Eating right doesn’t have to be a struggle. By choosing the right foods that will benefit the body, eating can be guilt-free and truly enjoyable. Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., understands that for many people, pursuing a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. However, she encourages readers to start with small changes that will lead to long-term benefits for the mind and body. For those who are just starting with their healthy living journey, here are two easy meals to prepare that are delicious, filling, and nutritious.
Chicken and potato bake
This recipe is perfect for those who want to prepare their meals in advance so that they don’t have to get their food from restaurants or fast-food joints. With four ingredients– whole chicken, spices, oil, and potatoes, even those who are not experts in the kitchen can prepare a sumptuous meal. When it comes to eating healthy, it’s best to avoid deep frying to prevent high calories and cholesterol. Baking is a good alternative that requires less oil while preserving the nutritious content of ingredients.
To start, oil the baking tray. Add the potatoes on the sides and place the chicken in the middle. Sprinkle the potatoes and chicken with spices to give them flavor. Drizzle a small amount of oil on the chicken and potatoes before turning on the oven. Set the oven at 200 degrees Celsius and cook for at least an hour to ensure that the chicken is cooked well, and the potatoes are soft enough. Serve with leafy vegetables for a more nutritious meal.
Cauliflower fried rice
This 15-minute recipe is perfect for those who want a low-carb meal that they can pair with meat or fish. For the cauliflower to achieve a rice-like texture, use a food processor. Be sure to separate the heads before putting them in the processor. After this step, pre-heat a pan with butter or oil. Once the pan is hot enough, add onion, garlic, carrot, and peas. After sautéing these vegetables, it’s time to add the cauliflower. Mix it with the other vegetables and add salt or pepper to taste. Lower the heat, if necessary, to prevent overcooking. Some people like eggs with their fried rice. To do so, set other ingredients on one side of the pan and cook the eggs. Once the eggs are starting to cook, mix them with the other ingredients.
Cauliflower is a nutrition-packed vegetable that is high in fiber, choline, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Its antioxidant properties can help the body fight off diseases caused by free radicals. According to Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., the fiber aids in digestion while choline helps with learning and memory. Incorporating this vegetable in daily meals will keep the body and mind truly healthy.
These recipes prove that eating right doesn’t have to be difficult. All it takes is the willingness to choose food that will improve one’s health. Eating the right food doesn’t mean compromising taste. It’s about choosing fresh ingredients that will fill the body with the right nutrients that will boost its condition.