My best banana muffins recipe is so easy, you have to try it!
In my home we have bananas all the time as part of our diet and for all the benefits they have, so cooking up a batch of banana muffins just seems natural.
Let’s begin by looking at the banana’s benefits; To mention few of them, the potassium we can get eating a banana every day, another attribute is the soluble fiber to support the digestive system, and other great benefits are the vitamins B6 and C we obtain from this great fruit, without mentioning the amount of energy for our body eating bananas.
Bananas are available during all seasons, because they don’t have specific time of the year to grow, therefore we can rely on them to cook any recipe.
Before I share my Banana Muffins recipe with you, I would like to tell a little bit more about why I like them. I enjoy having a cup of coffee every afternoon when I am reading as a hobby, although coffee by itself it is not as good as with something to eat. So I cook a healthy snack to have my cuppa with, without any worry to gain weight and at the same time satisfy my sugar craving.
Let’s share with you an easy Banana Muffins recipe. This recipe is healthy and easy to cook, even Banana Muffins are a great option for kids take to school.
This Banana Muffins recipe is to prepare six muffins.
Now we have all the ingredients ready to prepare Banana Muffins!
Turn the oven on to preheat at 170 centigrade, while we are mixing all the ingredients.
Get a plate and smash both bananas with a folk until they are completely creamy.
In the main mixing bowl, blend with a whisk the gluten free flour, protein powder, baking powder, salt and crash walnuts until all of them are entirely mixed.
The bowl where you smash bananas add the coconut oil, then the honey and keep stirring. And last add the egg and mix all the ingredients to combine them completely.
Now, we put the combination of the smashed bananas with the other ingredients into the dry mixture, and mix both mixtures with the whisk until we have blended them completely. I use a spatula to not waste any mixture.
We have the mixture done to fill the liners up, distribute the liners in a muffin tin, then with a help of two spoons place the mixture inside of the six liners.
The oven has been heating from the start of preparation of our banana muffins mixture, therefore we are ready to place the muffin tin into the oven for around 15 mins.
When the 15 mins are over, we insert a knife in one of the banana muffins to be sure they have cooked well. It should come out dry.
That’s it. How easy was that!
Eat a Banana Muffin with your favourite hot drink. Put your feet up, get a book as your company and enjoy them!
I had fun making these muffins; Watch me throw the recipe together below, and let me know in the comments if you enjoy them too, or even if they make you laugh too:)
If you're looking for some healthy options for main meals as well, give these 31 easy clean eating recipes a try.
I love chocolate in any form, especially in cold weather when I want to have a cup of black coffee with something sweet to complement each other.
Dark chocolate is one of the best options, because it has different properties which help with your mood, contains antioxidants, antidepressant properties, etc.
For these reasons I decided to make my own chocolate muffin, gluten free and also with some protein for longer satisfaction and less cravings during the day.
I like training, and eating, and I have to find the way that I can enjoy eating in a healthy way. So, a this recipe is great alternative to have at home, with your friends, take it with you for you morning or afternoon tea, and why not to prepare for a party to share with your guests.
Chocolate muffin is easy to make it please see below the recipe and share it with your friends.
This recipe is to prepare six muffins.
Let’s prepare this delicious treat!
Turn the oven on to preheat at 170 centigrade.
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients including the gluten free flour, protein powder, chocolate powder, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix all of them with a spoon or a whisk.
If your coconut oil is hard you can melt it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Then mix in a new bowl, the honey with the coconut oil until both of them are combined, add the egg and keep mixing it.
Now, add the coconut oil mixture to the dry ingredients prepared before to combine them, then add the dark chocolate chips with the coffee (cold coffee) and mix well.
Get the muffin tin and spray it with oil if you don’t want to use the muffin liners. This time I used muffin liners, because It is easy to take the finished muffins with me, when I go out.
With a spoon, get the mixture and fill up the muffin liners, or oiled baking tray to distribute for six muffins. Then place the tin in the oven and leave them to bake for around 15 minutes to be fully baked.
After the 15 minutes check one of the muffins with a little knife in the middle to be sure it is cooked. They knife should come out dry, without any sticky mixture on it.
If they’re done, take them out, prepare your black coffee or tea, and enjoy a delicious chocolate muffin for afternoon or morning tea.
I think that this will be a real great recipe, because of how popular muffins have become in the last few years for different events such as birthday parties, weddings, baby shower; etc.
One of the reasons is they look fantastic and attractive depending on the party theme.
Muffins make it easier for the guests and the host to get their own portion of the cake. This means no-one has to cut the cake and no-one has to wait!
If you decorated the muffins they will look very inviting for kids’ eyes, and will look great in photo’s.
In my case, I try to make them healthier and so I didn’t put any frosting on. Although I put the mixture in a beautiful muffin liner, and trust me they looked fantastic.
I can host a party with clean eating recipes including the cakes!
Scones have been a popular snack to have with a cup of tea. Originally known as quick bread in Scotland, it became part of the afternoon tea tradition in England and extended to other countries.
Scones became popular when one afternoon Anna, the Duchess of Bedfords (1788-1861), servants brought some sweets and bread including scones, and she was delighted by them.
