A healthy lifestyle would not be complete without delicious and nutritious meals. However, we will inevitably run out of ideas in the kitchen from time to time. Maybe it is because we are uninspired, or the recipe banks inside our minds need more material.
There is no need to worry anymore as we have got you covered! We have listed down below some of our favorite fresh and healthy meal ideas. But before that, we want to share with you a little tip.
The secret to healthy meals? One is the great sourcing of ingredients. The freshness of whatever you put in your meals will make or break its entirety. Just imagine eating a summer salad topped with avocados that are about to go bad. Nobody wants that!
Another is to keep it simple. If you are not a regular in the kitchen, it is okay to stick with choosing recipes that are easy to follow. What matters is that you are taking steps to create better-eating habits and practicing a healthier lifestyle.
Without further ado, let us get into some yummy and nutritious recipes you would love to try!
- For A Healthier Eyesight: Salmon and Asparagus with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce
If you are looking for an easy but nutrient-filled meal, look no further than chucking some salmon and asparagus together in a foil pack. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and B-vitamins that will help protect your eyes and even reduce eye strain. Asparagus, on the other hand, has vitamins A, C, and K that will aid in improving your digestion.
All you have to do is grab a foil pack and add in salmon and asparagus. Top it with a rich buttery sauce and add a few cloves of garlic to add a savory touch. Then, squeeze a wedge of lemon for added brightness. Do not forget to season with salt and black pepper and garnish with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro. Bake it in the oven, and you are done!
If you are looking for other meals that will improve your eyesight, concentrate on ingredients such as sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs, and leafy greens.
2. For Healthier Skin: Almond Crusted Chicken Breast with Raspberry Sauce
Instead of using breading, you can instead opt to coat your chicken breast with crushed nuts as a gluten-free alternative to create that crispy outer crust. Almonds contain high levels of vitamin E, which will help shield your skin from sun damage. For the sauce, combine onions and cherries. Both of these ingredients have high concentrations of polyphenols, which protect your skin from free radicals.
If you want to take it up a notch and create a healthier and better sauce for your skin, try making a homemade cherry compote that uses less refined sugar.
For clear, wrinkle-free, and protected skin, eat more nuts and seeds, eggs, berries, turkey, tomatoes, non-dairy milk, and probiotics.
3. For Better Heart Health: Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
The traditional garlicky shrimp scampi is given a low-carb twist in this simple dinner meal. Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are a healthier alternative to regular pasta since they have a similar texture and take on the taste of the sauce you serve them with. To avoid a soupy end product with a bland flavor, make sure to salt and drain your zoodles!
Shrimp is a good source of protein and is high in several vitamins and minerals. In addition, because shrimp includes omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant astaxanthin, eating shrimp may also improve heart and brain health. On the other hand, zucchini has pectin, a water-soluble fiber that may reduce your blood lipid and harmful cholesterol levels, improving heart health.
Other heart-healthy ingredients to add to your diet include leafy green vegetables, berries, beans, whole grains, and fatty fish.
4. For A Healthy Gut: Kimchi Baked Tofu
Kimchi is more than just a side dish. This traditional Korean fermented food will give your tofu dish a burst of flavor plus nutrients that your body will thank you for. Kimchi is a natural source of fiber and probiotics, two nutrients your gut loves. In addition, studies suggest eating kimchi regularly is good for the intestines, immune system, brain, and skin.
Tofu is also good for you as it is high in fiber that keeps your colon healthy, promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation.
If you are looking for more foods and ingredients to improve your gut health, try yogurt, miso, tempeh, and whole grains.
5. For A Healthy Brain Boost: Tuna, Egg, and Avocado Toast
Looking for something easy to prepare that will give your brain a boost? Try this simple toast recipe!
Do not toss the extra tuna oil from the jar or the container when using tuna for any meal. That oil contains plenty of fish’s omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. You can use this instead of mayo to dress the salad. Then, add some avocados and a few slices of boiled eggs on top.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that promote blood flow and increase brain activity. Eggs, on the other hand, are a good source of choline, which is linked to lowering inflammation and improving brain function, including maintaining memory and communications between your brain cells.
Want to boost your brain and memory? Fill your fridge and cupboard with more berries, nuts, leafy greens, and oily fish.
A Healthy Lifestyle Starts with What You Put on Your Plate
When you create better eating habits and take little steps to improve your health, you will see the benefits in other aspects of your life. For example, you will feel better mentally, have more energy when exercising, and experience fewer health problems. It might even help improve your finances!
Whatever your end goal is, what is important is that you do these habits consistently. Of course, be patient with yourself; learning what works best for you takes trial and error. At the end of the day, food should be just as fun and fulfilling as it is healthy and filling.
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