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We've got lots of delicious healthy recipes for you to make at home. Our collection of healthy recipes 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 lifestyle. 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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Joe Wicks' fish finger sandwich is another great Body Coach recipe that you can make in no time. This Joe Wicks' fish finger sandwich serves two people, but you can easily double up the quantities if you're feeding more people. It will only take you around 15 mins to prepare this fish finger sandwich and another 10 mins to cook them, so you can have dinner ready to be eaten on the table in just 25 mins - from scratch! If you want a lighter meal, you can still use this recipe to make the fish fingers and serve with a fresh green salad instead of making a sandwich. Fish is a great source of protein and generally has less calories than meat, so these fish fingers will still be a filling meal without breaking the diet. Making your own fish fingers is also a genius way to avoid nasty ingredients in your food, as you can make them as basic as you want and know exactly what you're putting in them, so they're a healthy option without compromising on taste. To make this fish finger sandwich even tastier, Joe Wicks says you can spice up your fish fingers by adding ground spices such as paprika or cumin to the flour or breadcrumbs.
Fearne Cotton's salmon tray bake is a quick and easy midweek dinner you can make in less than one hour. With plenty of veg including asparagus and tomatoes, this salmon dish is a great way to get your family - especially the kids - to eat their 5-a-day! Salmon is also rich in omega-3, which has multiple health benefits including improving heart health. To make this salmon tray bake, you will only need 10 minutes to prep and then let the oven do the hard work for another 35 mins - quick and easy! Fearne says: 'I love a tray bake as you get to whack a whole host of foods and flavours together, which makes it quick to make and also extremely flavoursome. Each ingredient seeps into the next, complementing each other and adding to the overall deliciousness. This is a very simple and easy recipe but will feed four hungry faces very well indeed. It is a good-looking, no-messing dish that is bursting with great protein and healthy veg!'(3 ratings)
This Hairy Bikers' Spanish chicken bake recipe is a perfect one-pot wonder. The Hairy Bikers have captured the classic flavours of Spain in one dish - and it's one of their diet dishes too! At just 370 calories per serving, you'd think this Hairy Bikers Spanish chicken would be lacking in flavour - far from it! The powerful flavours of paprika and chorizo give the chicken a lovely Spanish twist. This delicious Spanish chicken bake serves 4 people and will take about 1hr and 15 mins to make in total. Itís well worth the wait! The Hairy Bikers use chicken thighs in this recipe to cut down the cost but feel free to use your favourite cut of chicken instead e.g. chicken breast or drumsticks. And the best thing about this recipe - it's all made in one pot! Less washing up and a delicious family meal - what more could you want? This recipe is part of the Hairy Dieters series.(774 ratings)
Vegan stew is the ideal dish for when you need a bit of comfort food that's still good for you. This vegan stew recipe by celebrity chef Fearne Cotton will take you around 20 mins to prepare and another 20 mins to cook, so you'll have a filling and nutritious dinner ready in well under an hour. This vegan stew recipe makes enough for four people, but you can easily double or triple quantities if you're feeding more people. This vegan stew can even be served at a dinner party if you have vegetarian or vegan friends, or maybe guests who prefer to eat a healthy and veg-packed meal. This vegan stew is entirely plant-based, with kidney beans for a protein punch and sweet potato for energy. Fearne says: 'After writing my first cookbook, Cook Happy, Cook Healthy, I got a lot of lovely feedback about the vegan recipes I included, so I wanted to include a few more in my second book. This stew is very hearty and is flavour-packed and full of goodness. There are the anti-inflammatory benefits of the turmeric and ginger and all the vibrant nutrients exploding from the kidney beans and the kale. It's colourful, delicious and filling: a rainbow in a bowl!'(2 ratings)
Protein balls are a healthy and easy-to-make snack that will give you a boost of energy in between meals. This protein balls recipe by Madeleine Shaw, made with chocolate and peanut butter, tastes like brownies so it's not only healthy, it's also delicious! This protein balls recipe is super easy to make too. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a food processor to make the paste, and then shape them into small energy balls. These energy balls need to go in the fridge for at least 30 mins after to set and will then keep in the fridge for 2 weeks after you make them, so you can make a big batch of energy balls and have them as a snack for when you need a little pick me up. Protein balls can be a great pre-workout snack if you're heading to the gym, or even after, as the protein from the peanut butter will keep you full and energised. Madeleine's protein balls recipe makes 14, but you can easily double up the ingredients if you want to make more of these delicious energy balls. Madeleine says: 'Energy balls are a staple in my house, but these feel like pure indulgence. Peanuts are a good source of protein if you're a gym bunny, but I also like to munch on one with a cup of refreshing peppermint tea in the garden.'