My mother in law lived in the country for long time, and as a country woman she used to cook everything to feed her family. Within her recipes were scones, which was like a tradition in her family.
My husband told me how much he enjoyed having scones with black tea with his dad in a winter afternoon, while they were working on the cattle station.
These were nice memories for my hubby from his time growing in the bush. Mums usually know their kids who-ever they are, and my mother in law is not an exception so she wrote a scone recipe for her son to prepare.
I enjoy so much asking people for different recipes, and I organised all the recipes from my mother in law and kept them in a safe place. The reason I like them so much is that everything looks so easy to make including great baking recipes, and scones are not an exception.
This afternoon there was a really cold snap here, and I cooked some gluten free scones to have with my husband for an afternoon tea treat.
I made the scones lactose free, as I am intolerance to gluten and lactose, so I followed the original recipe, but I did a few changes to suit my diet and healthy lifestyle.
We really enjoyed the gluten free scones and I want you have a healthy snack for cold weather or for any day really. Gluten free scones recipe is easy and quick to make.
I hope you like it as well.
The first step is to put your favourite music on, before you start to bake the gluten free scones, that way it’s really relaxing to cook.
Then preheat the oven at 150 degrees.
In a bowl, mix the gluten free flour, protein powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and pinch of salt. I mixed with my wooden spoon that my father made for me.
In a separate bowl, put the thickened cream, coconut oil and the honey, and with the mixer combined them until they all become one texture.
Put the dry ingredients into the mixture and mix slowly until it becomes a dough. If you find it very dry, add the lactose free milk to moisturize the dough to the point than the dough doesn’t stick in the mixture and becomes easy to work with.
Get a baking tray and spray it with olive oil or cover it with baking paper. I usually do the last option, as I like cooking with as little oil as possible.
Then get the dough, put it on the bench (I through some flour on the bench before hand to prevent the dough sticking on the bench) and roll the dough to get a measure of two centimetres thick.
To get the shape of the gluten free scones I got a glass and greased it around the rim with coconut oil to make easy get every scone. Just push it into the rolled mixture, to cut out each scone.
Tip: When you put the glass into the dough, don’t twist it around. The reason for this is, it makes the gluten free scone mixture tough when cooked. Just put the glass into the dough to get the shape and place the scones on the tray.
Now, we have all the gluten free scone’s cut, put all of the them on the tray, with one and a half centimetre’s between each scone, and place the tray into the oven for 10 mins at 150 degrees. Then turn the oven to 100 degrees, and leave the scones baking for 10 more minutes.
I usually check one of the scones with a knife before taking them out of the oven to be sure if they are cooked properly.
And finally, get your gluten free scone, cut it in the middle put a spoon of honey and thickened cream, and enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee.
I have them with cup of ginger tea.
I hope you enjoy cooking gluten free scones with protein and sharing them with your family or friends, or why not with yourself and the music?
For another easy to cook, healthy snack, check out my gluten free banana cake recipe
What inspired me to come up with a Gluten Free Banana Cake Recipe?
Well, I went to the markets with my hubby, and we bought a big box of bananas for a great price, as my husband loves them and the price was just so great, he decided to get the whole box.
Then I had to work out how we were going to eat them all before they went off.
I often follow recipes from my family, books or the internet. I decided this time to create my own gluten free banana cake recipe, with the healthy ingredients, to surprise my hubby for his birthday.
And it’s even better to be able to have this banana cake as a healthy snack without getting sick or feeling guilty for this treat.
Bananas have a lot of benefits. They are rich in potassium, B6, help to combat depression, etc.
Also, bananas are a great fruit for sports people, because it helps to recover the electrolytes, and prevent cramps.
In addition bananas are easy to find all year round, and anyone can eat easily.
OK, now, I’ll share with you all, my amazing gluten free banana cake recipe.
Preheat the oven at 175O before you start to prepare your delicious gluten free banana cake!
Put 4 bananas into the blender with all the eggs and the flax seed (that have been toasted in a pan previously without any oil and at low temperature) blend these three ingredients until you get a smoothie.
Put the smoothie into a bowl and add the coconut oil and mix them with the mix master.
Then add the honey or maple syrup and keep mixing until the honey and the coconut oil have been combined with the smoothie.
In a separate bowl, mix the almond meal, husk psyllium, poppy seeds, sesame seed (toasted in a low heat in a pan without oil), protein vanilla powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, bicarbonate of soda and the baking powder.
I mix all the ingredients with the wisk, although some people may prefer to use a wooden spoon.
Gradually, mix the dry ingredients into the banana smoothie previously prepared. Just a bit at a time, and keep mixing with the mix master.
Repeat the same process until all the ingredients have been combined, and then add the almond unsweet milk to moisturize the mixture.
When all the ingredients are mixed put all the peanuts or the nuts that you want to use into the mix, I use peanuts and mix with the wooden spoon.
The mixture is ready to put into a tin, measuring 20 cm by 20 cm.
Take the other two bananas, cut them into slices and put one of them at the end of the tin. Then add the mixture and the other sliced banana. Put them in the top of the mixture and your gluten free banana mixture is ready to put into the oven.
I bake the cake at 175 Degrees for 45 minutes, then I turn the temperature down to 150 and leave for one hour.
