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15 Delicious And Healthy Recipes For Lazy People

15 Delicious And Healthy Recipes For Lazy People

A healthy meal plan is something many of us would like to adopt. But the idea of eating right can be daunting because many of us are unfamiliar with putting together tasty dishes to replace unwanted foods in our diets.

We tend to assume that eating healthy would mean having to eat foods that are boring and tasteless. Not to mention, we’re also more drawn to convenience than necessity.

I believe that we can all prepare healthy meals with ease without jeopardizing taste and flavour, or drastically changing our style of cooking. Whether it’s an energising breakfast or a simple mid-week supper, a few simple adjustments are all that’s needed to make our meals more balanced and lower in fat and calories.

In this article, I will share 15 delicious and healthy recipes for lazy people who still want to enjoy their food whilst pursing a healthier lifestyle in as little time possible.

 Healthy Breakfast

1. Greek Yoghurt Porridge With Honey, Banana and Almond 

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    Time:

    6 minutes

    What You’ll need:

    1.5 oz porridge oats
    1 cup  semi-skimmed milk
    1 tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt
    1 tbsp honey
    handful of toasted flaked almonds

    How to prepare:

    Put the oats and 200ml of milk into a small saucepan. Stir well, then place over high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir for 3-5 minutes as the porridge thickens. Take the pan from heat and pour into a bowl. Top with a spoonful of yoghurt, a little honey, chopped banana and a scattering of toasted almonds.

    2. Full English Healthy Breakfast 

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      Time:

      12 minutes

      What you’ll need:

      Olive oil
      1 Portobello mushroom
      5 cherry tomatoes
      Sea salt and black pepper
      4 strips of bacon
      2 large eggs
      2 slices of rye bread, toasted

      How to prepare:

      Preheat the grill to the highest setting. Half-fill a wide, shallow pan with water and bring to simmer. Line a large baking sheet with foil, then brush with a little olive oil.

      Trim the mushrooms, removing their stalks, then lay on the baking sheet. Place the cherry tomatoes along side. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of each salt and pepper. Lay the bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the bacon is golden brown around the edges.

      To poach the eggs, break each one into a cup. Add a dash of vinegar to the pan of simmering water, and whisk the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool effect. Gently slide the eggs into the centre of the whirlpool, one at a time, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Poach for 1-2 minutes.

      Slide the bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes onto a serving plate. Carefully lift out the poached egg with a slotted spoon, dab the bottom of the spoon with kitchen paper to absorb any excess water and slide onto rye toast. Grind some pepper over the eggs and serve.

      3. Southern Italian Scrambled Eggs On Toast

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        Time:

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        10 Minutes

        What you’ll need:

        4 egg yolks
        2 egg whites
        Olive oil
        Garlic powder
        Parsley
        Slice of thick whole-grain bread
        Tomato paste

        How to prepare:

        Place a nonstick skillet on a burner and turn to a low heat. Pour in a little olive oil. Separate your four eggs yolks from the white into a cup. Keep two of the remaining eggs whites in a separate cup. Pour your 4 egg yolks into the skillet, stir for 1 minute then add the remaining egg whites. Add a pinch of black pepper and salt. Stir in your chopped parsley and garlic powder. Drizzle olive oil. Stir eggs every minute or so until the eggs are mostly solid but still reflect and look moist.Toast your bread and spread the tomato paste evenly. Serve eggs on on top.

        4. Berry & Yoghurt Smoothie 

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          Time:

          2 minutes

          What you’ll need:

          1.5 oz rasberries
          1.5 oz blackberries
          3 heaped tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt
          1 cup of skimmed milk
          1 tbsp of sugar free syrup

          How to prepare:

          Place all ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth, sweetening the mixture with syrup to taste. Serve in a chilled glass. Add ice (optional).

