Given how damaging it can be to have too much heavily processed food in your diet, it’s of no surprise to me that more and more people are concentrating on healthier fresh foods.
Processed foods tend to have unhealthy levels of added sugar, sodium and fat. And while this may often help to make the food taste better, unfortunately too much can lead to such health conditions as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
They also tend to be lacking in valuable micro-nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. While fresh fruits and vegetables are brimming with the stuff.
So with that in mind, I decided to put together a round-up of some of the most amazing fresh food recipes on the net that you can take advantage of to get your health kick off to a great start.
And without further ado, it’s time to get those taste buds ready for an onslaught!
I’m sure you’re not at all surprised to see a salad recipe in my shortlist of healthy fresh food dishes!
What could be healthier than a dish that’s packed with fresh healthy veggies. This particular salad recipe features fresh diced tomato and cucumber, sweet crunchy red onion, crunchy red bell pepper, flavorful olives, rich, velvety crumbled feta cheese, and protein packed chickpeas.
The recipe also tells you how to make a lovely Greek vinaigrette salad dressing to drizzle over it.
You won’t find a wrap any healthier than a lettuce wrap – so low in calories.
This is an Asian cuisine inspired lettuce wrap, with a filling made with the likes of ground chicken, diced yellow onion, ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, sriracha, diced green onions and water chestnuts, soy sauce, and seasonings.
The recipe makes 4 servings in as little as 20 minutes, coming in at a mere 150 calories each. I like to serve it with a garnish of crushed peanuts and green onion slices.
A healthy diet means healthy drinks as well as healthy meals, and that’s exactly where recipes like this one come in.
One key ingredient is kale, which is a superfood packed with nutrients, including vitamins A, B6, C, K, fibre, and minerals, which in turn means it has lots of great health benefits. And it’s also low in calories to boot.
In this recipe, the kale is combined with the mild taste of blueberries which are rich in antioxidants and give the drink its colour, and ground cinnamon spice, which has healthy potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
It also features low fat yoghurt, banana, protein powder and flaxseed meal to make it even more healthy!
For those of you who don’t already know, a Buddha bowl is basically a vegetarian meal, served in a single bowl. They typically contain a grain base, some protein and a range of colourful vegetables and a sprinkle of nutrient rich seeds.
This particular Buddha bowl recipe features healthy avocado as its star ingredient. It has a quinoa base, cooked spinach leaves which are high in iron, cool cucumber, carrot ribbons, creamy avocado slices, fresh basil leaves, and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
The recipe also includes instructions for a yummy avocado dressing, which pairs perfectly with the remaining ingredients in the bowl.
A stir-fry main course that consists primarily of protein and healthy, colourful veggies is far healthier than its noodle laden counterparts.
This particular recipe is a simple one, made with chunks of crispy, protein packed tofu, with green beans and baby carrots. And it is served in a sauce made with the likes of ginger and garlic, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, and more.
You could serve it on its own or over carbs if you prefer.
Yes oatmeal is high in carbs, but dieticians will tell you that carbs can be part of a good, healthy diet. What’s more, oatmeal is low on the glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar.
In this recipe, there are over 11 grams of fibre from the whole grain, and 11 grams of protein. The oats get heated in a pan with some water and mashed banana, and when thickened, you simply throw on healthy additions such as fresh berries, almonds, chia seeds, and drizzle with melted peanut butter.
If you’re wondering what could be healthier than a veggie soup – we’ve found it!
This special detox soup is specifically designed to cleanse the body and remove toxins. It features such ingredients as chicken broth, shredded chicken, cauliflower, broccoli, and bell peppers.
It also features such aromatics and seasonings as fresh ginger, minced garlic cloves, yellow onion, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.
If you don’t want to serve your ground meat on a bed of carbs, whether it be pasta noodles or a baking potato, then this is an excellent healthy alternative.
In this recipe you serve up lean ground meat mixed with wild rice, crushed tomatoes, and diced onion, with added Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste, topped up with shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, and left to bake inside bell peppers.
And by using ground turkey rather than red meat, you make it even healthier still!
The recipe makes 6 servings at just 544 calories each, in about 50 minutes.
Every kitchen that puts the health of the household first ought to have an air fryer. It is one of the healthiest ways to cook – much better than deep-frying because you only need to give your food a quick few sprays of oil before cooking.
This is a great recipe because it features white meat for protein, namely chicken breast. And it only requires 5 other ingredients, specifically shredded Parmesan, eggs, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and breadcrumbs.
The recipe makes 4 servings, at just 541 calories each, and is ready to eat in as little as 20 minutes. We recommend serving it with salad.
Fish is an excellent source of protein, but it’s also a great food for supplying the body with omega-3 fats, which are important for brain health, heart health, and eye health.
In this recipe, salmon is cooked in a skillet with the likes of olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic cloves, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.
The recipe makes 4 servings, which can be ready within just 15 minutes, and come to just 266 calories each. We recommend serving it with some green beans.
For those of you who don’t already know, a power is basically an all-in-one meal in a bowl that provides excellent nutrition. They usually have a whole grain base, plenty of healthy veggies, and protein packed ingredients as well.
This particular recipe is Whole30 compliant, however, which means that it has no grains, legumes, dairy, or additives.
It features red onion, sweet potato chunks, broccoli, leafy greens in the form of kale, and seasoning, along with a drizzle of flavourful tahini salad dressing with garlic and cumin.
Have you heard of zoodles? They’re basically spaghetti-like noodles that are made from zucchini using a spiralizer. They’re trending lately because they’re much healthier and lower in carbs than regular pasta noodles.
This is an Italian take on the dish. It requires very few ingredients, and a main one of which is halved cherry tomatoes, which provide an excellent contrast of flavour with the grated Parmesan cheese.
It also features minced garlic cloves, freshly chopped basil leaves and salt and pepper to taste.
The recipe makes 3 servings in total, in a mere 15 minutes, coming in at just 172 calories each.
And now to go out with a bang! This recipe is absolutely delicious, sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth, and is surprisingly healthy.
And it requires very few ingredients, just some milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, cornstarch, a sweetener such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.
The recipe makes 3 servings in total, in just 15 minutes, coming in at a mere 70 calories each.
I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through my round-up of the best healthy fresh food recipes out there, and more so, I hope that you like the sound of at least one of them enough to give it a try and incorporate it in your family diet on a long term basis.