Healthy Meals You Need to Make in 2016

If you’ve indulged during the silly season, now is the time to overhaul your eating habits. Here are our most popular healthy recipes to help you stay on track.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to involve complicated calorie counting, strict diets or even denying yourself the foods you love. You can transform your diet by simply making smarter choices.

It can be as simple as making every meal as nutrient-rich as possible.  Look for opportunities to add more vegetables, seeds and fruits, a good rule of thumb is to try and eat a ‘rainbow’ of fruits and vegies every day. Also aim to cut out prepackaged food, and steer clear of pre-made sauces that are often packed with sugar and preservatives. If all else fails, follow the 80/20 rule – if you take care of your diet 80 percent of the time, then the other 20 you can indulge in your favourite foods. Coupled with an active lifestyle, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier 2016.

Here are our favourite recipes that are easy to prepare, and so simple to integrate into your weekly menu.  Oh, and did we mention they’re all delicious?

BREAKFAST

1. Berry and Muesli Porridge

Porridge doesn’t have to be boring. Make your morning meal as  nutritious as possible with the addition of berries, dried fruits and nuts. You can also add seeds, such as sunflower or chia seeds, and feel free to use whatever is in season.

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2. Banana, Coconut & Walnut Smoothie

Not a breakfast person? Fire up your metabolism with this healthy smoothie. It will see you through all the way to lunch so you’re not tempted to snack on the naughty stuff. 

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3. Spelt Pancakes

With just a few ingredient swaps, you can make what is usually an indulgent breakfast into something that is filling and packed with fibre.

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LUNCH

4. Prawn, mango and avocado salad

Nothing says summer like prawns and mango! Avocados are a treasure trove of nutrients such as Vitamin B6, potassium, and Vitamin E. Prawns will give you good magnesium hit (essential for nerve and muscle function) while mangoes will provide almost 75 per cent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

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5. Soulful Mushroom Broth

Mushrooms are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, and selenium. They can even help neutralise free radicals and boost your immune defense. Paired with ginger, garlic and coriander, this recipe will give your system a real boost.

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SNACKS

6. Energy Booster Juice

Keep your energy firing on all cylinders with this juice recipe. Don’t limit yourself to these three ingredients – you can add ginger, beetroot, spinach, oranges and carrots or anything else that’s in season.

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7. Eggplant dip

Just because you’re entertaining, doesn’t mean you can’t serve something healthy. Studies have suggested that consuming eggplant on a regular basis decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair. This is a great afternoon snack to keep in the fridge. 

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8. Healthy Carrot Muffins

These simple carrot muffins are a great way to hide vegetables for fussy eaters, and will be a big hit in your child’s lunchbox. Loaded with vitamin K, B6, C and dietary fibre.

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9. Vietnamese Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

These rice paper rolls are so versatile – swap the chicken out for prawns or tofu and experiment with other fresh ingredients to suit your taste.

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DINNER

10. Garlic Mushroom Ravioli

This vegetarian recipe is packed full of the good stuff – tomatoes for an antioxidant boost, and quinoa for phosphorus, copper, magnesium, dietary fibre, foliate, and zinc.

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11. Lamb Rack with Mediterranean Salad

Bring the taste of the Med to your dinner table with this delicious, healthy lamb recipe. A lamb rack will always impress, and will also give your family a good dose of iron.

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12. Lemon and Garlic Chicken

Serve with plenty of green vegetables, and you have a healthy and wholesome dish that is great for a weekday meals or entertaining.  Garlic contains numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients that can help combat coronary artery diseases, infections and cancers - so eat up!

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13. Healthy Sweet & Sour King Prawn Stir Fry

Why buy take-out when you can cook your own version that’s far healthier? This is such a simple sweet and sour dish and only takes minutes to prepare.

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14. Beef Pasta Salad

This beef pasta is loaded with nutrients and is a great option for a mid week meal. For an even healthier option, keep it clean and forego the pasta or swap it for the wholegrain variety.

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15. Vietnamese Chicken Salad

A fresh, healthy and light meal to usher in summer.

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DESSERT

16. Cauliflower and Raspberry Cheesecake

Cauliflower might seem like a strange dessert ingredient, but this delicious and healthy alternative to a traditional cheesecake recipe will ensure your kids get their share of vegetables.

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17. Healthy Chocolate Truffle Balls

If you’re looking for a healthy after dinner treat you can’t go past these chocolate truffles. They are a fantastic alternative to a brownie or other chocolate goodies. These can be gluten free as well, just leave out the oats.

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18. Cranberry and Apple Compote

Make this delicious recipe even healthier by swapping out the caster sugar for agave or maple syrup. Cranberry will give you a great dose of various nutrients and antioxidants, while apples are great for fibre.

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