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6 Recipes to Inspire Healthy Eating

Kate Freeman

Was ‘eating healthier’ on your list of goals this year? How’s that going?

If it’s been a little hit and miss and you’re struggling with consistency, I’d like to offer you a fresh hit of inspiration.

The BEST place to start when it comes to healthy eating is not to focus on what to cut out, but rather on what to include.

Fresh, whole foods are the cornerstone of a healthy diet, particularly fruit and vegetables. You simply cannot eat well without them.

You need to be eating five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit every single day. The last time we checked, only four percent of Australian adults we’re actually achieving that.

So before you go cutting out sugar, gluten, dairy or other food or nutrient, you’ll do much better if you start with this first. In fact, regardless of the rest of your diet and other lifestyle factors (like exercise, smoking, etc) if you consume five serves of vegetables every single day, you reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease or cancer by up to 20 percent! That’s huge!

If you’re consistently eating your fresh produce and still struggling with other elements of your diet, it’s probably a good time to go see someone for help.

To help you get started, here are six awesome recipes, rich in vegetables and full of flavour, ready for you to whip together this week! Enjoy!

Zesty Calamari Salad

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Bursting with flavour and full of fresh vegetables, this dish offers you 3 serves of vegetables, plus a good serve of protein.

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Chorizo and Chicken Pita Pockets

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This meal takes less than 10 minutes to put together. It’s filling, vegetable and protein rich plus packed full of flavour. Fill your pita bread with a generous handful of pre-cut coleslaw mix for two serves of vegetables at this meal.

Recipe (serves 2)

Slice one chorizo sausage into 1/2 cm thick pieces and sauté in a non-stick pan.

Cook four chicken tenderloins, 2-3 minutes each side in the same pan as the chorizo. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Then, cut two, small, wholemeal pita breads in half. Fill with coleslaw mix, a drizzle of aioli or mayonnaise and top each half with one tenderloin and some slices of chorizo.

Each serve includes two pita bread halves. You are not going to get the afternoon munchies with a lunch like this!

Lamb with Mediterranean Vegetables

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This is one of my best recipes. It’s a big call, but I’m willing to stand by it! I’ve heard nothing but good feedback from clients. You must give it a try and enjoy a delicious three serves of vegetables with this meal!

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad

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I love this recipe. It’s low carb, yet very filling and satisfying. You’re packing three to four serves of vegetables in this dish and the flavours in the dressing are absolutely divine. If you need more carbohydrate try adding some vermicelli or rice noodles. Yum!

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Toasted Mushroom Burger

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Looking for a clever vegetarian option for enjoying a Friday night? Look no further than this fab little burger with a giant toasted mushroom in the place of a meat patty.

A smear of blue cheese plus your standard burger salad ingredients and you’ve got a very tasty dinner boasting two serves of vegetables. Not something a regular hamburger can offer!

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Baked Eggs with Haloumi

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When you get some vegetables in at breakfast, you know you’re setting yourself up for a good day! This breakfast is packed full of fibre and protein and a whopping three serves of vegetables! For breakfast!

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Kate Freeman

Kate Freeman is a Registered Nutritionist and the founder and managing director of The Healthy Eating Hub. Kate’s healthy eating philosophy is all about whole, fresh foods, being realistic about life and creating long term healthy eating habits. She doesn’t believe in detoxes, fad diets or quick fixes. Once you’ve finished working with Kate, you’ll be empowered to feed yourself well for the rest of you life! More about the Author

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