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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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From lunch and dinner ideas to delicious snack recipes, you'll love these healthy recipes...(18 ratings)
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Hairy Bikers' Thai chicken and coconut curry recipe is the perfect quick and easy dinner from The Hairy Bikers' 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(155 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.(131 ratings)
Apple doughnuts are the latest healthy food trend to hit social media and we’re fully on board. You’ve probably seen them all over Pinterest and Instagram, but you won’t believe how easy and fun it is to make them at home. Made with just raw apple slices and coloured cream cheese or yoghurt, they’re a great way to get the kids eating more fruit and increase their five-a-day in a fun way. This fruity snack is also a much more nutritious alternatives to normal doughnuts without the sugar crash, and we promise they’ll love them just as much. The natural sugars in the apples are a great source of energy for little ones, so it’s a good option for a healthy breakfast or a delicious snack in between meals. With only four ingredients, you can make these delicious apples doughnuts in just 5 minutes, and the best part is that because it’s such a simple and easy process, the whole family can get involved. Let the kids make the holes on their apple slices, and then watch them get creative with their favourite toppings. We love yoghurt and granola for breakfast time and cream cheese with a dash of sprinkles for a yummy afternoon snack, but you can use anything you’d like to top your apple doughnuts – just combine a creamy spread with a crunchy topping on top of an apple slice and you're good to go. For a more indulgent version, why not cover the apple doughnuts with nut butter and sprinkle with chocolate chips?(2 ratings)
Find out which healthy eating cookbooks that everyone is talking about including, including a brand new cookbooks from blogger Deliciously Ella, The Body Coach, Madeleine Shaw and Tom Kerridge(2 ratings)
If you're looking for a tasty FODMAP-friendly breakfast then why not give these delicious pancakes a go? Emma Hatcher is a cook book author specialising in FODMAP recipes and knows how to turn classic recipes into nourishing dishes that still taste fantastic. She says, 'These are a different, sweet and delicious way to enjoy crêpes, while getting in some extra greens and a healthy chocolate fix. The batter needs to be refrigerated for a while, so I like to make it first thing in the morning then jump in the shower while I'm waiting.'
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! This recipe serves 2 people and will take around 30 mins to prepare and cook. It's the perfect if you're trying to be good and eat a little healthier. It's lower in calories than your average pizza recipe and the easy to make cauliflower base is a much lighter option than pizza dough. Top with plenty of veggies including sweetcorn. You can add other veggies too if you want to up your 5-a-day count - try chopped tomatoes, spinach leaves or peppers..(30 ratings)
Fancy a sweet treat but on the FODMAP diet? There's no need to give up cake thanks to cook book author Emma Hatcher, who specialises in FODMAP-friendly recipes. These passion fruit cupcakes will give tea time that sweet fix, without it having to contain any FODMAP foods. Emma says: 'These cupcakes are light and delicate with a charming, tropical tang. Every few bites you get a little crunch from the passion fruit pulp, and when topped with the rich whipped coconut cream icing you've got a stunning flavour and texture combination, if I do say so myself. Don't skip chilling the coconut milk. It is this process that allows the coconut fat to separate out and solidify, giving you creamier, thicker icing at the end.'(3 ratings)
We all know getting little ones to eat lots of fruits and veggies can be a bit of struggle sometimes (for some reason chips always look more appealing!) but with this recipe for a fun and easy dinosaur salad you’ll have the kids munching through their 5-a-day in no time at all. This is just one example of fun ways to get children interested in a healthy plate of food, but the general principle can be applied to almost anything – faces on pizzas, animals made out of fruit salad, sandwiches cut into shapes – anything you can do to make their plate more appealing is a winner. If you’re feeling particularly patient you could get little ones to build their own dinos. Simply lay out all the ingredients cut up into shapes and let them go wild, we bet you get some inventive species!
