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31 Easy and Healthy Recipes For Family Meals

31 Easy and Healthy Recipes For Family Meals

1. Gluten Free Rice and Bean Casserole

Gluten Free Rice and Bean

    This healthy recipe is gluten-free, easy on the wallet, quick to cook, and delicious either alone or with a side — perfect!

    2. Light Pasta Bake With Chicken Sausage

    Light Pasta Bake with Chicken Sausage

      This nutritious pasta dish is made with whole wheat penne and plenty of tasty, cheesy vegetables.

      3. Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole
      Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole

        This easy and healthy recipe is loaded with bacon and chicken — great for the whole family.

        4. Mango Fruit Roll Ups

        Mango Fruit Roll Ups

          These roll-ups are 100% fruit, and great snacks for your children to take to school.

          5. Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

          Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells

            This stuffed shell dish is filling, nutritious, and simple to prepare.

            6. One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

            One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

              This healthy recipe is great for busy nights where you don’t have much time — simple to cook and only one pan to wash up!

              7. Sweet Potato Enchiladas

              Sweet Potato Enchiladas

                This healthy, vegetarian recipe takes under 30 minutes to prepare and is filled with black beans, sweet potatoes and chopped cilantro.

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                8. Vegan Coconut Banana Cheesecake

                Vegan Coconut Banana Cheesecake

                  This tasty recipe is one of the easiest (and tastiest!) vegan cheesecakes to make.

                  9. Baked Chicken and Orzo

                  Baked Chicken and Orzo

                    This chicken and mushroom dish is soft and tender — comfort food at its tastiest.

                    10. Paleo Orange Chicken

                    Paleo Orange Chicken

                      Make your own takeaway at home with this tasty recipe. Delicious served with steamed vegetables.

                      11. Easy Crockpot Fajitas

                      Easy Crockpot Fajitas

                        These tasty fajitas have minimal prep time and are bound to be a huge success with the whole family.

                        12. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

                        Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

                          A light casserole filled with quinoa, black beans, and cheese that you can enjoy without the guilt.

                          13. Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

                          Frozen Chocolate Banana Bite

                            If your family loves chocolate, try this recipe for a healthy twist on snacking.

                            14. Roasted Vegetable Medley

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                            Roasted Vegetable Medley

                              This healthy roast is the perfect side dish for any family meal you are thinking of cooking.

                              15. Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet

                              Kielbasa and Cabbage

                                This dish is a great healthy recipe for busy school nights when you don’t have long to cook.

                                16. Peanut Butter Oat Bites

                                Peanut Butter Oat Bites

                                  These oat bites make a tasty, healthy snack.

                                  17. Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables

                                  Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables

                                    This recipe is a healthy choice for beef lovers.

                                    18. Easy Cheesy Tex-Mex Skillet

                                    Tex Mex Skillet

                                      This healthy Tex-Mex recipe is bound to be a success with your whole family.

                                      19. Chicken Broccoli Crescent Roll

                                      Chicken Broccoli Crescent Roll

                                        This tasty roll is great for dinner and putting in your children’s lunch boxes.

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                                        20. Burger in a Bowl

                                        Burger in a Bowl

                                          This healthy burger in a bowl recipe is gluten-free and easy to make.

                                          21. Vegan Shepard’s Pie

                                          Vegan Shepard's Pie

                                            This vegan recipe is a healthy alternative to shepard’s pie, filled with flavor and nutrition.

                                            22. Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach

                                            Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach

                                              This decadent, cheesy dish is ideal for colder nights.

                                              23. Cheesy Zucchini Rice

                                              Cheesy Zucchini Rice

                                                This zucchini rice is very easy to make, requires only one pot, and is delicious served with almost anything.

                                                24. Pineapple Sorbet

                                                Pineapple Sorbet

                                                  If your family has a sweet tooth, try this pineapple sorbet recipe. To make your presentation extra impressive, serve the sorbet up in the pineapple itself!

                                                  25. Lentil-ese

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                                                  Lentil-ese

                                                    This healthy recipe is a flavorsome alternative to bolognese.

                                                    26. Roasted Vegetables and Black Bean Tacos

                                                    Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Taco

                                                      These tacos are healthy, vegan, and great for the whole family.

                                                      27. Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple

                                                      Mango Sorbet

                                                        This healthy recipe is a light and refreshing dessert, ideal in warm weather.

                                                        28. Healthy Mexican Sweet Potato Skins

                                                        Mexican Sweet Potatoes

                                                          These tasty potato skins can be served hot or cold — perfect for lunch or dinner!

                                                          29. Low Calorie Graham Cracker Coconut Cookies

                                                          Graham Cracker Coconut Cookies

                                                            This recipe is a great healthy alternative to normal cookies and it only has four ingredients!

                                                            30. Vegan Chili Mac

                                                            Vegan Chili Mac

                                                              This vegan recipe is filled with pantry staples, and is amazing comfort food.

                                                              31. Lentil Joes

                                                              Lentil Joes

                                                                This tasty take on a classic is cheap and easy to make, not to mention always popular with children.

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                                                                Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                                                                12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                                                12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                                                Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                                                                A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                                                                1. Eat Before Heading Out

                                                                First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                                                                2. Select The Treats

                                                                Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                                                                3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                                                                Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                                                                4. Drink With Moderation

                                                                It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                                                                5. Be Active

                                                                You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                                                                6. Get Out Of The House

                                                                Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                                                                7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                                                                Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                                                                8. Set Realistic Goals

                                                                You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                                                                9. Enjoy Yourself

                                                                Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                                                                10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                                                                This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                                                                11. Eat Less And More Often

                                                                Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                                                                12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                                                                Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                                                                So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                                                                Happy Holidays everyone!

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