural sugars when mixed with those in the mango is what can perk you up without spiking your blood sugar! (Make sure to drink through a straw if you’re drinking these regularly to make sure you’re protecting your enamel!)
Banana Oatmeal: Weightloss
While there sadly isn’t any magic drink that will instantly make you lose ten pounds, there are some that when combines with a healthier lifestyle can help boost progress.
This Banana Oatmeal smoothie is great to help boost weight loss. The combination will help fill you up without having too many calories and are a great staple for pre-workout fuel.
Healthier Snack Options
If, like many of us, it’s hard to stop grazing throughout the day, especially if you work a long or busy job, then have you ever thought about making your own healthy recipe alternatives to enjoy throughout the day without the guilt?
One classic healthy recipe snack option is the granola bar, but there are so many to choose from! With so many different brands to choose form why not try making your own! That way you can add your own favourite ingredients to make the perfect bar!
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, why not try this Cinnamon berry granola bar! Only needed a few ingredient and being super simple to make, they’re the perfect chewy and sweet addition for breakfast, lunch or a daytime snack! Just make sure to hide them somewhere when you’re done as they will be pinched if you leave them out for too long!
Crisps are one of the easiest foods to eat too much off. You tell yourself you’re only going to have a few, and before you know it, that entire packet of Doritos is gone! Luckily, there are a tonne of healthy replacements.
Please don’t get turned off by the word kale. While on its own it might not look appetising to many, this simple crisp recipe is guaranteed to convert even the most die-hard of kale haters. (Well we can at least try).
Kale is a food that ‘health-gurus’ have been raving about for years now. 200g of kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fibre as well as vitamins A, C and K! In short: it’ll help your muscles, blood sugar, immune system, vision and bones! What more could you want from this little green wonder?
You only need three ingredients and 20 minutes to make this delicious snack. While they look quite different from your standard packet of Walkers, they’re still going to give you that satisfying crunch with only a fraction of the fat!
Go Nuts for Nuts
If there’s on thing there are a LOT of different amazing varieties of, it’s nuts. Great to snack on throughout the day and can be incorporated in countless recipes! Whether it’s sprinkling some on cereal or a salad, incorporating them in a stir-fry or blending them into flour for a gluten-free alternative.
Almonds: Full of Calcium. Great for if you can’t have dairy. High in Vitamin E (Helps your skin)
Cashews: Good source of iron, zinc and magnesium. Great if you’re a vegetarian
Macadamia nuts: High in unsaturated fats as well as a great source of fibre
Pecans: Great for your heart and also proven to lower cholesterol
Walnuts: Full of antioxidants. Rich in omega 3 so great if you aren’t a fan of oily fish
Brazil nuts: Supports the immune system and helps wounds heal faster
Pistachios: Rich in B6 which help balance hormones. Also are good for eye health as well as being full of fibre and potassium.
Why not try making your own pesto to add to a pasta sauce or soup? It also goes great with Bruschetta, potatoes and even savoury muffins!
Oatmeal Raisin cookies
Much like crisps, biscuits are another thing you can find yourself eating and entire packet of over a day if you aren’t careful. After all, what’s a cup of tea without the right biscuit??
When it comes to baked good, nothing beats home-made, plus you have the advantage of knowing exactly what’s going in them, and these oatmeal raisin cookies swap out several unhealthier ingredients without compromising on taste!
Raisins are rich in iron and have a natural sweetness, then when added to full-fibre oats, eliminate the need for added sugar. This recipe also has less saturated fat thanks to their being no butter involved.
Also we can assure you these cookies go great with afternoon tea.
Here’s a snack you can really feel guilt-less about eating. Popcorn is actually just whole-grain, and it’s composition is mostly air giving you a higher volume of snack with far less calories.
Even with their less-calorific nature, it’s always best to pop your own in a saucepan rathe than use the microwavable bag kind as they can often have high concentrations of sugar or salt.
Why no try this caramel apple popcorn? Perfect if you’re looking for something warming!
Looks like you won’t be needing to switch out your film-night snacks anytime soon!
Simple, Healthy Dinners
When it comes to dinners, many of us just can’t be bothered to do anything complicated, especially if it’s been a tough day at work. Luckily, easy doesn’t have to mean bad for you, with their being a tonne of easy-to-prepare, low-calorie meals that you and even your whole family can enjoy.
Tomato, spinach and prawn pasta
How about something delicious, filling, low-calorie and that has a bit of a kick to it? This shrimp pasta recipe has everything you’re looking for and more, plus has the added benefit of being ready in just thirty minutes! With only a few ingredients needed and minimal prep, you can cook something to impress anyone, that’s good on both the eyes and taste buds!
If you’re willing to sacrifice the smell of your breath for a truly tasty experience, then you should definitely check out this garlic chicken and potatoes recipe for a great family meal idea. This one you can bake in one pan and also only relies on a few simple ingredients to get you a tasty and succulent chicken dinner ready in under an hour.
The genius of this recipe is its simplicity, only relying on a simple seasoning of salt, pepper, Cayenne powder and garlic powder, but that’s all it needs to burst with flavour without any unnecessary sauces that can be high in sugar.
Salmon baked in Foil
It’s always good to incorporate a healthy amount of fish in your diet, especially fish like salmon which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well as a great source of protein. This foil baked recipe is a great way to cook with out frying without drying out the fish. When served with fresh greens it makes a meal that’s pretty balanced all around as well as delicious.
Smoky Beans on Toast
To the intrigue and sometimes horror to the rest of the world, we are a nation obsessed with baked beans, consuming almost 2 million cans per day! While we love it, and they are a good source of protein and fibre, they do unfortunately often have high levels of salt and sugar. If you aren’t ready to cut out these beloved beans so soon, then why not try making your own version of them with this healthy recipe?
This homemade beans on toast recipe is simple to do, and contains a whopping four of your five a day! While it doesn’t look exactly the same as your standard plate of beans on toast, it’s definitely just as satisfying!
Chicken Satay Salad
You don’t have to see the word ‘salad’ and immediately stop reading. A salad is like sandwich, in that there are almost infinite combinations of food that can go into making one so they really can be as tasty as you can imagine. If you’re looking for a healthy recipe with a good bit of protein and a great punch of flavour, then try out this chicken satay salad recipe. Perfect for anyone who loves the taste of Chinese, but looking to avoid all the salt and calories that can come from ordering one.
Spicy chicken and avocado wraps
Any vegan in your life has probably raved about the wonder that is avocado in healthy recipes, but don’t let that put you off if you’ve never cooked with it before! It can compliment a wide range of other ingredients and are a great source of potassium as well! This spicy chicken and avocado wrap recipe take less than 15 minutes to prepare and is a great way to beat lunchtime boredom or perk up your energy levels during the day!
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