Healthy banana bread is always a great bake when you want a treat for breakfast that's still good for you, or even if you want a mid morning snack with a cuppa. This healthy banana bread recipe is vegan too, as well as gluten free, so you can have it if you follow a vegan diet as well, just make sure the chocolate you use is vegan. To make this healthy banana bread, you'll need about 10 mins to prepare and then all you have to do is pop in the oven and let it cook for 50 mins, or until this gluten free banana bread is cooked through and golden on top. This healthy banana bread recipes makes one medium loaf, which will serve about six people. If you need to feed more people, you can double the quantities but make sure you have a big loaf tin to make this gluten free banana bread. Madeleine explains why she loves this vegan banana bread recipe: 'We all love banana loaf but Iíve taken this up a notch by adding peanut butter. Oh yes, bananas are a great source of energy, but did you know they can also help you to sleep? Whenever I want a really good nightís sleep Iíll munch on this loaf because bananas contain trytophan, an amino acid that helps the body to produce serotonin. It calms and relaxes you, which is essential for glowing skin!' So if you're looking for a delicious gluten free banana bread, you'll need to try Madeleine Shaw's recipes...
Healthy muffins are a great way to get your day started. You can prepare these healthy muffins the day before and just grab them before you walk out the door for an on-the-go brekkie, or pop them into your kids' lunch boxes - it will definitely make their day. This easy and healthy muffin recipe only takes 5 mins to prep and another 30 mins to bake, so you don't need to spend a long time in the kitchen to have a tasty treat first thing in the morning. These healthy muffins are perfect if you want to start your day with a treat that's still good for you, as they don't contain any refined sugar, and no white flour - just fibre-packed oats, naturally sweet bananas and dried black mulberries, with a hint of cinnamon. Ren Kroes, author of the recipe, says: 'Don't be fooled by their sweetness: these muffins pack a serious power breakfast punch. I usually make about 10 of these at a time so I can eat them as a snack or take them with me for breakfast during the week. When I do take one to go, I'll pick up a tasty coffee on my way to enjoy with it. Happiness! This recipe calls for mulberries, but you could just as easily use apple chunks, blueberries, or even jam, if you prefer. These muffins are also a tasty, fun, nutritious breakfast for kids.'
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.(31 ratings)
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Fearne Cotton's healthy cupcakes with peanut butter and jam are the perfect treat to make with the kids! To make this healthy cupcake recipe, you'll need about an hour as they're made completely from scratch - even the jam! But even though you make everything from scratch, this healthy cupcake recipe is very straightforward and you only need three ingredients to make the jam - chia seeds, honey and raspberries. This healthy cupcake recipe makes 10 cupcakes, but you can double up the ingredients to make more - which you probably should as they're so moreish... When you're making these healthy cupcakes, especially if your little ones are involved, you can snack on the excess bits of cake while you assemble your cupcakes - it's the best part! Fearne says: 'Peanut butter and jam go together like duvets and books. Total soul-satisfying perfection. I eat a lot of nut butter as I adore the creaminess and flavour and am always happy to boost up my daily protein with it too, so getting my fave ingredient into a bake was a must for this book. The jam is a little hidden secret inside that will be delightfully discovered when bitten in to, and the creamy topping just makes these little dream boats even more decadent. Serve up when your mates or family drop over for tea, or give to your little ones as a cheeky treat.'
