We understand the sometimes negative connotation people align with the word diet but what if we were to tell you that there is a different way of thinking about it. Diet doesn’t need about counting the calories, worrying about each mouthful.
It is possible to eat great tasting food and reap the benefits, so we are going to look at a few of the best recipes for overall health. So if you are looking at giving yourself a little booster but not necessarily wanting to lose weight or count the calories – we have something amazing in store for you.
Understanding the basics, getting to know what and why certain food types can be amazing for your health can be a minefield. With so many different “superfoods” out there and equally as many myths we thought we would save you the time and the effort of research by giving you 3 different recipes to try for yourself.
1 Eat this meal for overall health
The meal that will take care of your overall health is a great tasting pot of cabbage with veggies. To be honest, it depends on you what you want to put in – that is the benefit of this healthy meal! You have options! You can put some chopped beef, chicken, pork or maybe even sausage – whatever suits you. Here is how to do it:
First of all you have to get a huge deep pot, pour some oil and add a small spoon of butter. Why butter? Because it makes the taste better, creamy. Then you have to add garlic (chopped) and white onion (the red one will go great with a salad though)
Add some carrot, leek, fresh parsley and dill. The next step is to fry the ingredients we have in the pot. Now you can choose what you want to – if you want to add some meat – go ahead! After a while of frying, pour 1,5 litre of water ion to the pot and leave it.
Now we have to chop the cabbage. You can use as much cabbage as you want if your pot is big enough of course. Add the chopped cabbage into the pot and pour as much water as you can into the pot to cover the cabbage completely. Add some salt and pepper and other seasonings to taste. Leave it for a while but keep checking if the cabbage is cooked well enough to eat. If it’s ready – add tomato puree and chopped tomatoes. Why are tomatoes added last? Because they contain an acid that may stop the cooking process. Wait 20 minutes and then you can try your cabbage. Another option is to add some red wine while frying the veggies and meat at the beginning should you desire. So why cabbage? Cabbage has a small amount of calories, your skin will look better, and it is full of fibre, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Cabbage is also very cheap and keeps your skin glowing without a blemish in sight!
2 Eat this meal for brain health
The best meal for your brain is salmon with broccoli, carrot, turmeric and pumpkin seeds. Salmon is a fatty fish that gives your brain a healthy little boost! Literally, 60% of your brain is made of fat, and half of that fat is omega-3 (that you can find in salmon). Your brain uses omega-3 to build new cells. Moreover, without omega-3 you cannot learn properly and your memory can begin to get worse. Additionally, omega-3 helps fight the onset of Alzheimer’s disease! People who struggle with depression should also focus on eating salmon and fatty fish to help make them feel better. Why broccoli, turmeric and carrot? Turmeric helps you with depression, you are more focused and your memory is getting better. The same thing with broccoli and carrot. Broccoli has a lot vitamin K, gives you anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which may help protect the brain against damage. Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc and that helps nerve signalling. Magnesium is crucial for learning and memorization. Our brain uses copper to take care of nerve signals and Iron helps you in a very similar way with memorization and being focused.
Add some oil, olive oil or butter to the pan. Wait until it is very hot (when you put things in cold pan it will stick). Add some herbs and seasoning on the oil because oil releases the flavour. Put your salmon on the left side (skin on the bottom) and carrots and broccoli on the other side. Turn down the temperature a bit and then close the pan with a lid. It is also good to add some water into the pan before you close it to make cooking better and so it does not burn. Check your food in a while then place it on the plate! Simple! Spread some pumpkin seeds and bon appetit.
3 Eat this meal for heart health
You probably heard that drinking a glass of wine a day can help keep your heart healthy but we have other ideas. A nice recipe for a quick meal that makes your heart health better.
Spinach salad with tuna, avocado, tomatoes and walnuts. First of all, wash your fresh spinach and let it dry. Then place your spinach in a big salad bowl. Add some cherry tomatoes, tuna (flakes or chunks), chop the avocado and add in to the bowl. Pour some olive oil into the salad and add walnuts or almonds (it depends on your preference). At the end, add some salt and black pepper, you can also add some herbs if you want to. Ok so why did we choose these ingredients? The Lycopene in the tomatoes helps your heart to work well, walnuts are full of omega-3, olive oil slows aging of your heart, avocado is full of vitamins and phytochemicals and monounsaturated fatty acid, as well as spinach that is full of iron.
Feeling hungry? Make sure you remember to invite us round for tea if you cook any of these health giving meals!