Get healthy – 5 healthy recipes you are going to love

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

In our modern society, lots of people have developed a sweet tooth. According to Healthy WA, 41 % of children’s daily energy intake, and 35 % of adults daily energy intake comes from junk food.

Many believe that healthy eating is expensive and find that unhealthy foods taste better than healthy foods. However, a research project led by Professor Amanda Lee, found that healthy foods actually are cheaper than buying junk foods. Further more, if you are eating lots of junk food, you need to give yourself time to develop your taste buds into liking healthy foods again.

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is vital to your health, body, mind and wellbeing.

Last week, we provided our top 5 tips for healthy eating on a student budget. Today, we will provide our top 5 healthy recipes you are going to love.

Health benefits of eating well

Unhealthy eating can have serious negative effects on your body and health. Some side effects from eating junk food and processed food include: headaches, anxiety, depression, dental distress, acne, shortness of breath, weight gain, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and blood pressure.

In our previous article, we talked about the five major food groups recommended by the Australian Guide To Healthy Eating, providing key nutrients that your body needs.

Vegetables and legumes

You should include vegetables and legumes in your diet. Leafy greens are rich in minerals and vitamins, vital to maintaining a healthy body and mind. They are also a natural source of fibre and naturally low in calories making them ideal for weight management. Legumes and beans are rich in healthy nutrients such as dietary fibre, calcium, iron, potassium and should be included as part of a balanced diet.

Fruits and berries

You should eat two serves of fruits and berries a day, choosing a colourful assortment of fruits. Eating a diet rich in fresh produce help us stay healthy and may reduce risk for type-2 diabetes and protect against certain cancers.

Whole grains

A research summary, lead by The Oldways Whole Grains Council, revealed that eating whole grains support good health. Some health benefits associated with eating whole grains include better weight maintenance and reduced risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and colorectal cancer. Aim for brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa and 100 % whole wheat produce.

Lean meats, poultry and fish

Variety is the key to a balanced diet. Lean meats, poultry and fish are a good source of protein with lower calorie content, important to muscles growth.

Dairy products

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend including dairy products such as, milk, yogurt and cheese every day as part of a balanced diet. Dairy products are a good source of many nutrients and provide calcium which boost your immune system.

Our top 5 healthy recipes

Beneath are our top 5 favourite low effort and healthy dinner recipes.

1: Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

This delicious low-carb and low-calorie recipe only takes minutes to prepare. Zucchini is rich in dietary fibre, manganese and vitamin C that help to keep the heart strong. Shrimp are primarily made of protein, supporting muscle growth.

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2: Prawn & Salmon Burgers with Spicy Mayo

Being rich in omega-3, this tasty and healthy recipe only takes 25 minutes to prepare. A diet rich in omega-3s can fight depression and anxiety, improve eye health and fight inflammation.

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3: Thai Chicken Curry

This yummy Thai Chicken Curry is packed with nutrition and only takes 35 minutes to prepare. Eating chicken provides your body with essential protein, minerals and vitamins and help support a healthy body weight and weight loss.

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4: 30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

As the title suggest, this recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Pork as well as, beef, lamb, chicken and fish, also has high protein containing, which maintain the body strength and immune. Eating sweet potatoes are considered healthy and decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

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5: One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Only taking 10 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook, this healthy recipe is a winner. With quinoa being high in fibre and protein, good for blood sugar control and high in iron and magnesium, this dish is packed with nutrient value.

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If you are looking into changing your diet, these healthy recipes are a great starting point. There are plenty of healthy food suggestions out there. If you feel like you are stuck, a quick Google search could provide you with new inspiration and many tasty healthy recipes. Remember, a healthy diet is not only vital to maintaining your weight. It is also essential to your health, body and mind.

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