This Eat Well For Less homemade gammon noodle pot is a quick and easy lunch option if you're short on time. It's a super quick lunch recipe as it only takes 5 mins to prep and 10 mins to cook, so you'll have a delicious meal ready in just 15 mins! So quick and simple to put together, all you need to do come lunchtime is boil the kettle and wait a few minutes. This Eat Well For Less recipe is so simple to make that you can even make a different variation each day by adding your favourite spices to the mix. Ring the changes with your vegetables and mix and match to suit - try finely sliced sugar snap peas, mushrooms or mangetout, or sweetcorn kernels. Another way to achieve a different flavour is to add a teaspoon of curry powder or 1⁄2 teaspoon of Thai red curry paste - simple changes that will completely transform the taste of this cheap and quick dish. This Eat Well For Less recipe is also gluten-free, which is ideal if you're following a gluten-free diet or are gluten intolerant.(1 ratings)
Slimming World's chicken curry recipe is one of our favourite delicious and simple-to-make Slimming World dinners! Itís guilt-free too, making it the perfect Saturday night alternative to a takeaway. This Slimming World curry is easy to make, and it's ready to be eaten in less than hour. 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, and the best part is that it has not lost out on any of the flavour. The main way this Slimming World curry recipe is better for you in terms of calories is that itĎs not made with coconut milk or any other liquids that can add more calories to a curry Ė itís simply cooked with water but it still taste absolutely delicious. This Slimming World curry recipe is so tasty, even those not following the diet can enjoy it, so you donít have to cook two meals if youíre following the Slimming World plan. 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 minutes to make. If youíre craving curry, make this light and tasty Slimming World recipe instead of getting a takeaway Ė itís a lot healthier and cheaper. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(474 ratings)
Taking part in the Slimming World plan? Starting to notice that it's taking over your shopping lists and kitchen cupboards? Don't worry, you're not the only one.(121 ratings)
Mushroom soup is a really easy and simple soup recipe to make and can be on the table in under an hour. You can make this homemade mushroom soup recipe in just three steps. This creamy mushroom soup will take around 35 mins to prepare and cook and serves 2 people. Look out for value packs of mushrooms to use if you're planning to prepare this mushroom soup Ė they donít 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 Ė there is no need to wash them. Double or triple the quantities if you're feeding more people with this creamy mushroom soup recipe. Leftovers can be frozen or stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. This mushroom soup recipe is also a healthy option for dinner or lunch, with plenty of vitamins and minerals that are great for your health like selenium and iron. Serve with thick slices of sourdough bread so you can dunk them in this tasty soup.(210 ratings)
This delicious stuffed peppers recipe make a colourful Mediterranean-style dish with sunblush tomatoes and melting mozzarella - and yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Not only does a portion of this recipe equal one of your 5-a-day, it also works out at only 315 calories and 0.4g salt per serving. These stuffed peppers are ideal for lunch with a salad or served for dinner with new potatoes and fresh greens. Ready in just 30 mins, our stuffed peppers with couscous, courgette and mozzarella are vegetarian-friendly and are sure to tempt children with their vibrant colours and tasty flavours too.(193 ratings)
Healthy flapjacks are a great snack to have around the house for when you want a treat but are trying to be good. This healthy flapjack recipe is vegan and doesn't contain any refined sugar, so you won't get a sugar crash afterwards! These vegan flapjacks bars are crunchy, sweet and slightly salty all at the same time - plus they rich in protein too because of the nuts. Packed with good energy and brilliant for a breakfast on the go, or a delicious snack, these healthy flapjacks have an orange flavour which is divine with the toasted nuts. These easy protein flapjacks, that are also sugar free, will keep in the fridge for a week, so you can make a big batch and keep them as a healthy snack to have at hand, but bear in mind they are best enjoyed straight from the fridge because of their soft texture. If you're feeling adventurous when making these protein flapjacks, you can play around with new combinations of nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make new variations of this healthy flapjack recipe. Perhaps try adding some almond extract instead of the orange zest to these protein flapjacks? Or some dried apple in place of the goji berries to go well with the cinnamon? Ground ginger is always delicious, too. We bet these healthy flapjacks will become your new favourite snack!
Using our easy mushroom risotto recipe this dish will quickly become a mid-week family staple in no time. Risotto is much easier to make than you might think and doesn't have to use a lot of ingredients. All you need is the correct rice and a bit of patience! Risotto recipes are perfect for a filling winter warmer or as a side portion with a summer salad and plenty of fresh vegetables. The mushrooms and the peas in this recipe work wonders together. If you don't have any peas in the freezer you could use asparagus instead - it's a good choice especially when its in season. This classic risotto recipe works out at only 307 calories per serving and 2g of fat. This risotto recipe serves 4 people and will take around 45 mins to prepare and cook - it's well worth the wait!(175 ratings)
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