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Jan 31

Healthy Recipes That Will Help You Get Your 5 a Day

You have probably heard about the five a day rule regarding the fruits and vegetables you need in order to stay healthy, but knowing how to incorporate this rule into your daily routine is another matter entirely. Most of us lead a busy lifestyle, and taking time to sit down and eat a well-balanced, home cooked and nutritious meal isn’t always possible.

Too often we choose the processed, high calorie option, simply because it is easier. However, if you want break this cycle and start getting your five a day, the easiest way to do so is by replacing your unhealthy snacks with healthy ones. The following easy-to-prepare snack recipes should get you started down the right road.

1. Tropical Fruit Breakfast Smoothie

There is nothing like a hit of vitamins first thing in the morning to help you start your day out right. Perhaps the best thing about making a healthy breakfast smoothie is that you can get two or more of your five servings in one go, before the day has even begun.

Ingredients:

* One chopped banana

* One cup of chopped fresh pineapple

* Half a cup of yoghurt (full or low-fat, depending on your diet)

* Small amount of fruit juice concentrate, flavor of your choice

* Couple of ice cubes

* One tablespoon of wheat or oat bran

Just pop your ingredients together in the blender and mix them until the texture is right. You can vary this recipe with different types of fruit to bring some variety to your breakfasts. It’s refreshing and takes less than five minutes to make. So no more excuses.

2. Vegetable Sticks with Avocado Dip

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and can even be taken along in a Tupperware container to eat on the go if necessary.

Ingredients:

* Celery

* Carrots

* One fresh avocado

* Half a lemon or lime

* Seasoning of your choice (salt, pepper, chili, etc)

* One fresh clove of garlic

* Few tablespoons of yoghurt

First chop the desired amount of carrots and celery to make your vegetable sticks. Next, combine the avocado, lemon/lime, garlic, yoghurt and seasoning in the blender. Mix it until it is smooth and you are ready to hit the road with your super healthy, low-fat snack. If you are planning to eat it at work, however, you may want to leave out the garlic.

3. Gazpacho

This delicious Spanish delicacy is perfect when you are on the go, as unlike regular soups, this one is eaten cold. Gazpacho is almost like a liquid salad, making it just the thing when you are looking to fulfill your five a day requirement. Prepare a batch the night before so that it is ready for you to grab on your way out in the morning.

Ingredients:

* Two chopped onions

* Two chopped cloves of garlic

* Two chopped peppers, one red one green

* One finely chopped cucumber

* Four chopped tomatoes

* Two tablespoons of vinegar

* Seven tablespoons of oil

* Seasoning of your choice (salt, pepper, chili, etc)

* Two tablespoons of water

* Two toasted slices of bread

Combine the onions, garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, oil and seasoning in the blender and mix until smooth. Cube the toasted bread to make croutons. Pour this mixture into a bowl and add the cucumber, peppers and croutons. If you are taking this to go, you should keep the cucumber, peppers and croutons aside in a separate container and add them in once you are ready to eat it.

As you can see, eating healthier foods and getting your five a day doesn’t have to be complicated. It does, however, take a bit of planning. With this in mind, you may want to consider creating a weekly meal plan and buying all the ingredients you will need beforehand. This will allow you to prepare your snacks when you need them, without the hassle of running to the store at the last minute.

A guest post by Samantha Harvey on behalf of Tasty Online Bingo home to some great recipes and tasty bingo promotions.

2 comments

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    Ingesting a healthy mix of food is a must. Individuals need to choose a diet that will benefit them. The food choices shared here are indeed worth eating for improved health.

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