When it comes to supporting your mental health, nutrition plays a big role. Eating a diet rich in nutrients helps us not only support our body but also our minds. And while the fast foods and Oreos may taste good initially, they lack the vitamins and minerals that our body needs to perform at its best.
Cooking is key when it comes to eating healthy. When you go out to restaurants, it’s hard to know exactly what is going into the food and how much sugar they are using. Of course, there is a time and place to go enjoy a meal out, but it’s also important to strike a balance with delicious home-cooked meals.
Finding recipes that are both nutritious and taste good is no easy task. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite nutrient-dense recipes that we hope you enjoy as much as we do (and don’t worry, we’ve got those with a sweet tooth covered).
Chinese Takeout but Make it Healthy
Who doesn’t like a good Chinese takeout meal? This recipe below takes all the goodness of Asian-inspired cuisine and jam packs it with a variety of veggies. The sauce has the option to add chia seeds, which are a great source of omega-3s fatty acids and contain both protein and fiber.
If you’re more of a meat-eater, check out this Honey Sesame Chicken recipe. It’s refined sugar-free and only sweetened with a small amount of raw honey. It will trick you into thinking you’re eating something super-indulgent.
Spice it Up
This coconut basil chicken curry recipe brings the heat for those who are a fan of spice. The chicken is a good source of lean protein and B vitamins while summer squash contains copious amounts of vitamin C.
No Meat, No Problem
If you’re looking for something free of animal products, this recipe has you covered. It’s filling, delicious, and very comforting. The tofu ricotta gives it a cheese-like creaminess and the lentils add in fiber and iron.
To Satisfy That Sweet Tooth
There’s nothing more satisfying then having something sweet after dinner. While most desserts are overloaded with refined sugars and unhealthy oils, we’ve found some recipes that use real ingredients and are just as tasty.
Banana bread has seemed to make quite a comeback this year and this one is mouth-watering. It’s refined-sugar free and sweetened with coconut sugar. The eggs and cashew butter fill this recipe with protein.
While veggies don’t normally have a place in dessert, this carrot cake bar recipe is sure to win you over. It’s gluten-free and low in sugar.
And there you have it—a round-up of recipes that are both delicious and healthy.
Using recipes that focus on whole foods and contains tons of veggies helps gives your body and your mind the nutrients it needs to perform at its best.