I check the cake by inserting a knife in the middle to look it is ready. You will know it is cooked enough, when the knife comes out clean.
Leave the cake to cool down, before putting it on the tray, and enjoy a gluten free banana cake!
Some ideas about how we eat it are for breakfast, heated up with butter or as a dessert after dinner.
This Gluten free banana cake lasts for just 5 days, so enjoy while it’s fresh.
My hubby really loved this cake, and it’s so healthy, being full of natural ingredients, that I didn’t even feel guilty feeding it to him.
This is a great recipe for a treat or dessert, although if you are looking for a main meal check out my 31 easy clean eating recipes.
And I love it too. It’s so easy to make, really clean healthy eating. I should have called it my really lovely guilt free healthy cake!
I hope that you try it, and I’d love you to leave me a note in the comments below, to let me know if you enjoyed it too?
Every night when I arrive at home after a long day at work I just want to have a healthy meal for dinner, without too many calories. Although at the end of the week I am starting to get tired and just want to prepare an easy meal that doesn’t take a lot of time and effort..
I’m guessing you probably feel the same some days.
It is why I want to share with you this healthy pizza recipe, as I know at the end of the week our families want to enjoy a healthy pizza without worrying about calories.
After we have of the ingredients for our healthy pizza we are ready to start cooking.
Firstly, I cook the mincemeat in the pan with a spoon of coconut oil until it is browned. You can let the meat cook while you are cutting up the veggies, just to minimize the preparation time.
At the same time the meat starts cooking, turn the oven on to 150 Centigrade to pre-heat the oven.
Then, we spread the Bolognese sauce over the wholemeal bread, and then spread the tomatoes, onion and capsicum. Add the cooked mincemeat, and finally sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.
Your healthy pizza is ready to put into the oven to cook for around 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Keep an eye on it while cooking, to make sure it’s not overdone.
Your healthy Pizza meal is done, remove, cut into pieces and serve. Bon Appetite.
If you want to stay with the healthy pizza base, but experiment with different toppings to add some variety, that’s really easy. Just chop up and add some of your favourite foods as a topping ingredient. For some extra inspiration with this, take a look at these suggestions nine gourmet pizza toppings
I like this recipe without much sauce, but if you like more a more saucy pizza, then don’t use the spoon of bolognese sauce, and try this pizza sauce recipe instead. It’s really tasty, and you can make up a large container of sauce beforehand, to keep ready for when you’re cooking pizza, so it is still really easy to throw together a quick but healthy meal.
That’s my favourite because it’s so easy to prepare, healthy and tasty, so it ticks all my boxes. If you try this and would like to try some other different pizza recipes, then take a look at some of the following recipes that I’ve enjoyed as well;
Gluten Free Mini Pizza; This is a really good option for you if, like me, you're gluten intolerant, and need to control how much of it you eat.
Add all your own choice of toppings, to keep it really healthy or cheat a little and add some extra treats that you can burn off later.
Grain free gluten free pizza; Completely guiltless pizza is hard to imagine, but this is surely it!
Made entirely from vegetables, including a cauliflower base, and just 600 calories in a whole pizza, this tasty recipe is truly guilt free.
Gluten free quinoa pizza treat; Yet another gluten free option, easy on the stomach, but packed full of great tasting goodness.
Quinoa is one of my favourite super foods, and the recipe for this savory snack is just so quick and easy.
For more recipes using the high protein quinoa super food, try these three recipes.
Gluten free chicken tandoori; The chicken breast provides a really nice protein boost to this recipe. Add as much as you like, for a really filling meal.
You can see how easy it is to get creative with healthy pizza recipes, just mixing and matching any of your favourite healthy foods on a healthy base. Make your pizza as big and filling, or just a small snack depending on what you're feeling like.
You really can enjoy your food, and stay in great shape as well. It's not as hard as it's sometimes made out to be. Just make some smart choices!
Stay healthy, love your life, and bon apatite.
Preservatives, chemicals, additives, all included in food that you find in packets, tins, boxes and other forms of pre-packaging, making your food toxic. Make it easier on yourself and stay away from pre-packaged food, by preparing lovely fresh clean eating recipes. That way the efforts you put into training and staying in shape will show results faster, you’ll have more energy, and improve or even get rid of allergy problems that so many people are experiencing more regularly, many of which are diet induced.
I understand, we’ve all got busy lives, and it sometimes seems much easier to be eating pre-packaged meals, rather than preparing fresh food. The reality is that it’s not really much easier at all. Once you’ve mastered preparation of easy healthy cooking, you’ll be able to prepare tasty meals that are packed full of nutrients to help you perform better throughout the day, assist with weight loss or maintenance, keep you feeling much better generally, and it all won’t take much more time or effort.
To help you plan a months worth of healthy eating, all with simple preparation, and ease of cooking in mind, I’ve created this list of thirty-one easy clean eating recipes to get you started. With these easy recipes, you can mix the meals around and always have something new and delicious to try on every day of the month.
These are some of my favourite recipes, and all from great healthy living and cooking sites where you’ll also be sure to find more recipes that make your mouth water. Click the title link of each recipe, to get full details on ingredients and preparation. I think you’ll find yourself bookmarking these sites in your favourites, to return for more, like I have!
