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Healthy recipes that are better for you, including healthy dinner recipes, healthy soups and veg-packed salads as well as low calorie meals and even healthier desserts.
Find healthy eating inspiration if you're trying to be good this month, want to lose a few pounds or just trying to get more of your recommended 5-a-day fruit and vegetables.
Eating healthily might seem like a challenge when you've got a family to feed and you're on a budget, but there are plenty of healthy meals ideas to try - and they are easy on your purse! You will find delicious healthy recipes for all the family, and they are good for you too.
If you want to make sure you stick to your healthy eating plan (this time!), here are some easy things you can do to make it a little bit easier...
Don't forget breakfast!
We know everyone always says it, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A big, filling breakfast will set you and your family up for the day and will help stop snacking later in the morning. You don't need to spend ages making it either. Make your own porridge or muesli, or you could even bake a big batch of breakfast muffins on a Sunday so you can grab one to start the day early in the week. Try sprinkling dried fruits or nuts over your breakfast for more protein, which will help keep you fuller for longer.
Plan your food
At the start of the week or month, take a little time out to plan exactly what you're going to eat. Plan your meals and what extras you're going to buy so you don't get tempted by any snacks in the supermarket. If you know exactly what you're going to eat and when, you can be sure not to let hunger take over your decisions when it comes to eating. Never shop on an empty stomach!
Pick what suits you
There are so many different diets out there, but they may not suit you or your lifetsyle. Pick and choose the elements of diets that you think you'll stick to and work them into your everyday life. Don't think you could manage the very limited 500 calorie days on the 5:2 diet? Instead, try having 2 days where you don't have meat or snacks in a week. Little changes will help.
You can have the best intentions, but if you're hungry, you're much more likely to reach for quick fix snacks - and that means chocolate, biscuits and crisps! Keeping full by eating satisfying meals, or earing little and often, will mean that you can eat only what you want to, rather than giving into cravings. Drinking lots of water, eating filling meals and snacking on fruit, veg and nuts will stop your stomach rumbling.
Get your 5-a-day
One of the easiest ways to keep track of how healthily you're eating is to keep track of how much fruits and veg you're eating. The standard 5-a-day is a good measure but you can, of course, have more. Keep a mental list of how many of your 5-a-day you are having (or even write it down) and work out how to get more into your diet. One for breakfast, one for lunch, two for dinner and one for a snack is a good way of dividing it out.
Know your food
Understanding your food and knowing how to use different ingredients will give you much more scope to create healthy meals. If you don't know how to cook, it's easy to reach for unhealthy ready made options but it's really easy to learn the basics. A homemade pasta sauce, soup or smoothie is much healthier for you and will taste better if you make it yourself. Once you know how to use vegetables in lots of different ways, it makes them much less boring - for the whole family!
Homemade not shop-bought
It can be really easy to grab ready meals and shop-bought sauces, but you can never be sure what's going into them - and nearly every time the homemade version will be much healthier for you, and taste better too! If you've never made a sauce from scratch, it can be a little bit daunting but start with a basic recipe, such as a simple tomato sauce, and you will see how much healthier it can be.
Never allowing yourself a treat will only make you crave them more. Every now and again, give in and have what you really, really fancy. As long as you are generally healthy most of the time, it really won't matter - food is meant to be enjoyed! Some people are healthy during the week, then splash out at the weekend, others have a day or two where they forget about the diet - whatever works for you. If you find yourself needing a treat pretty much every day, you can cheat and have a lower-fat cake or dessert - if you make the right one, you won't be able to tell the difference.
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A healthy jambalaya soup will certainly spice things up a little and get you excited about watching what you eat like never before. At under 300 calories per serving, this is a real treat but so light, considering it's packed full of delicious flavours and ingredients. Colourful peppers, juicy prawns and meaty sausage all come together perfectly in this amazing dish, which is not only incredibly tasty but diet-friendly too.(1 ratings)
Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain's coconut and lime oaty biscuits have no processed sugar and are sweetened entirely by natural honey and currants. They've got a fresh zesty edge to them and they make the perfect snack for when you're feeling a little peckish, but they're just as good served with a cup of afternoon tea. If you're trying to avoid sugar but have a sweet tooth, you'll be making these biscuits again and again.(1 ratings)
This classic soup recipe has been given a modern twist with sweet peas and a crunchy garnish of saffron leek rings. This is the perfect soup to make ahead and take for packed lunches or to keep in the freezer for days when you’re short on time. Delicious simple served with crusty bread and butter for dunking. This soup only takes 30 mins to cook and works out at only 134 calories per serving.(49 ratings)
Mushroom soup is a really simple soup recipe to make and can be on the table in under an hour. Look out for value packs of mushrooms to use – they don’t need to be perfect looking or all the same shape. Large open cup or brown cap mushrooms will give the best flavour, simply wipe with a damp piece of kitchen paper to remove any bits of earth before frying – there is no need to wash them. This creamy and delicious soup will take around 35 mins to prepare and cook and serves 2 people. Double or triple the quantities if you're feeding more people. Leftovers can be frozen or stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.(147 ratings)
Chinese wonton soup makes a healthy and nutritious chunky soup that's so easy to make at home using readymade wonton wrappers. Watch our video to see how easy it is to make the wontons and how the soup comes together very quickly and easily. It's much better for you than a takeaway, but has all those lovely Chinese flavours - and it's a lot cheaper too! The whole family will love this soup that's really worth making the extra effort for.
