9 Deliciously Healthy Meal Ideas

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Feeling overwhelmed by what healthy meals you can cook? Healthy eating is more than just making a recipe here and there; it’s about finding what will work for you and your household long term. Whether you’re following a vegetarian diet, vegan lifestyle or are a meat eater there are some healthy meal ideas for all in this post.

Please note: if you have a very specific diet or health condition, consult a medical professional to understand whether these meal ideas are right for you.

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. This is because you haven’t eaten anything overnight and therefore need to replenish your supply of glucose and other essential nutrients. If done correctly, breakfast is the meal that will provide you will the energy you need for the day. Here are three of my favourite healthy breakfast ideas.

Blueberry oatmeal muffins (Vegetarian)

Sonja and Alex’s gluten free blueberry oatmeal muffins take 10 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes to cook and require the following ingredients:

  • Rolled oats
  • Ripe bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Eggs
  • Neutral oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Spices, baking powder, and baking soda

This breakfast is particularly healthy as its made with 2 cups rolled oats. Oats are a great source of fibre and can reduce your risk of heart disease. It also contains two different types of fruit (banana and blueberries).

Blueberry muffins recipe

Mushroom hash with poached eggs (Vegetarian)

The recipe for mushroom hash with poached eggs comes from BBC Good Food. This meal will take 17 minutes to cook and requires the following:

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Onions
  • Closed cup mushrooms
  • Thyme leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Smoked paprika
  • Omega seed mix
  • Eggs

This healthy breakfast is full of nutrition benefits. Mushrooms are a great source of zinc (good for healthy skin), tomato’s are full of vitamin C, and eggs are a source of high quality protein and vitamin B2.

Banana smoothie (Vegan)

This almond milk banana smoothie recipe from Olive takes 5 minutes to make and required the following ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Porridge oats 
  • Almond milk
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ice cubes

Almond milk is a good vegan source of calcium, a natural source of vitamin E, and is also rich in good fats, which promote a healthy heart and keep you feeling full. 


HEALTHY lunch IDEAS

Chicken and leek pie

Olive Magazine’s chicken and leek pie recipe can be cooked for either lunch or tea, prepared in advance and takes 40 minutes to cook. Here’s the ingredients you will need for this recipe:

  • Spray olive oil 
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Chicken breasts
  • Flour
  • Half-fat crème fraîche
  • Chicken stock
  • Ciabatta
  • Flat-leaf parsley
  • Green beans

This low calorie recipe is full of good stuff. Chicken is viewed as one of the healthiest meats due to its lean nature (meaning it has lots of protein but very little fat), it’s also full of calcium and phosphorous. The green beans and leeks involved in this meal are a good source of iron, vitamins A, C and K

Sweet potato chips with simple salsa (Vegan)

This sweet potato recipe from the NHS website takes up to 35 minutes to cook, can easily serve 4, and involves the following ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • Red onion or spring onions
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato purée
  • Ground black pepper

Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to chips or tortillas. They are a rich source of fibre and contain an array of vitamins and minerals (including iron, selenium, B vitamins and vitamin C).

Sweet potato fries recipe

Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Robins recipe for tarragon chicken salad sandwiches is a picnic-friendly meal option for every household. Give this recipe a try with the following ingredients:

  • Chicken breast
  • Canola mayonnaise
  • Celery
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh tarragon
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground black pepper
  • Green leaf lettuce leaves
  • Whole-grain bread slices
  • Tomato

Whole grain bread is much healthier than white bread. This is because whole -grain contains all parts of the grain kernel. Whereas, refined grains (used to make white bread, have had the fiber-dense bran and the nutrient-rich germ processed out.


HEALTHY Dinner IDEAS

Quick Shrimp Puttanesca

This low-calorie shrimp puttanesca recipe takes 15 minutes to create and requires these ingredients:

  • Linguine noodles
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Large shrimp
  • Tomato sauce
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Kalamata olives
  • Capers
  • Salt

This meal contains 36 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fibre leaving you feeling fuller for longer. Consider using whole-wheat linguine and low-salt tomato sauce to make this meal even healthier.

Primavera Stuffed Chicken

This primavera stuffed chicken recipe is my fave! It looks delicious, tastes amazing and is pretty healthy too. Here’s the ingredients you will need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Red onion
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Chopped parsley

Its important to eat lots of colour in your diet. The different colours in vegetables indicate the different nutrients that the vegetables has. The nutrients in vegetables and fruits work together to protect against cancer, heart disease, vision loss, hypertension and other diseases.

Five-Bean Chili (Vegetarian)

This five bean chili recipe takes over an hour to cook but can provide meals for days later. You will need the following ingredients:

  • Canola oil
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Tomato paste
  • Minced fresh garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Spanish smoked paprika
  • Kale
  • Vegetable broth
  • Red bell peppers
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Unsalted black beans
  • Unsalted kidney beans
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Unsalted Great Northern beans
  • Unsalted pinto beans

Beans are one of the most underrated foods. They offer an excellent source of fiber, protein, B vitamins and many other vitamins and minerals. There‘s also growing evidence that they can help reduce blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels and help maintain a healthy gut.


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