This delicious and simple roast meal is a traditional favourite, and I love that in this recipe it’s being done using the slow cooker, which is a great time saver when you’re trying to fit healthy eating into an already busy life.
Just put the ingredients together into the slow cooker, switch it on, get on with life, and a few hours later it’s cooked to perfection. Apart from it’s convenience, I find that preparing meals with the slow cooker, really helps the food soak up the herbs and spices you’ve added, and makes for a delicious feast.
An easy to make refreshing juice, that’s packed full of vitamins to get your day started right. I love ginger added to pretty much anything, and a good chunk of fresh ginger added into this gives it a great spicy taste, with added immune boosting properties.
A glass of this juice will really fill you up, and help keep any cravings for sweets at bay.
Again with this recipe we’re using one of my absolute favourite cooking appliances, the slow cooker! This brings your cooking time down to pretty much nil, while still delivering a delicious tasty, and super healthy meal.
There’s some great ingredients in this soup, that I just love, including sweet potato which is healthy and a great addition to so many meals, black beans which are a great source of protein and chili which helps with digestion and adds a great bite to the dish.
Personally when I’m making this recipe I also add in a few tea spoons of vegeta stock, which is super healthy and helps to thicken the soup a bit more.
We’re still using the slow cooker here in this recipe, which is great, because it’s a huge time saver, and I did call this ” easy clean eating recipes” When you cook meat in the slow cooker, it cooks the meat in it’s juices, leaving it really nice and tender, so cooking chicken breast this way won’t dry the chicken out like frying or roasting can. The honey added to this recipe makes the chicken meat really sweet tasting, but it’s still all natural and healthy. Again, I like to add a few tea spoons of vegeta stock to this recipe, sprinkled over the chicken meat for some extra goodness.
With chili, jalapenos and beans in the ingredients of this easy recipe, I just knew that I’d love it. I’ve called it divine, because that’s what it is. With just the right amount of spice, next to no fat, and loads of protein, what’s not to love! And, it’s prepared in the slow cooker meaning that yet again, you can leave it cook, take off to spend your day however you please, and still have a tasty dinner ready to serve when you’re home.
6. Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is widely hailed as a super food, as it’s packed full of so much goodness. I love cooking with quinoa as it’s so tasty and completely guilt free. As far as clean eating recipes go, this one is simple and versatile. You can prepare this salad as a side dish, or to take with you as something extra to eat as a light meal.
This is a great alternative to a traditional lasagna. It’s really low in carbs and fats, with a big serve of protein, to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. Despite being low in fats, compared to a traditional lasagna, it’s still surprisingly creamy and super tasty. You can swap the turkey breast for chicken, but that will lower the protein a bit, and it’s a nice way to mix in some turkey breast meat into your diet, so I prepare this recipe as written.
We’re back using the slow cooker! I love a good nutritious soup, and this recipe is a really easy one. I like to add some fresh chopped ginger to this recipe for some extra taste. I think ginger is great in just about anything. If it’s summer time and you don’t want a hot meal, no problem, this soup is delicious cold too.
When you are looking for a quick snack, just don’t feel like a heavy meal, or need something easy to share, this super tasty nachos dish is perfect.
This is a really filling soup, that’s got many of my favorite ingredients in it. Sweet potato, Ginger, coconut milk, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and almonds. This recipe has enough ingredients listed to make a soup for six to eight people, so you can cut back a bit if you are making it for less, or simply keep the leftovers, which make a great meal either cold, or re-heated. So, you’ve got healthy dinner and lunch the following day already taken care of.
11. Coconut Flour Pancakes Ok, this recipe is a lovely treat that you can have when you are craving something sweet. There’s no need to run for a cake loaded with sugar, when you can prepare tasty pancakes like these, that use raw honey to add some extra sweetness. Just don’t cover them with a sugar loaded jams and you’ll have taken care of your sweet tooth without affecting your healthy diet.
12. Shepherds Pie
If you are looking for some great comfort food, then this tasty shepherds pie is just the thing. using sweet potato means we’re using one of my favorite vegetables, and you can really add any of your favorite spices into this pie to add some personal flavour to it.
We’re using the great slow cooker again with this recipe, so you know that you’ll get a great healthy meal, prepared quickly and easily, with very little time actually spent in the cooking. Just prepare, leave for about eight hours, and when you get home from the gym, there’s your lovely roast dinner waiting for you. It can’t get much better than that.
I like to add some fresh chopped ginger into the slow cooker along with the meat. Just make small slices in the meat and push some chopped ginger in, and leave to cook. I think this adds a great flavor to the meat, and I still also use the bay leaves as per the recipe.
Clean eating recipes can be fun too, and you don’t have to give up on having decadent treats, just to be following your “clean eating diet”. This recipe has been created for a really easy treat to whip up for one. you can obviously make it for more if you like, but if you’re really just feeling like giving yourself a little indulgent treat, then I recommend trying this one!
15. Raw Brownies
We’re using cocoa again in this recipe. It’s one of my favorite ingredients when I’m craving something sweet for my taste buds. This is really easy to make, with no cooking time required. It’s a really great recipe, because you can make a good batch of these, and keep them in the fridge for when you are feeling like a small treat.
