Did you know adding some delicious healthy meals to your meal plan can improve your memory and even reduce your chance of cancer? These are just some of the many benefits that come from eating real, flavorful, natural food.
However, once you read about our 8 favorite healthy food dishes, you might not need much incentive to give them a try! Read on to learn more about what’s for dinner.
The Benefits of Clean Eating
There’s more to clean eating than simply shedding a few pounds. By simply paying attention to what you eat, and choosing a more whole foods based diet you can increase your energy, balance out hormones, and even enhance your mood.
The good news is you don’t have to drastically change your diet. Start by reducing certain food types like processed foods, foods high in sugar, caffeine and red meat. By simply reducing your intake of these food items, and taking the time to learn more about what you should be eating, you’ll see amazing results in no time.
What Should Go Into Your Healthy Meals
You don’t need a complex eating plan to start eating delicious healthy meals. Just try and make sure some important elements are on your plate each time you sit down to eat.
Aim for lean proteins such as chicken, turkey or fish. Remember, a typical protein serving is about the size of the palm of your hand. Incorporate 2-3 tablespoons of healthy fats (such as olive oil, avocado or ghee) into each meal as well. Finally, load up on the veggies! Vegetables should take up the most space on your plate. Try to incorporate a large variety of vegetable types into your meal plan each week.
8 Delicious Healthy Meals to Try
If you are feeling like healthy eating means sacrificing flavor, you’re in for a treat! There are so many recipes and food combinations that can help you truly enjoy eating clean. Read on for eight of our favorite healthy meal ideas!
1. Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Liven up your sweet potatoes by adding in some bold Mexican flavor. Just bake your sweet potato in the oven (like a normal baked potato) and once it’s ready, spoon its filling into a bowl.
Next, just add some black beans, bell pepper, green onions, and even avocado to the bowl! This is where you can have fun and get creative. Mix your ingredients, spoon back into your sweet potato and enjoy!
2. Eggplant Lasagna
Who doesn’t love lasagna? Unfortunately, pasta rarely makes it onto the “healthy eating” list. You can still enjoy this classic Italian comfort food by simply substituting the noodles with sliced eggplant.
Simply thinly slice your eggplant vertically, add salt and allow it to rest for about 15-20 minutes. The salt will pull any extra moisture from the eggplant. Drizzle on some olive oil and cook until the eggplant is soft and pliable, like noodles. Follow the rest of your recipe, as usual, using the eggplant in place of the noodles for this low carb alternative.
3. Coconut Lime Quinoa with Shrimp
Looking for some tropical flavor? This recipe couldn’t be any easier but can impress even the pickiest eaters. Dice some green onions and sautee them with shrimp in a bit of ghee. Once the shrimp starts turning pink, pour in about 1/2 cup-1 cup of quinoa and mix.
Now, instead of adding water (like you would with normal quinoa), pour in enough coconut milk to cover the quinoa mix by about an inch and cover. Once the liquid has been absorbed by the quinoa, remove it from the heat, and add in a bit of lime juice and sea salt.
You’ll have creamy, flavorful quinoa that can substitute your favorite shrimp pasta dish any night!
4. Roasted Salmon with Cauliflower Mash
Salmon is one ingredient that’s so delicious you barely have to do anything to it. However, it always helps to season it with a bit of lemon zest, sea salt, and dill before baking.
You can pair this fish with an equally delicious cauliflower mash. Simply boil cauliflower heads in water until they become soft enough to easily pierce with a fork. Drain the cauliflower and return to the pot. Add in a bit of garlic powder, onion powder, vegetable (or chicken) stock, and a splash of almond milk. Use a hand mixer to puree the cauliflower mash until it’s the consistency of traditional mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
5. Salmon Roulades
Another easy and creative salmon dish is salmon roulades. This dish is impressive enough to serve to guests, and also freezes well, so you can enjoy them anytime.
You will want to start by making your filling. In a food processor blend together olive oil, garlic, dill, and basil until it’s the consistency of a paste. Then spread the garlic and herb mix onto a very thinly sliced (about 1 inch thick) salmon filet. Roll the salmon in the same way you would roll a sushi roll, and wrap it in foil. You’ll then add the salmon to the freezer.
From here, you have some choices. If you’re planning on serving the roulades for dinner, leave the salmon in the freezer for at least 4 hours before removing it and cutting it into small sushi-sized pieces. You’ll then be able to fry or bake the roulades, but remember to keep the foil on.
You can also choose to slice the roulades after 4 hours, return them to a freezer safe bag, and save them to eat later on.
6. Chipotle Baked Eggs
If you’re looking for something fast and delicious with minimal prep needed, chipotle baked eggs are a great choice. Simply drain some canned black beans and mix them with your favorite vegetables and a couple of chipotle chilis. Add the bean and vegetable mix to an oven safe dish, spreading the mix out evenly and bake.
Once the vegetables begin to soften, remove the dish from the oven and top the dish with 2 (or more) fresh eggs. Return the dish to the oven. Once the eggs look sunny side up (or the way you like your eggs cooked) remove the dish and enjoy.
7. Coconut Cauliflower Tacos
Who doesn’t love tacos? You may be surprised to find that tacos are incredibly easy to incorporate into a healthy eating plan. In fact, two 6-inch corn tortillas have the same amount of carbs and calories as half a cup of quinoa!
Try making your own coconut cauliflower tacos by simply baking some cauliflower heads until tender. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool. Once cooled, simply dip the cauliflower bites into an egg wash before rolling them in an easy mix of coconut flakes and panko. Return the cauliflower back into the oven.
You can then add your coconut cauliflower bites into a taco, and throw on your favorite toppings.
8. Marinated Grilled Vegetables
Grilling is an easy, flavorful and healthy way to prepare a meal. Next time you plan on grilling, marinate your favorite vegetables in a bit of olive oil, lime juice, and soy sauce before throwing them on the grill.
These grilled veggies can easily be paired with meat or serve solo with a side of hummus.
Giving Your Body the Very Best
Preparing delicious healthy meals is just one of the many ways you can care for the body that cares for you.
If you’re looking for more ways to show your body some love browse our online magazine for some more healthy lifestyle tips.