These days we’re all expected to be super-mum or dad or grandparent. Juggling work, exercise, kids activities, the school run….it’s never ending. Living healthy isn’t always easy and we understand you won’t always have time to prepare a gourmet mid-week meal, so here are some ideas and inspiration of tasty and healthy ingredients you can use to prepare quick and healthy family meals. And please scroll to the bottom for links to other websites for recipe ideas.
Cooking with Fish
Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet and the tastiest. It’s bursting with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D. Fish is also the world's best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for your body and brain. Fish is generally considered to be among the best foods you can eat for a healthy heart. Some people can be intimidated by cooking fish so here’s a simple guide to give you a little more confidence.
Cooking with Chicken
In general chicken has less cholesterol and saturated fat than other red meats but it is high in protein, which makes is a great ingredient for weight management. It’s also packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins. It’s extremely versatile and can be paired with most dishes and is often seen as a weekly menu staple. Chicken is high in an amino acid called tryptophan, which gives you that comforting feeling after eating it. And research shows that if you’re feeling depressed, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin levels in your brain, enhance your mood, blasting stress, and encouraging you to sleep. Chicken is also rich in phosphorus, which supports teeth and bone health, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function. You can cook chicken on its own and enjoy with vegetables and potatoes or mix it with a stir fry or salad or even chop and dice it in a pie…the possibilities are endless.
Cooking with Pasta
Pasta offers a perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and tasty meal the whole family will love. Pasta provides a good source of several essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins. Whole wheat pasta can provide up to 25% of your daily fibre requirements and enriched pasta is fortified with folic acid which is essential for women of child-bearing age.
Pasta provides glucose, the crucial fuel for your brain and muscles. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provides a slow release of energy. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, pasta helps sustain energy.
Cooking with Beans, Pulses and Lentils
Beans, pulses and lentils can be a less expensive source of protein when compared to meat and fish. Aside from protein, complex carbs and fibre, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc – they really are a superfood and there are plenty of tasty and quick ways you can cook and prepare them.
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