          5. Ricotta & Walnut Baked Mushrooms

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            Time:

            10 minutes

            What you’ll need:

            Olive oil
            3 oz of baby mushrooms
            Sea salt and black pepper
            3 oz of ricotta
            Oregano
            0.5 oz chopped walnuts
            2 slices of multi-seed rye bread or brochette

            How to prepare:

            Heat the oven to 200 degree. Line a large baking sheet with foil and brush with a little olive oil. Place the mushrooms on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

            In a bowl, mix together the ricotta, walnuts and oregano. Spread a teaspoonful of the mixture on top of each mushroom. The drizzle a little olive oil. Bake for 8 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Lightly toast the rye bread in the meantime. Arrange mushrooms on top of the rye bread and serve warm.

            Healthy Lunch

            1. Arugula, Avocado, And Roma Salad

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              Time:

              10 minutes

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              What You’ll need:

              1 bunch of arugula
              Sliced roma tomatos
              Half of an avocado
              Olive oil
              Diced red apples

              How to prepare:

              Wash the arugula properly. Place the leaves in the middle of a towel, roll up both ends and swing ten times to force the remanning water into the towel. Add the arugula to a mixing bowl. Cut the Roma tomatoes into thin slices. Add sea salt and pepper to the mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and diced apples to the mixing bowl and then the mix with your hands. Cut open the avocado with a sharp knife and twist the halves apart like you’re opening a jar. Peel the avocado skin off, and place on a flat surface. Cut into into squares. Then transfer on top of your salad and serve in a bowl.

              2. Herb Omelette With Cherry Tomatos  

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                Time:

                8 minutes

                What you’ll need:

                6 cherry tomatoes
                1 tbsp olive oil
                Sea salt and black pepper
                3 large eggs
                Handful of mixed herb leaves such as parsley and chives.

                How to prepare:

                Halve the cheery tomatoes or cut into quarters. Heat the olive oil in a non stick omelette pan and pour in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and fry on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.

                Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs in a bowl. Scatter the chopped herbs over the tomatoes, then pour in the eggs. Quickly stir and shake the pan. When the omelette is almost set, take the pan of the heat. Fold the omelette using a spatula. Slide onto a plate and serve immediately.

                3. Smoked Chicken Salad

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                  Time:

                  10 minutes

                  What you’ll need:

                  1 ripe mango
                  1 ripe avocado
                  Squeeze of lemon juice
                  1/3 lb. of smoked chicken breast
                  3.5 oz mixed salad leaves, such as baby spinach and rocket
                  1 tbsp pine nutes
                  Olive oil

                  For the dressing

                  1 tbsp orange juice
                  1 tbsp lemon juice
                  1 tbsp of mustard
                  1 tbsp olive oil
                  Sea salt and black pepper

                  How to prepare:

                  Peel the mango and cut the flesh away from the stone into thin slices. halve the avocado and remove the stone. Peel off the skin and slice into fresh strips. Squeeze over a little lemon juice, then arrange over the mango slices.

                  Cut the chicken into thin slices and put on the plate. Neatly pile the salad leaves in the middle.

                  For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon the dressing over the salad and serve with a handful of pine nuts.

                  4. Flatbread, Feta & Chickpea Salad 

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                    Time:

                    10 minutes

                    What you’ll need:

                    1 large thin flat bread, or pitta
                    Pinch of paprika
                    2 tbsp olive oil
                    Half red onion thinly slices
                    Half red chili chopped
                    7 oz of chickpeas rinsed
                    Handful of parsley
                    2.5 oz of feta cheese
                    Diced turkey chunks

                    How to prepare:

                    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Split the bread horizontally. Mix the paprika with the 1tbsp olive oil. Brush a piece of bread with this mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden and crisp, 2 minutes for thin flatbreads, 4 minutes for pittas.

                    Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook, stirring over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and chili and fry for another minute. Pour in the chick peas and stir into the mix. Add the parsley. Pour into a large bowl. Add the diced turkey. Crumble the feta cheese over the mixture and toss well.

                    Serve with the bread on the side.