You just can’t go past a great steak when you’re feeling really hungry and looking for a protein hit. I love the marinade in this recipe, which adds such a great flavour to the meat. I’d suggest that you add this marinade to whatever cut of steak you like the best, as some people would find a flank steak to be too tough. I like a nice rump steak myself, and the flavours in this recipe will go well with any cut of steak. Serve it with a salad, or your favourite vegetables, and you’ll have a satisfying meal, with loads of good nutrients.
The fresh lime juice in this recipe, gives it a great taste and really contrasts with the red pepper. Chicken is a great meat to eat cold as well, so if you’re taking a healthy lunch to work, then a chicken breast prepared like this, along with some spicy rice, is a really healthy option that will give you a great serve of protein with carbs from the rice. you could swap the rice for a salad if you want to, but if you’re training hard, then some nice clean carbs like you’ll get from a serve of rice, will help keep your energy levels up.
18. Fajita Stir Fry
Fajita’s are a popular Mexican dish, that have a great spicy taste. It’s easy to get a mix of protein with your vegetables in this dish. I think it’s a pretty easy meal to prepare, and not overly filling, so it’s great if you’re looking for something quick and light to eat.
This is a super simple sea food dish that is filling and tasty. I like to cook the salmon for about 30 minutes, not 15 minutes as the recipe suggests, but you can adjust the cooking time to suite how well you like fish cooked through. Also depending on what side dish of vegetables you might want to bake with this, you can add them before or after you’ve started the salmon cooking.
Sometimes I find myself just craving fish, and salmon is a great healthy choice to satisfy my craving with. It’s a great change from meat dishes for dinner, or lunch.
Clean eating recipes don’t get much easier than sweet potato soup, and it’s one of my favourites. You can cook up a big pot of it and keep refrigerated to heat up for days. It’s perfect to put together with leftovers from other meals, and whether you do that or on it’s own it’s a really delicious dish whether served as an entree or main.
You can feel free to add whatever herbs and spices that are your favourites to this recipe. Personally I add some ground chilies and some mixed spices. I also don’t use a blender to mash the sweet potato, just a regular old potato masher does the job just fine.
Back to using my favourite kitchen appliance, the slow cooker. Again this recipe is simple, and once you’ve prepared the ingredients and put them in the slow cooker, you can just turn it on, and get on with whatever else you’ve planned for the day, knowing that you will have a delicious healthy dinner ready to come home to.
I use chicken breast for this recipe myself, and I usually leave the slow cooker on auto for between six to eight hours. It’s probably well cooked before then, but that’s just how I do it, because I prepare it in the morning, put it on to cook and then am out for most of the day.
You can add other herbs and spices to this dish as well, if you’d like to heat it up a bit, or add some different tastes.
A roasted fish dish makes a lovely dinner, and this recipe really adds some nice flavor to the cod. I like to add more vegetables into the roasting dish, usually some sweet potato, carrots, broccoli and even some sliced onions to add a different taste to the dish.
I really like this recipe as a change from meat dishes. It’s light and refreshing, but still satisfying and packed with good nutrients. You can try adding your own spices to the fish too, just to change it up sometimes.
This recipe is a great option to cook in bulk and keep stored for your meals through a few days. That way you’ll have a good clean eating option prepared, and won’t need to cheat. The recipe is enough for four servings, but I usually add more ingredients and save for tasty lunches.
I really like the spicy cayenne pepper, and the paprika added to the chicken, which adds some heat and is great for digestion as well. I always add the suggested honey in, for some sweetness mixed with the spices, but sometimes leave the mustard out.
This dish has a bit of an exotic sounding name, but it’s still really simple to make. It’s a vegetarian dish, using eggs, so I’d usually try this for breakfast. That’s really for no other reason then that I like to have eggs to start the day. I find that they fill you up to prepare you for the day ahead, and I like just the thought of all the vitamins that you’re getting out of eggs first up in the day. But if you prefer, you can try this dish for lunch or dinner, perhaps with a side salad.
I really like the way that Tori has shared this recipe, giving the history behind it, and even a run down complete with images of the cool restaurant in Israel where’s she’s eaten the dish several times. It’s really nice to have a whole story behind the recipe, and I just love a historic tale. It’s a theme throughout her site, and I can get lost there for ages reading, so go check it out!
This recipe is really good as a light meal on it’s own, or you can prepare it as a side to have with with meat for some extra protein. I usually have this with a fried steak or chicken breast, and I can throw some extra spices onto the meat of chicken to make sure they’re equally tasty.
It’s really easy to make, and another great option to make some extra and store and use as a side dish with further meals. If you maximise what you can do with each recipe, then you’ll cut down your cooking time massively, making it easy to stick with your clean eating diet plan.
Try this great omelette recipe for a healthy breakfast. Sometimes you can get tired of eating eggs the same way every morning, and mixing it up with a dish like this will keep your palette entertained, while still sticking to that clean eating recipes promise you made to yourself.
The chili add a bite to the eggs, and is great for your digestion. I also like to add some turmeric, and if I’m feeling like something super spicy, a bit of cayenne pepper. You can add the omelette on top of toast for some extra carbs to get your day started with plenty of energy.
