Tuesday, 6 October 2015
7 Easy, Healthy Recipes For When You're Feeling Run Down
It's tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle when your head is all over the place, and your life is just non-stop. Recently I've been feeling that I can't quite catch a break, and when I do have some time off, there's a million and one other things that need to get done instead of just curling up on the sofa and watching re-runs of Friends.
This also leads to it being all too easy to slip up and start scoffing bars of Dairy Milk and ordering pizzas, as you simply feel you haven't got the 'time' to be healthy. To be healthy is an effort in an age where convenience is the one thing on our mind. You're pretty limited if you fancy a healthy takeaway or if you just want to buy something ready made, quick and easy from the supermarket.
I can often find myself come 6 o'clock feeling utterly exhausted and the thought of having to rustle up something to cook can feel like too much effort than is worth. Kate Moss may have controversially claimed 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels', but I'd say 'nothing tastes as good as healthy feels'. It is not worth being lazy and taking the easy route of ordering a takeaway or buying a supermarket pizza, for you to then feel groggy and bloated afterwards. Preparation is key, as is having a good repertoire of healthy, quick and easy meals under your belt.
I've rustled up a handful of recipes from across the web, and some of my own, that can be cooked and prepared in approximately thirty minutes, and can even provide you with some leftovers for the next day's lunch. So that's dinner for each night of the week sorted, and lunch too. Perfect!
Chilli, Garlic and Crab Courgettine
This is light, refreshing, delicious and nutritious and can easily be whipped up in 15minutes. If you're feeling hungry, use pasta instead of courgettine (courgette's peeled or spiralised into spaghetti/linguine strands).
Rainbow, Tahini Stir Fry and Paprika Salmon
Stir fries, noodles... basically some of the quickest, easiest and still incredibly nutritious meals.
If it's easier for you, buy a pack of ready prepared stir fry veg, but otherwise, this rainbow, tahini stir fry and paprika salmon that I recently shared on SSL is an absolute treat, and what's better is that it takes approximately 20 minutes to make. Quick, delicious and nutritious at its finest.
Chilli Pesto Salmon with greens, greens, and more greens
Apologies for no link but this is the simplest and easiest recipe you need to know of like the back of your hand. Simply put a piece of salmon in a large rectangle of tin foil, and generously spread a dollop or two of shop bought chilli pesto. gather tin foil up like a boat, but don't close your tin foil parcel completely. Cook for 17 minutes. Meanwhile, steam lots of spring greens/kale/broccoli or sauté some spinach, chilli and garlic in a pan. Serve with the salmon, et voila!
Roasted sweet potato and carrot soup
I'd never made soup before until last week (mad, I know) when I whizzed together this delicious and filling soup. Serve with a dollop of crème fraïche and fry some pieces of pancetta together to sprinkle on top. A piece of crusty bread wouldn't go amiss and this can be bagged up and frozen too, meaning a meal in the freezer, ready and waiting, for when you seriously haven't got the energy!
Kale & Goat's Cheese Frittata
Frittata is one of those things that you can seriously chuck whatever's lurking in your fridge into. Chorizo, feta, peas, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, red onion.... those ingredients would make a fab frittata all together too! This creamy kale and goat's cheese frittata is easy peasy to make - simply whisk together eggs, season, sauté your veggies and pour your eggs on top. Stick under the grill and there's your dinner and lunch sorted for a day or two. Served with a nice side salad makes for a filling, healthy meal.
Slutty Low-Carb Spaghetti
This one is a good'un. I've made Rosie's slutty spaghetti too many times to remember, and it's a real treat each time. Classic flavours, ready and waiting to be plated up in minutes. Again, if you're hungrier, opt for actual pasta but courgetti fills me up no problem - and I have a big appetite! Just try this, you won't be disappointed.
Beetroot, Feta and Spinach Salad
Mr. Pixiwoo aka Nicola Chapman of Pixiwoo beauty YouTube fame's husband, Ian, has a fab healthy eating YouTube channel that I'm always getting inspiration from. A filling salad is one of the best ways to cram in loads of delicious, healthy ingredients in a short space of preparation time. These classic flavours are perfect for a midweek supper, but of course, chop and change the ingredients to suit you, and throw in a chicken breast if you fancy on increasing your protein intake.
What are your favourite, go-to meals when you're feeling run down? Do you have any tips for someone who wants to stay healthy but has no time to prepare meals?
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