This lentil and bacon soup recipe is a delicious lunch time option. Serving 4-6 people, this mouth-watering recipe is packed full of lentils which will keep you fuller for longer and bacon which adds a great depth of flavour to the soup. A hearty, healthy soup that all the family will love - and you can keep it for up to three months frozen, too. Just reheat it when you need a quick supper! This recipe takes 1hr to slow cook this luxurious soup dish. A portion of this dish works out at only 240 calories and 10g of fat per portion.(127 ratings)
This easy and delicious chicken soup recipe is a real classic. You'll want to make it over again. This recipe is great for using up leftover chicken. This recipe serves 6-8 people and takes around 3hrs to prepare and slow cook for the best flavour. A deliciously warm pick-me-up for when you're feeling under the weather, this comforting chicken soup recipe almost makes feeling ill worthwhile! The chicken in this recipe will keep you fuller for longer thanks to the protein in the chicken, add heaps of veggies counting towards your 5-a-day and you've got one healthy option for lunch time. This soup can be frozen in portions on the day it's made and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(29 ratings)
Healthy chicken casserole for cold winter nights, made with plenty of veg and butter beans for a filling meal that's good for you too. The whole family is going to love this recipe, which is packed with nutrients but also something to look forward to. Serve on its own or with crusty bread.(70 ratings)
Crispy avocado wedges are a new, healthy and interesting option for putting in a fajita wrap! Switch up chicken or beef for these baked crispy avocado wedges, which you can serve up with green leaves, salsa and condiments. Add a little more hot sauce at the end if you like it hot, or leave it out if you prefer to keep things mild. This is a whole new take on fajitas, and you're going to love it.(3 ratings)
This turkey mince cottage pie recipe is great if you're on a diet or watching your figure. A light carrot and mash topping with rich tomato filling. Calorie counting doesn't have to mean cutting back on taste. This turkey mince cottage pie is only 307 calories and is so easy to make. Along with 2.5g of fat per portion, this lower-fat cottage pie is the ideal choice for dinner if you're watching your figure. A rich tomato sauce and a creamy, light carrot and mash topping makes the perfect combo. This recipe serves two so double up if you're wanting to feed the whole family. This recipe serves 2-4 people and will take around 50 mins to prepare and cook.(22 ratings)
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These Mediterranean roast potatoes are the perfect choice for a summer Sunday lunch. With crispy new potatoes and juicy cherry tomatoes baked with olive oil, garlic and anchovies, this spud recipe is a true taste of the Med. Try serving it up with roast chicken or baked fish for a delicious family feast.(5 ratings)
Sesame and garlic greens are so quick and easy to make they will be on the table in 10 mins flat! Get your wok hot and stir-fry green beans, pak choi, sugar snap peas and spring greens, adding sesame oil and garlic for flavour. Top with crispy onions, and you'll have a healthy salad that's perfect for sharing as a side dish or as part of a sharing dinner.
You won't have tried slaw like this Asian slaw before. It's lower fat too, as it's nearly half mayonnaise and half Greek yogurt, which means it won't weigh you down. It's also got loads of delicious Asian flavours in it from the white cabbage, rice wine vinegar, mirin rice wine and toasted sesame oil, which means it's totally different from the sort of coleslaw you can buy in supermarkets or that you might normally make at home. It's worth giving a go and you'll soon find this will become your go-to recipe!(1 ratings)
Hairy Bikers' Thai chicken and coconut curry is the perfect quick and easy dinner from The Hairy Bikers' new show, The Hairy Dieters. This delicious recipe takes a classic dish and reduces the calories to turn it into a healthy family meal. Serving 4 people, each portion of this delicious curry works out at only 283 calories per serving without rice. If you'd like to serve this curry with rice, we'd recommend jasmine rice or basmati rice. Aim to cook no more than 50g per person, so 200g in all. Press the freshly boiled rice into a 200ml metal pudding basin mould that you’ve oiled lightly and lined with cling film, then turn out into the bowls before adding the hot curry. You only need 1 basin or mould as you can reuse it for all the servings(112 ratings)
Carrot and coriander is a classic soup recipe - and it's easy to make in the comfort of your own home. This light recipe is only 102 calories per portion so it makes a nice low-cal option for lunch. The strong, herby flavours of the ground and fresh coriander complement the carrots beautifully. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 35 mins to prepare and cook. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can also freeze this soup, defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat thoroughly before serving again.(117 ratings)
Ramen soup is perfect if you love noodles, but want something healthier than a takeaway. Aubergine, mushroom, broccoli, soya beans and radishes make this noodle soup packed with nutrients. The addition of tofu makes this dish suitable for vegetarians too. Since it only takes 20 minutes to prepare, you can eat it for either lunch or dinner – plus, it's so light at only 203 calories per serving.(1 ratings)
This borlotti bean and kale soup is light yet filling, making it the perfect meal for any time of the year. Served with crusty bread and Parmesan shavings, this soup makes a meal in itself. Cavolo nero or Savoy cabbage would be good in this soup as well if you can't find kale. Prepared in just 35 minutes, you can make a healthy and substantial meal quickly and easily with this delicious recipe.(16 ratings)