                    5. Healthy Burger 

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                      Time: 10 minutes

                      What you’ll need:

                      Low fat ground turkey
                      Black pepper and salt
                      2 tbsp olive oil
                      Garlic powder
                      Whole-grain seasoned bun

                      How to prepare:

                      Preheat a nonstick skillet with a dash of olive oil. Meanwhile, put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together with hands. Mould the mince into a patty. Add more turkey for a larger portion. Cook the burger 3 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Season the burger with some extra salt and pepper. Serve on a bun with leafy greens.

                      Healthy Desert

                      1. Coconut, Vanilla And Lime Pops

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                        Hands on time: 5 minutes

                        Note: allow 6 hours for coconut pops to freeze. 

                        What you’ll need:

                        2 cups coconut milk
                        Honey 1 tbsp
                        2 tbsp lime juice
                        1 tbsp vanilla essence
                        Lollipop freeze moulds
                        Pinch of salt

                        How to prepare:

                        In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Drizzle a little honey into the bottom of the ice pop moulds and sprinkle a few grains of salt. Divide the mixture among the moulds, and freeze until solid for at least 6 hours, or overnight. To loosen, dip them in a bowl of warm water.

                         2. Mixed Berry And Greek Yoghurt Wraps 

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                        Berry wraps

                          Time:

                          5 minutes

                          What you’ll need

                          Mixed Berries of choice
                          Low fat Greek yoghurt
                          Whole-grain tortilla wrap
                          1 Tbsp honey

                          How to prepare:

                          With a spoon, spread the honey over the tortilla wrap in a circular motion. Add your mixed berries of choice. Add the Greek yoghurt, and wrap. Add more honey on top (optional)

                          3. Peanut Butter And Protein Flapjacks 

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                            Time:

                            15 minutes

                            What you’ll need

                            2.5 oz of oats
                            1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
                            1 cup of milk or almond milk
                            3 tbsp of stevia or sweetener
                            2 tbsp of peanut butter

                            How to prepare:

                            Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Meanwhile, put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together, and pour onto a thin baking tray. Cook in the over for 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

                            4. Peanut Butter and Oat Pancakes, with Frozen Yoghurt

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                              Time: 10 Minutes

                              What you’ll need:

                              2 whole eggs
                              3 egg whites
                              2 tbsp natural peanut butter
                              1/2 cup skimmed milk
                              1.5 oz of oats
                              2 scoops of vanilla whey protein (optional)
                              Frozen yoghurt

                              Heat the frying pan on a low setting, add a dash of oil. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl, or add ingredients to a blender. Simply pour the contents into the frying pan, and fry till nice and golden. Serve with frozen yoghurt and extra peanut butter.

                              5. Grilled Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Sandwich

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                                Time: 5 minutes

                                What you’ll need:

                                1 oz of dark chocolate (85%)
                                2 tbsp natural peanut butter
                                2 slices of whole-grain bread
                                Half chopped banana

                                How to prepare:

                                Heat the dark chocolate to a thin consistency, then add to a bowl. Mix the peanut butter and dark chocolate together. Spread thickly on a slice of bread, and place the second slice on top. Grill until lightly toasted, and serve.

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                                Last Updated on July 28, 2020

                                14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                                What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                                The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                                Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                                It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                                Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                                In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                                Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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                                Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                                1. Quinoa

                                GI: 53

                                Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                                2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                                GI: 50

                                Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                                3. Corn on the Cob

                                GI: 48

                                Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                                4. Bananas

                                GI: 47

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                                Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                                They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                                5. Bran Cereal

                                GI: 43

                                Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                                6. Natural Muesli

                                GI: 40

                                Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                                7. Apples

                                GI: 40

                                Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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                                8. Apricots

                                GI: 30

                                Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                                Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                                9. Kidney Beans

                                GI: 29

                                Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                                10. Barley

                                GI: 22

                                Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                                Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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                                11. Raw Nuts

                                GI: 20

                                Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                                12. Carrots

                                GI: 16

                                Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                                13. Greek Yogurt

                                GI: 12

                                Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                                14. Hummus

                                GI: 6

                                When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                                Bottom Line

                                If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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