Healthy eating is one that incorporates the right amounts of protein, carbs and fat. A report by BBC highlights the importance of consuming protein and high-fiber foods with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits.
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Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes that incorporate all these ingredients for you to try out this winter!
Rosemary Grilled Vegetables
A flavorful and easy side dish that’s ready within half an hour, this recipe is super customizable. Grilling or roasting vegetables concentrates their flavors and brings out their natural sweetness. Coat some of your favorite veggies like zucchini, squash, carrots, tomatoes and broccoli in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and rosemary.
Add some oregano, basil and a little bit of parmesan cheese for an Italian touch. If you prefer Greek flavors, add some Greek seasoning, lemon zest and feta cheese. For a Moroccan dish, add cilantro, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric, sprinkle orange zest, add pine nuts and voila! The perfect roast veggie dish. You can eat the veggies as a meal on its own, or serve as a side with some delicious oven-roasted beef brisket.
Cuban Black Bean Soup
Cuban black bean soup is not only healthy, but it’s also super easy to make. The ingredients in this soup are naturally packed with so much flavor that you don’t have to work too hard for a delicious end product. It’s spicy, hearty, and best served with a delicious side salad. Sauté sliced bacon until the fat has been rendered, and add sweet onions, bell peppers, minced garlic.
Mix with beer, bring to a boil, and sprinkle some spices on top. You can replace the beer with white wine, chicken broth or stock, and you can add a cup of salsa, tomatoes, celery or shredded carrots for some added zing! Puree the soup in a blender, add beans, lime juice, cilantro. Top with a dollop of sour cream, cheddar cheese, avocados and some jalapenos for some extra flavor. If you’re throwing a dinner party, this soup is a perfect starter for some low country shrimp boil.
Tropical Beet Salad
A blend of different tastes and textures, this salad will really get you going. Fresh roasted beets give a very earthy and sweet flavor that pairs well with something tangy. For this salad, you’ll need to wrap each beet in roasting foil individually and use a sharp knife to pare the roasted beets. Don’t overcook them or they’ll get mushy.
Add a cup of fresh pineapple for a little bit of a zing, romaine lettuce, radicchio lettuce, crumbled goat cheese and cashews on top. You can replace cashews with almonds or walnuts and use feta cheese instead of goat cheese. For the dressing, you’ll need white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced shallot, black pepper, virgin olive oil, kosher salt and some fresh orange juice. Mix and serve as a side with grilled meat. We recommend Grilled Piri Piri chicken recipe.
At Eats by the Beach, we have healthy recipes that incorporate the right amounts of vegetables, proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. Check out almond macaroon cookies recipe here.