It is true, you can have delicious food that is also good for you. There are a host of recipes out there that taste great, look great as well as make you feel great - you just have to look in the right places. One of my fave, go-to guides for health, yummy recipes is the Optimum Nutrition Cookbook. Optimum nutrition simply means giving your body the best possible intake of nutrients to allow it to be as healthy as possible and to work as best as it can. Here are two of my favourite recipes to get you through the day - try them at home and see for yourself:
Breakfast: Great for Protein Lovers
Quinoa Porridge with bananas
freshly ground nutmeg
2-3 tablespoons rice milk
4 tablespoons low-fat natural yoghurt (or soya yogurt)
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with 350ml water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 mins. The mixture should still be quite sloppy.
2. Tip the mixture into a blender and process with nutmeg and rice milk. Add more liquid if needed.
3. Return the mixture to the pan and heat gently. Serve topped with a couple of spoonful of yoghurt and the banana.
Lunch or Dinner: Filled with a host of vitamins and minerals, this raw-style soup os great for energy levels
225g carrots, peeled and chopped
3-4 broccoli florets
100g firm tofu
3 teaspoons vegetable stock
1 teaspoon tomato puree
75-100ml soya milk
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and process well. Add soya milk until you get the consistency you like.
2. Serve cold or gently heat, without letting the soup boil.