Healthy twists on traditional favourites

Healthy twists on traditional favourites

Love your food but hate the calories? We’ve put together some healthy versions of our favourite meals without losing the flavour. Now you can tuck in but still look great on the beach!

Full English

Believe it or not, a traditional English breakfast can be one of the healthiest starts to the day. Research in Alabama found that starting the day with a fatty breakfast helps your body burn more calories for the rest of the day. The high protein content also curbs your appetite, while including tomatoes and beans adds to your 5-a-day.  The secret is choosing quality ingredients and grilling rather than frying.

Baked Beans

We all love baked beans.  Delicious, nutritious and oh-so-convenient. But the tinned versions are also high in salt and sugar. So why not make your own homemade beans. They’re packed with protein, fibre, iron and vitamin B.  If you make a huge batch you could freeze them in pots. The perfect quick post-workout meal.  

Curry

Takeaway curries might be drowning in oil, but healthy homemade curries can be a nutritional feast. Authentic Indian cuisine is actually among the healthiest world food. Most contain spices such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon which have been shown to have strong medicinal properties, credited with fighting Alzheimer’s, diabetes and even cancer.

Fish and Chips

This classic favourite needn’t be a guilty pleasure if you make a tasty, healthy version. The rules are simple. Bake rather than fry and go easy on the salt. Fish is fantastic heart-healthy food, packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and omega-3s. Sweet potato fries make great nutritious chips and plenty of seasoning will satisfy your taste buds.

Fish Pie

A hearty fish pie is something everyone should enjoy. This healthy spin on fish pie means they can.  The secret is a high fish-content, low-fat sauce and plenty of herbs for flavour. Again, it’s an ideal dish for portioning up and keeping for those busy nights. 

 

Comments

Emma C.
15 August 2014

Emma C.

Yes! Simple food can be healthy. When we last had a full english we weren't hungry for hours later and then felt like eating plenty of veg.

Frank H.
7 August 2014

Frank H.

We're big bean lovers here. Every kind of bean goes into our breakfasts, except those out of a baked bean tin. Definitely going to give the sweet potato fries a go next.

Roger B.
7 August 2014

Roger B.

the Alabama study is baffling. It says that those who eat breakfast felt fuller later on than those who had skipped breakfast. Is that REALLY what they meant? Skipping breakfast is certainly a bad idea, too long without food.

Sarah L.
6 August 2014

Sarah L.

sounds like you've been in my house! Lots of my favourites here, although for fish pie I use real cheese rather than the processed version; remember low-fat means high sugar.

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