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Eating healthily can be hard when you've got a family to feed on a budget but goodtoknow is here to show you how to make healthy meals - without it costing the earth. Our healthy recipes section has hundreds of different recipes, so we can guarantee you will find something delicious to feed your family.
If you want to make sure you stick to your healthy eating plan (this time!) we have 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 day and will mean less snacking in the morning. You don't need to spend ages making it either, make your own porridge, muesli - or even bake some muffins in bulk so you can grab something nutritious and delicious quickly. Try and sprinkle dried fruits or nuts over anything your eating to increase the protein of your meal.
Plan your food
At the start of the week/month, take a little time out to sit down and 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.
Pick what suits you
There are loads of different diets out there but they may not suit you or your situation. 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 harsh 500 calorie days on the 5:2 diet? 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 going to snack. Keeping full 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 many fruits and vegetables you are eating. The standard 5-a-day is a good measure but you can, of course, have more. Keep a mental, or physical, list of how much of your 5-a-day you are having 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 kids and for you!
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. If you've never made a sauce from scratch, it can be a little bit daunting but if you start small 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 quite 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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Coconut rice pilaf with baby aubergines is a delicious vegetarian recipe that you can which you can have on its own for lunch, as a side dish or as a sharing dish. It's also happens to be vegan, but it's so full of flavour that everyone will enjoy it - in fact, you won't even realise! The list of ingredients might look quite long, but once you get cooking it couldn't be easier. The baby aubergines, mixed nuts and pomegranate make this dish extra smart.
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.(1 ratings)
This warming, low-fat pumpkin soup recipe is perfect for Halloween - especially when it's served with breadstick broomsticks!(91 ratings)
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Use Quorn mince instead of beef to make this tasty vegetarian lasagne which is low in fat and only has 323 calories per portion(43 ratings)
If youíre a fan of the avocado, youíre really going to appreciate these 11 things you didnít know you could make with this rich and creamy fruit. And if youíre not a fan, prepare to have your mind changedÖ(9 ratings)
Healthy blueberry Bircher muesli is the perfect option for breakfast, especially if you're trying to be good. Prepare the night before and leave to soak in the fridge. This easy to make breakfast is topped with fresh blueberries, which count towards your 5-a-day. This recipe serves 1 person and takes 5 mins to prepare, plus soaking overnight. Blueberries are packed with vitamins and minerals and are one of the best superfoods.(7 ratings)
If you're looking for something different for brunch or lunch, this mouth-watering Indian spiced rosti and 'friedí egg is the perfect dish. Spiced with cumin and coriander seeds, this one-pot meal is filling, healthy and counts towards your 5-a-day. This recipe serves 1 person and takes about 20 mins to make. Amazingly, it's only 150 calories - perfect as part of the 5:2 diet.(2 ratings)
Healthy and delicious crispy Asian sea bass is packed full of flavour thanks to the garlic, lime and red chillies. This recipe really transforms that basic cut of fish into a mouth-watering dinner. A portion of this crispy Asian sea bass works out at only 277 calories per serving and 9g fat.(1 ratings)
You might be surprised that the base for this green goddess salad dressing is avocado, which makes a really flavoursome, creamy and delicious dressing. Mix it up with rocket, tomatoes or any other green leaves that you fancy for a salad that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Have a larger portion as a main at lunch, or a smaller one as a side to meat or fish.(1 ratings)
This delicious Slimming World's chicken and potato curry is so simple to make and guilt-free too making it the perfect Saturday night alternative to a takeaway. Curry is one the nation's favourite meals and it's not off the menu if you're counting the calories. Diet club Slimming World have taken the classic dish and made it nice and healthy - without losing out on any of the flavour. This recipe is so delicious, even those not following the diet can enjoy it. The potato in the mix means you don't need to serve it with rice and sides. This recipe serves 4 people and should take approximately 40 mins to make. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(279 ratings)
This amber-coloured, velvety soup is perfect for lunch with your favourite bread, or as a starter with crŤme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds.(224 ratings)
Trying to get your family eating healthy everyday can be tough, especially when it comes to feeding them their recommended 5-a-day. Our week meal planner is here to inspire you and to make counting your 5-a-day a little easier.(3 ratings)
Cauliflower pizza is a healthier take on a treat, with the base made of cauliflower and egg pressed into shape, making it gluten free and just 213 calories. You'll never feel guilty about eating pizza again!(6 ratings)
Slimming World's bacon and roast tomato pasta is a filling dish that can be on the table in just 35 mins. This recipe brings salty bacon, soft pasta shapes and plenty of veggies including broad beans together to make one mouth-watering lunch or dinner. This summery pasta salad is sure to become a favourite with you and your friends. If you have any of this pasta dish leftover, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.(14 ratings)
Flavour-packed skinny Spanish fish stew can be ready in just 30 mins. Made with cod, king prawns and a rich tomato sauce, this mouth-watering dish serves 1 and works out at only 236 calories per serving - perfect if you're counting calories or trying to be good. This stew is served with a homemade cauliflower couscous, which is light and easy to make.(4 ratings)
Rich mushroom ragu is perfect for vegetarians and made with mushrooms, passata and Quorn mince for a delicious vegetarian ragu recipe. The courgetti, or courgette noodles, make this an extra healthy option but you can have it with pasta if you prefer.(5 ratings)
Burritos are a classic Mexican dish that's great to share with family or guests. Put chilli beef in a serving dish and let everyone make their own burritos, with a tortilla, the beef, guacamole and soured cream - Easy(16 ratings)