Adding eggs to this salad has made it a winner for me, because it’s so much more filling with the eggs, and they’re also adding lots of vitamins to give you a boost. The bacon mixed through chicken breast pieces is just so yummy, and makes this dish really tasty to eat, even if you’ve taken it for lunch and eating it the day after.
I really like how Lindsay explains this recipe, and while she learned it in Peurto Rico, the plantain is one of my favourite foods from Colombia. If you’re not sure what it is, just think of a green banana that needs to be cooked before eating. Fried plantain is actually great as a side to a steak as well, but mixing it here with a rice and bean dish gives it a real Latin American flavour, which is just great.
This recipe makes a meal which is good for keeping left overs as well, so make some extra and keep it for lunch the next day.
I really like the mix of protein carbs and healthy fats in this recipe, and being lactose intolerant, it’s great that the recipe uses no diary. The coconut milk which is used instead is a much nicer taste I think, and is much better for you. This is such a delicious dish, and really proves that healthy clean eating can still be really scrumptious.
Again, this is a really simple dish to make, and tastes great cold as well, so you can make some extra and keep it for your lunch the following day. Right there you’re cutting down on food prep time, and eating healthy all day!
This is just one of many recipes that I love from Scott and Whitney. They’ve got a huge library of healthy recipes on their site, and some great fitness tips, so you can get caught there for ages browsing.
I just love that Lisa’s whole approach to cooking is to cut out processed food. Keeping your meals full of natural fresh whole foods is a great step towards maintaining a clean eating diet.
Super tasty and also easy to make extra and keep for future meals, this recipe takes a bit more preparation if you do want to make the tortillas fresh from whole corn yourself. But even if you’re not going to do this, it’s still a clean healthy meal to include in your eating plan.
Shepherd’s pie, well this is real comfort food, but it can still be really healthy. I prepare all the vegetables fresh for this recipe, just chopped and diced, so you can include pretty much any vegetable that you like. You can also substitute the ground beef mince with diced chunks of meat which make a really tasty chunky pie.
They say habits are formed by repeating things at least twenty-one consecutive times. So now you’ve got thirty-one healthy clean eating recipes to help you form a good habit.
Eat healthy every day, and your body will thank you!
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Maintain a healthy clean diet, and undertake regular exercise. That’s the simple truth. It’s often made to seem much more difficult than it really is, because there is a massive “weight loss” industry, intent on selling you lots of products. They need to make it seem like it is complex and difficult, except if you purchase their product, which of course will then make it all so simple.
They build the fear, and then promise relief.
And there is no end to the new products that the industry and marketers come up with, each one promising fantastic results, likely to turn your body into that of a world class fitness model. Keep chasing that dream, and you’ll be on a roller coaster of weight loss and gain for ever. That’s how they like it!
The truth is, there is no one plan that is suited to everyone. It depends where you are currently in your weight loss journey, and what your goals are. Clearly someone who needs to lose 50kg and is very unfit will need a different plan, than someone who is only 5kg over their target weight. But the principle’s used in coming up with both plans should be the same; i.e healthy clean diet and regular exercise, to suite each person’s goals.
A healthy diet will fuel your body for exercise, keep your metabolism and digestion working properly, and provide the nutrients that your body needs for a healthy lifestyle.
Selecting the Healthy Eating Plan That’s Right For You
Choosing a diet plan to follow can feel like trying to navigate your way through a maze. It seems like everyone has a different set of rules to follow, and new scientific studies pop up all the time, seeming to debunk long-held beliefs about what’s really healthy. With all of this information coming in, how can you know which diet is right for you?
Popular Modern Diets
Many diet trends have come and gone over the years, but a few continue to hold on with formulas that claim to result in weight loss and better health.
The Atkins Diet
This well-known diet allows few carbohydrates aside from low-starch vegetables, promising that a higher protein intake will cause the body to burn more fat.
Many people do initially experience weight loss, but following the program in the long term may lead to elevated cholesterol levels from eating large quantities of meat and constipation due to lack of fiber.
Both the body and the brain need carbohydrates for energy, and restricting them for too long makes it difficult to support optimal health.
The Blood Type Diet
Also known as “Eat Right For Your Type,” this diet is based on the idea that people with different blood types digest food proteins in different ways. It suggests that eating the wrong types of foods for your blood type is what leads to disease and promises that, if you stick with the right regimen, your health will improve.
With little or no research to back up these claims, it’s hard to tell if the blood type diet has any real benefits.
Restriction or elimination of entire categories of foods and the necessity of following a highly structured diet regimen leave little room for flexibility.
On this diet, the major foods consumed include vegetables, fruits and legumes along with moderate amounts of fish, poultry and red wine. The aim is to mimic the diets of Mediterranean populations whose health is better than that of much of the Western world.
Shifting toward this eating pattern cuts out many foods that are detrimental to health while still offering a great deal of flexibility when it comes to food choices.
Based on the idea that food affects hormones including those that regulate weight, this popular diet advocates a balance of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat.
It claims that this puts the body in an efficient metabolic “zone,” but lacks research to back up this hypothesis.
