How to Becoming A Healthy Eater? +3 FREE SALAD RECIPES

Being a healthy eater requires you to become both educated and smart about what heating actually is. Being food smart isn’t about learning to calculate grams or fat, or is it about studying labels and counting calories.

Healthy eating is all about balanced and moderate eating, consisting of healthy meals at least three times per day. Healthy eaters eat many different types of foods, not limiting themselves to one specific food type or food group.

Eating healthy requires quite a bit of leeway. You might eat too much or not enough, consume foods that are sometimes more or less nutritious. However, you should always fuel your body and your brain regularly with enough food to keep both your mind and body strong and alert.

You should always remember that restricting food in any way is always a bad thing. Healthy eating is a way of life, something that you can do to enhance your body or your lifestyle. If you’ve thought about making your life better, healthy eating is just the place to start. You’ll make life easier for yourself, those around you, and even your family.

Below you’ll find 3 salad recipes for lunch or dinner time. They are healthy, easy to prepare and delicious:) Enjoy!

Zucchini & Goat Cheese Pasta

Serves: 4 Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of linguine pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of zucchini
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 5 ounces of fresh goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest

Instructions:

  1. Wash and slice the zucchini in half. Slice each half into small half-moon slices, fairly thin. Crumble the goat cheese into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the water. Return the pasta to the cooking pot and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the zucchini and some salt and pepper. I would add just a little for now because you’ll be adding more later. Cook the zucchini over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until any liquid evaporates. Stir in the chopped garlic and cook for another minute or so to blend the flavors. 
  4. Keeping back 2 Tablespoons, add the goat cheese to the pasta and stir in the cup of the reserved water. Add a little more salt and pepper and stir until creamy. Taste to see if you would like more salt or pepper.
  5. Serve the pasta topped with the zucchini, lemon zest and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of goat cheese along with some fresh bread and a light dessert for a healthy and filling meal! 

Rice and Fruit Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 4 servings

This is a great recipe for when it’s just too hot to cook. If you are taking this dish to a potluck dinner, wait until you arrive to add the fresh fruit. It will not have to be heated or refrigerated.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked long grain rice
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped shallots
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh peach
  • ¾ cup of fresh blueberries
  • ¾ cup of fresh strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons of toasted almonds

Preparation:

Heat a small, dry skillet, add almonds and stir until toasted.  Whisk together the oil, juice, vinegar, shallots, salt, and pepper. Add the almonds, cooked rice, peach and berries and toss gently. 

Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounces) package uncooked linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound sugar snap pea pods
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid.
  2. Heat olive oil and chili oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, pea pods, and garlic. Cook and stir until shrimp are almost opaque. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  3. Add the wine and bring to a boil, reduce by 1/3. Add shrimp, peas, and garlic to the wok, and add the reserved water. Continue to cook and stir until shrimp are opaque. Remove from heat, and mix in the butter, lemon juice, and basil. Toss with the cooked pasta.

Choosing a variety of foods is important to a healthy lifestyle, but it just as important to limit the number of certain foods.  Foods high in sugar, and those high in sodium should be avoided as much as possible.  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that piece of cake or serving of potato chips as an occasional snack; it simply means limiting regular consumption of this high fat, low nutrition products.

When adopting healthier eating habits, it is important to make changes that you can stick with for the long run.  After all, a healthy eating lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle.  Changing your shopping, cooking and eating habits are not easy, but the many benefits make healthy eating an important habit to get into.

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