People often feel that a healthy diet is synonymous to permanently letting go of tasty food. Well! You could not be more wrong. Healthy food doesn’t necessarily have to include strict, boring, dietary food, or depriving yourself of the dishes you love. Rather, it’s more about having meals that provide more energy, improves health, and boosts your mood.
With so much nutritional information circulating out there, it can be challenging to make sure you are getting the necessary nutrients each day. But don’t worry. Below we have compiled a list of some very popular and equally lip smacking recipes that will not only diminish those unbearable hunger pangs, but also adhere to your healthy diet standards.
1. Pumpkin Ginger Bread
Pumpkin Ginger Bread is made with healthy ingredients like apple sauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and pomegranate seeds. Every bite of this bread is infused with essence of ginger and cinnamon, added with the sweet taste of pumpkin.
Hummus, the perfect dip for pita bread (made of whole wheat, obviously!) and raw veggies, and is one of the most popular healthy dishes in Middle Eastern Countries. It is a delicious amalgamation of chickpeas, sesame paste, garlic, olive oil and salt. The creaminess of this dip is enough to make you say ‘yummmm…’ Hummus is enriched with proteins, vitamins, and minerals along with some unsaturated fats.
Tabbouleh is a traditional Middle Eastern style salad that is made up of chopped onion, tomatoes, bulgur, parsley seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Tabbouleh is rich in fiber, unsaturated fats, protein, vitamin C and variety of minerals, making it as an excellent choice for health conscious people.
Tahini is mixed powder or dip made of sesame seeds. It is extremely common in Middle Eastern countries to make use of sesame seeds in most of their foods. According to a survey done by Iranian researchers, regularly consuming sesame seeds for six weeks decreased cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure levels. When eaten in moderation, Tahini is a great source of protein and minerals.
Labneh is Greek form of yogurt that is made from cow’s milk. It is strained enough to form a thick consistency while ensuring to preserve its sour taste. It is a good source of protein, casein, whey, essential fats, and minerals. It helps in boosting immune system, aiding digestion, and protection from diarrhea.
6. Lentil Soup
Lentil soup in Middle Eastern style is also one of the most common healthy recipes to binge on. It is made up of red and yellow lentils and water along with a dash of cumin, salt and turmeric. It is rich in protein.
7. Vegetable Tagine
Tagine is stew-like recipe that includes tomato gravy with chickpeas and raisins as its primary ingredients. This recipe is rich in fiber and anti-oxidants, making it a good choice for health conscious people.
Quinoa is one of the most popular health food, particularly popular among health conscious people. It is gluten-free, high in protein and one of those few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids including fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, vitamin E and various beneficial anti-oxidants.
Healthy eating habits are hard to commit to, but once you start including these tasty dishes in your meal, overtime you would get used to it, and eventually, both you and your body will fall in love with them.
Peter Barron, a personal fitness trainer in Dubai helps people to lead a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and good nutrition. He has been working with clients and helping them to change their lifestyles and achieve their goals for the past 10 years.