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Cooking healthy food is a way for you to start living nutritionally. Here are some amazing menus that could help you in some way. Check it out!

1. NUTRITIOUS OATMEAL

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Hot oatmeal on a cold morning is a breakfast necessity. It’s also a great way to stay full until lunch and an excellent source of soluble fiber, the kind that helps keep your cholesterol levels down. You can make it on the stove, in the microwave, or in a slow-cooker. In warm weather, you can make overnight oats in the fridge without lifting a finger. Get lots more smart oatmeal tips here.

2. EASY-LAZY STIR FRY

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Stir-fry is what you make when you want something hot, healthy, and quick. It shouldn’t be complicated. Stir-fries are great with lean meats or tofu. (Tofu takes a little bit more time because you have to press out all the excess moisture, but it’s a healthy and inexpensive substitute for meat, and can be really delicious if you get it nice and crispy.) Whatever you decide to throw in, the basic idea is the same: Sear the protein, sauté the vegetables over high heat, and add sauce at the end. Serve over brown rice or by itself.

Check out these recipes for chicken, tofu, and lean beef stir-fries. You don’t need to follow them exactly, but the techniques will work with a variety of vegetables and add-ons.

3. HEALTH-FULL PASTA

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Don’t believe anyone who tells you pasta can’t be healthy. It can. And those who deny themselves the joy of pasta do not live their greatest lives. First, use whole wheat pasta because like brown rice, it has more nutrients and fiber. Second, add PLENTY of vegetables and some healthy protein. Third, limit your sources of saturated fats like cream, butter, cheese, and fatty meat.

Try this Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables and Pine Nuts, or EVEN this Linguine with Shrimp, Olives, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Try making this fusilli with roasted broccoli and cauliflower with whole wheat noodles, half the pasta and cheese, and twice the veggies. As much as possible, use olive oil as your choice of oil. Much better than using cooking oil!

4. DELLY BAKED FISH OR BROILED FISH

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You’ve probably heard it a hundred times: Fish is really good for you. It’s high in protein but also low in fat, making it an excellent alternative to chicken or red meat. White-fleshed fish like tilapia is especially low in fat, while oily fish like salmon is extra high in Omega-3’s. However, some fish are higher in mercury than others, and a lot of species are at risk due to overfishing. The National Resources Defense Council has information here to help you make the best choice when you’re buying.

Even when choosing fish isn’t easy, cooking it can always be super-simple. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is to bake it in parchment paper, but broiling is another easy option for when you want something quick and crispy. For a quick, easy marinade, try mixing oil, soy sauce, garlic, mustard and scallions, with proportions according to taste. (The more mustard, the spicier, the more soy saucer the saltier, etc.) It will work on basically everything.

5. WELL-BALANCED FRUIT SALAD

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There are tons of ways to make a great fruit salad, but it takes a little bit more thought than just throwing a bunch of fruit in a bowl and hoping for the best. First, you need good fruit. Choose what’s in season. Second, be mindful of the fruit combinations — more is not necessarily better. Third, add a simple but delicious dressing. A fail-safe dressing formula: citrus juice + fresh herb + honey or syrup.

6. LOW-SUGAR CHOCOLATE PUDDING

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Chocolate. Is. Amazing. Don’t deprive yourself, just learn to enjoy in ways that are healthier than a Snickers bar. Chocolate pudding is the perfect solution, because there are so many ways to make it (secretly) good for you. Try this chocolate avocado pudding when you don’t have a lot of time, these chocolate mousse cups if you’re looking to trick someone (or yourself) into eating tofu, or a chia seed and date chocolate pudding if you’re looking for something a little funky.

Make yourself free and pampered your body with such amazing nutrition foods. Fulfill your body needs by making some of the healthy food!

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com

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