Some benefits may be seen due to the emphasis on consuming “good” fats, fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grain carbohydrates, but the strict balance of macro-nutrients is difficult for most people to stick with.
What’s the Right Diet For You?
Whether you want to lose weight, maintain weight or support a fitness program, you need to know your caloric requirements before choosing a diet plan.
There are many calculators available to determine your basal metabolic rate, or BMR. Use one of these to get a baseline figure, then multiply by one of the following numbers depending on your activity level:
– Sedentary: 1.2
– Lightly active: 1.375
– Moderately active: 1.55
– Very active: 1.72
The resulting amount is how many calories you should eat per day to maintain weight.
To lose weight, you need to eat at a slight caloric deficit. Eating about 500 calories per day less will allow you to lose 0.5 kilograms per week, which is a safe goal.
However, be careful of dropping your caloric intake too low. Severe caloric restriction puts your body in “starvation mode,” where your brain literally thinks you’re starving and shifts toward fat storage so you have enough energy to get through the perceived famine.
Gradual weight loss is healthier and those who lose weight slowly have an easier time keeping it off than those who go on crash diets.
Any healthy diet program includes physical activity, and protein intake should support the amount and type of exercise that you do every day.
Though there’s a lot of talk about what the “ideal” amount of protein is and whether or not athletes need more, the general recommendation is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight for the average person.
When you’re more active, whether you lift weights, do regular cardiovascular exercise or have a physically demanding job, aim for 1 to 1.4 grams per kilogram.
Once you know how much to eat, how do you choose what to eat to fulfill those requirements?
Notice that one thing most popular diet plans have in common is the reduction or elimination of highly processed foods and foods containing damaging fats.
This includes refined carbohydrates from white flour and sugar, trans fats, high amounts of saturated fat and foods with potentially harmful chemical additives.
Instead, whole, unprocessed foods, preferably from plant sources, should form the basis of any healthy diet plan.
To ensure that you get a full complement of all the nutrients your body needs to function well within your caloric range, aim for a variety of different fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains every day. Include healthy fats such as those found in nuts, seeds and avocados. Choose lean protein sources over those with high amounts of saturated fat. Replace soft drinks with pure water and green or herbal tea to cut down on added sugars.
Eating this way allows for the flexibility necessary to stick with any dietary regimen.
The foods you eat should not only support your health but also appeal to your tastes, or else you’re not going to want to keep eating them.
Think of a healthy diet plan as more of a lifestyle change than a traditional diet.
You’re aiming for something that can be sustained in the long term to provide the maximum amount of health benefits. Be wary of any plan that relies heavily on supplements and pre-packaged foods. While these might provide some benefits in the short term, they’re rarely sustainable as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The best thing you can do when making changes to the way you eat is to keep it simple.
Start by picking one meal to focus on, such as breakfast, and giving it a healthy makeover. Then progress to other main meals and begin to incorporate nutritious snacks such as fruit and nuts.
For some delicious healthy recipe’s, that use the popular super food quinoa, which provides you with a tasty nutritious protein hit, try these simple dishes;
Over time, you’ll establish habits that become second nature and you’ll find yourself making better food choices.
Establishing a healthy lifestyle is a process that takes time, but the payoffs are well worth the effort. You’ll enjoy decreased rates of illness, sustained weight loss and a better overall quality of life.
Quinoa: Some delicious meals using this little understood superfood
Quinoa is one of the more interesting of the newest crop of so-called “superfoods”. Called a super because of its high protein and dietary fiber content, this delicious grain is also great for those looking for gluten free options. This nutty tasting seed comes from a plant that’s closely related to spinach and tumbleweeds. As its popularity increases many people are asking about recipes for this delicious new high protein offering. That’s what we’re here for. Today, we’ll be looking at some delicious recipes that will make eating healthy a delicious prospect.
In our recipe’s we’ll be using different types of quinoa. A white quinoa which should be used in the smoothie, and a mixed white, red and black quinoa which we’ve used in the other two recipe’s. I like to use certified organic quinoa, as I believe that if you’re looking for maximum benefit from a healthy food, you should look for something that’s organic whenever possible.
The Incas from Peru and Bolivia in South America were among the first to realise that this plant is edible. It was called Inca Gold as in their culture it was thought to give their warriors extra strength. Good enough reason for me to try it!!
Health Benefits of Quinoa
A few of the more notable health benefits of quinoa are;
Now you’ve got a few of the many good reasons why you should be including quinoa in your diet, we’ll get on with the recipe’s.
Looking for a healthy option for dinner but still want big flavour? Well this one will satisfy all your savoury needs while still being a vegetarian option for a classic meaty dish. This delicious, and hearty, meal will make you the bell of the dinner ball.
