Healthy Alternative Recipes

By Sara N.

Being healthy is extremely important, but it generally tends to be easier said than done. Most of the snacks, desserts, and foods that are available to us contain potentially unhealthy or harmful chemicals, which can be detrimental to our health. It’s essential to be able to find the balance between delicious food and healthy food because eating healthy is one of the most crucial steps towards living a more balanced lifestyle. These recipes include some ideas for snacks, drinks, and even desserts, and aim to help anyone who wishes to cleanse themselves of anything unhealthy.

 

Baked Kale Chips:

Instead of snacking on greasy potato products, these baked greens are a very healthy alternative to munch on throughout the day. A cup of raw kale has just thirty-three calories and contains nutrients that protect people against macular degeneration and cataracts. This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is also extremely simple.

All that’s needed is a bunch of kale, a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of seasoned salt.

After preheating the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees, line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper. Gently remove the leaves from their stems and break them into bite-size pieces. Wash and dry the kale, and sprinkle with olive oil and seasoning salt. Bake the chips until the edges are brown, or for ten to fifteen minutes.

Full recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Kale-Chips/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=84

 

Watermelon Mint Detox Water:

Detox water is a simple way of fulfilling daily water requirements while being able to enjoy a tasty drink. This recipe uses watermelon and mint to add some flavour, and both these ingredients have benefits of their own. Watermelon has significant levels of vitamin A, B6, and C, as well as lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food, eases digestion, and can be effective in clearing up a cold.

This recipe calls for only half a cup of cubed watermelon and three mint leaves. These ingredients can be added to a cup of cold water to make a refreshing, healthy alternative to sugary juices and soft drinks.

Full recipe: http://www.realityofyou.com/clean-eating-challenge-5-best-detox-fruit-waters-day-16/

 

Thai Quinoa Salad:

Salad is universally known for being healthy, but this recipe utilises quinoa to add a unique flavour. Quinoa is known as an ancient grain due to the fact that it has remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. It is naturally gluten-free, contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. Quinoa is considered a complete protein and contains essential amino acids.

This recipe requires a cup of rinsed quinoa, half a teaspoon of salt, a cut-up red bell pepper, a peeled and grated carrot, a diced and seeded English cucumber, two finely sliced scallions, a quarter of a cup of chopped cilantro and two tablespoons of chopped mint or basil, if desired. The dressing uses a quarter of a cup of lime juice, two and a half teaspoons of Asian fish sauce, one and a half tablespoons of vegetable oil, two tablespoons of sugar and a quarter of a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.

Bring the quinoa, salt, and one and two-thirds of a cup of water to a boil. Turn to low heat, cover, and cook for fifteen minutes. The water should absorb and the quinoa should cook. After transferring the quinoa to a bowl, refrigerate. In order to make the dressing, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, vegetable oil, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes, until the sugar has dissolved. Proceed to take out the cooled quinoa and toss with the red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, scallions, herbs and dressing.

Full recipe: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2013/05/thai-quinoa-salad.html

 

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies:

Cookies are a delicious dessert, but aren’t always the healthiest option. This recipe, with ground flax seed and coconut oil, is a healthy alternative to the normal cookie. Flax seed is said to reduce the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and lung disease. Coconut oil is known to prevent heart problems and strengthen the immune system.

This recipe requires two tablespoons of ground flaxseed, a quarter of a cup of unsweetened almond milk, a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, half a cup of natural peanut butter, a teaspoon of butter extract, roughly a tablespoon and a half of molasses, a cup of dry sweetener, a cup and a half of rolled oats, half a teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of baking soda, and a fourth of a teaspoon of salt.

After preheating the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine the flax and almond milk and set aside. Heat the coconut oil until mostly it’s melted, then stir in peanut butter and butter extract. Stir in the molasses and sweetener. Combine oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and then fold into the peanut butter mixture. Scoop pieces of the dough onto the baking sheet and bake for about nine minutes.

Full recipe: http://dessertswithbenefits.com/thin-chewy-peanut-butter-oatmeal-cookies-2-ways/

 

Cranberry Smoothie:

Smoothies are a great way to fill up on healthy fruits and dairy, and are extremely easy to make. Instead of using normal milk, almond milk provides several benefits. There is no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk, meaning it keeps the heart healthy. It’s also lactose free, meaning it’s friendly towards anyone who might be lactose-intolerant.

All this recipe needs is a cup of almond milk, a banana, half a cup of frozen mixed berries, and half a cup of fresh cranberries. After blending these ingredients together, just store in the refrigerator until chilled.

Full recipe:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cranberry-Smoothie/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=84

 

All of these recipes are great ways of incorporating beneficial ingredients into everyday dishes. They’re simple but effective, and they make you feel great afterwards! It’s very important to start paying closer attention to what we put into our bodies, and these recipes help to do just that.

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