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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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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.(1 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.
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.(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)
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(7 ratings)
Slimming World are known for coming up with quick and healthy meal ideas that the whole family can enjoy - and they've done it again with this delicious garlic and thyme chicken with vegetable penne. Ready in just 20 minutes, this speedy pasta supper is perfect as a nutritious midweek meal after work or school.(20 ratings)
This family-sized Slimming World's ham and Portobello mushroom ring pizza is a healthy alternative to your usual Saturday night takeaway. It takes under an hour to make the pizza dough and sauce from scratch, prepare the toppings and cook. Garnish with fresh rocket leaves and enjoy.(35 ratings)
Learn how to make gnocchi with this diet recipe from Weight Watchers. Packed full of flavoursome cheese and bacon and still only 392 cals!(53 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.(2 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.(1 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.(1 ratings)
Here are 9 things you didnít know you could make with cauliflower and prepare to be amazedÖ(10 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(14 ratings)
This super simple bacon and broccoli pasta salad is perfect for nights when you don't want to spend ages in the kitchen. You only need a handful of basic ingredients to make it and it takes just 15 minutes from start to finish - plus, because it's a Slimming World recipe, you can rest assured that it's just as nutritious as it is delicious.(33 ratings)
This fresh, citrusy Slimming World's fruity pasta salad makes a delicious light lunch any time of the year and is ideal picnic food or a lunch box filler. You'll be surprised how well orange, apples and grapes go with pasta in this inventive dish. This recipe serves 4 people and takes about 30 mins to make. This colourful, vibrant salad is made with oranges, apples and celery. It's light, sweet and full of flavour - plus it count towards your 5-a-day too. If you have any leftovers store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day.(34 ratings)
A twist on the classic tomato gazpacho, this refreshing chilled soup recipe is ideal for serving on a hot summer's day. Loaded with healthy veggies, including watercress, cucumber and avocado, and topped with tasty smoked salmon, it can be whipped up in just 10 minutes and left in the fridge for a quick, easy meal in seconds.(3 ratings)
Our mummy blogger Anneliese has been set the challenge of feeding her family of 4 their 5-a-day, every day! Research this month shows that less than a third reach that magic number, so Anneliese will be thinking of ways to get more vegetables into her kids' dinners, how to make sure the whole fruit bowl is used up and crucially, see if she can keep her food bills down in the process, with less waste. You might think getting your 5-a-day is easy, but think again...(13 ratings)
The Hairy Bikers have created this delicious lower-fat cottage pie for their new show, The Hairy Dieters. It has all the rich warming flavours of a traditional cottage pie with just 242 cals per serving! This healthy cottage pie recipe is well worth the wait. Serving 8 people, this family-sized meal combines lean minced beef together with plenty of veggies including celery and tomatoes to make a rich sauce. Topped with a half-fat crŤme fraiche and leek infused mashed potato, you just can't go wrong.(168 ratings)