For this main entre you’ll need:
• 2 capsicums (1 red and 1 green)
• 1 Red Onion chopped
• 1 cup cooking Quinoa (make sure to rinse first before cooking)
• 1 cup diced Carrots
• ½ pound sliced Mushrooms
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• ½ cup chopped Parsley
• ¼ pound baby Spinach
• ¾ teaspoon ground Cumin
• ½ cup roasted, salted Cashews (ground or whole)
• 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
• Salt and pepper to taste
Sautee the onions in the coconut oil until they become clear, about 9 minutes or so. Add the mushrooms and cook until they take a softer consistency, around 4-5 minutes. Add the carrots and chopped capsicum until they soften, then add the spinach and parsley. Once the veggies begin to wilt, it’s time to add the spices and grains. Stir in the cinnamon, and cumin, and then the star of our show, the cooked grain. Once liberally tossed cook for another 2 minutes and set the whole combination aside to cool.
2. Spicy Turkey Chili with Quinoa Recipe
We’ve covered savory, now it’s time to turn up the heat! This spicy turkey chili goes perfect with a game or just as a standalone dish. It’s a hot one so be ready with a tall glass of water or milk. Of course these are all quinoa recipes, and since it uses turkey instead of beef, it’s a much healthier option for those looking for a spicy meal.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• ¾ lb. lean ground turkey
• 15 ½ ounce can of Dark Kidney Beans
• 14 ½ ounce can of Diced Tomatoes
• 2 Chillies
• 1 cup yellow onions (diced)
• ½ a lime’s juice
• 4 ounces cooking quinoa (make sure to rinse first before cooking)
• ½ cup frozen corn
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• ½ teaspoon cumin
• 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
• ¼ teaspoon paprika
• 2 pinches kosher salt (to taste)
• Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
• Shredded cheddar cheese
• Full cream sour cream
Spicy Turkey Chili Quinoa
Stir the ½ of the onions and all of the chilies in coconut oil over medium high heat for 4 minutes. Be sure to avoid the strong chillie fumes as the steam burns. Add the ground turkey, stirring periodically until the turkey has turned white, which should take around 5 minutes. Add in the aforementioned superfood and stir till the mixture is well mixed. Add in the remaining ingredients also stirring frequently for another minute. Cover the pot and reduce heat to medium-low and cook for another 20 minutes, stirring periodically. Serve with the uncooked portion of the onions and add the cheese and sour cream as toppings.
3. Quinoa Apple Smoothie Recipe
For a quick and nutritious breakfast try this delicious smoothie
Here’s what you’ll need (for 2 people);
Wash the quinoa and boil in water with the cinnamon added, until soft. Then remove the cinnamon stick and strain the quinoa. Put into the blender with the almond milk, add the honey. Slice the apple and add together with walnuts, with other ingredients into the blender. Add ice if you want a cool smoothie, and blend. You may change the apple for mango, banana or paw paw, as you wish for some more variety. Enjoy your quick and healthy breakfast, loaded with protein.
I hope you’ll enjoy these three quinoa recipes, they each have a distinct flavour and go well with a myriad of side dishes. They are each packed with protein and iron, so they leave you feeling full and satisfied, all absolutely delicious and easy to make. These recipes go to show that you don’t have to eat blandly to eat healthy, and it’s easy to incorporate a super food like quinoa with other healthy and tasty ingredients to please your palate.
I’m going to share with you, the simple recipe for a juice that I have been drinking during the last month, which I’ve found has great results for my body. It’s really easy to prepare, tastes great, and I’m sure it will give you a boost too!
What’s in it?
Carrots are rich in carbohydrates, beta-carotene, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin and Pantothenic Acid. Carrots are considered one of the most important sources to guard against eye disease, premature aging and cardiovascular problems.
Beetroot is a source of B vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B6 and also contains vitamin C, Potassium, Carotenoids and Folate. The beetroot’s components are said to help to decrease the development of cancer in the lungs, skin and liver and also, reduces anaemia and regulates the thyroid.
Apples are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, Folic Acid, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus and Potassium. They’re also a source of fibre that helps with the digestive system
Ginger contains over eighty nutrients, and adds great flavour to whatever you add it to, so what more reasons do you need? Well, it’s said to help with gastro relief, nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy, has anti-inflammatory effects, protects against colorectal cancer, induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells, and has immune boosting properties.
What’s in it for you?
As mentioned, the Folate contained in the beetroot and carrot helps in the formation of red and white blood cell in the body, thus helping to fortify the immune system.
As a result of these powerful foods, beetroot, carrots, apple and ginger combined you will have a delicious juice which deliver a lot of vitamins and fibre to support the immune system and the weight loss process, because the level of satisfaction that it provides will help your body to fight off cravings. A glass of this in the morning does really fill you up.
I found that since I started to make this juice, my nails have gotten stronger and my hair is growing faster, I am not craving chocolates and sweets as I sometimes did before, for the satisfaction that I have, as this is a nice tasting treat as well as a health kick.
I usually make and drink this juice every morning on an empty stomach before breakfast. I prepare this juice for two people every day, so you might want to halve the ingredients if you don’t need that much.
Sometimes I add celery, just for an extra dose of fibre, but I believe you don’t really need it, because the taste of this drink is awesome and it’s already pack full of benefits for your body.
Just chop each of the raw ingredients into chunks, put them through the juicer and drink straight away while fresh.
It’s easy and nutritious, and even your kids will like it, so you can keep them away from the sugar laden sweet drinks that are constantly pushed to them.
Great for the dedicated fitness trainer, or the whole family.
Try this simple recipe for yourself, and share your results with us!