This easy carrot and butternut squash soup recipe is perfect for the whole family. There are days when only soup will do, when we crave the soothing comfort of that warming slurp, and this squash soup is just the thing for those days. The great thing about soup is that, with just a few cheap ingredients, you can make up a big healthy batch and keep it in the fridge for a light dinner and it's perfect for freezing too. For this velvety squash soup recipe, you’ll only need nine ingredients that are really cheap to get from the supermarket. For a super speedy and healthy snack, whip up this simple sunshine bowl of soup; sure to brighten up any grey day. This soup serves 6 people, so it’s enough to feed your family and you can still keep leftovers for lunch the next day. Packed with nutrients, this butternut squash soup is a healthy way to up your five-a-day and the best part is that it’s also really quick to make. Making this butternut soup will only 40 mins from scratch, but only 10 mins to prepare so you can leave it to bubble away for half an hour while you carry on with your day. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and the rest can be frozen.(193 ratings)
Lamb is cheap and very easy to cook so this recipe for a delicious lamb steak will soon become a family favourite! For this baked lamb steaks recipe, each portion is under 400 calories, so you get a filling and nourishing protein-rich meal for under 500 calories. It bakes in the oven, leaving you to get on with something else – maybe even prepare a little surprise pudding? And as it's so low on fat it is great if you're on a diet but still want a really satisfying meal. Cooking all the ingredients together in one pan allows them to infuse each other with their rich flavours for a really satisfying meal that doesn't need gravy. Because we’ve added cherry tomatoes to this lamb recipe, you’re also getting some veg to up your 5-a-day intake without any extra effort. And the best part is that because this easy lamb steaks recipe is cooked in just one pan, the washing up will be really quick as well. We've added fresh herbs at the last minute instead, to give a final hit of flavour - delicious!(288 ratings)
This delicious Hairy Bikers' healthy cottage pie recipe is a guilt-free treat the whole family can enjoy. If you want an easy and simple recipe for cottage pie, this is the one! The Hairy Bikers have created this delicious lower-fat cottage pie for their new show, The Hairy Dieters. This easy cottage pie recipe has all the rich warming flavours of the traditional dish 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. Besides being an easy low-calories dish, this simple cottage pie recipe is healthy for you because it’s packed with vegetables that will help you reach your five-a-day. Topped with a half-fat crème fraiche and leek infused mashed potato, you just can't go wrong. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure you reheat thoroughly before serving.(271 ratings)
This fish pie recipe is a take on the classic. It's really nutritious and delicious, full of delightful flaked fish. This fish pie recipe with white fish fillet and smoked haddock is a really filling dish, and it’s perfect served with green beans or garden peas for an extra dose of vitamin-packed veg. A guaranteed hit with the whole family! This classic fish pie will take around 1hr and 20 mins to make and cook and is well worth the wait. This family-sized fish pie serves 6 people, so it’s sure to become a family favourite. The best part of this potato topped fish pie is the creamy, rich pie sauce. White fish fillet and smoked haddock fish make a delicious combination in this pie. This fish pie is one of our top-rated recipes - our user Jay says; 'it's excellent and has made it several times'. What do you think? Did you add something to our fish pie recipe to make it extra special? We always want to hear your twists on our dishes so leave us a comment to let us know how you made this recipe work for your family.(331 ratings)
Are you on the FODMAP diet? Try these easy recipes for meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are FODMAP free but still packed with flavour
Slimming World's chicken and potato curry recipe is one of our favourite delicious and simple-to-make Slimming World dinners! It’s 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, and the best part is that it has not lost out on any of the flavour. The main way this curry is better for you in terms of calories is that it‘s not made with coconut milk or any other liquids that can add more calories to a curry – it’s simply cooked with water but it still taste absolutely delicious. This recipe is so tasty, even those not following the diet can enjoy it, so you don’t have to cook two meals if you’re 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 you’re craving curry, make this light and tasty Slimming World recipe instead of getting a takeaway – it’s 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.(443 ratings)
This spicy pork chilli with baked potatoes will keep you warm in a cold autumnal or winter evening. Cook the mince with some garlic, cumin and coriander, not forgetting the chilli powder for extra kick. Tinned mixed beans and tomato passata will complete the tasty set and guarantee a delicious meal. Jacket potatoes are the ultimate British comfort food, so put your slippers on, and for maximum easiness, get your spuds ready-baked from the store and just heat them up in a microwave. Top with sour cream and parsley, and enjoy in good company. For a tasty meat-free version, just use Quorn mince instead, as it works just as well.
This delicious dinner staple is FODMAP diet friendly, thanks to cook book author Emma Hatcher, so you can keep enjoying classic dishes even if you're on the FODMAP diet (plus it's waistline friendly too!). It might look like it takes a while to put together but it's mostly time in the oven, which means you can be getting on with other bits and bobs. Plus, we think it's well worth the extra effort. Emma says: 'I had reservations of calling this 'lightened-up lasagne', but there's no better way to describe this dish that replaces wheat pasta with silky layers of butternut squash, making it gluten-free and lighter on the gut.' Try it served alongside a kale based green salad.