The BIG “Healthy Recipe” Resource………
10 Best Recipe Websites for Super Healthy Family Meals
We have all had to do it at some time……search through magazines, recipe books or websites looking for healthy recipe ideas for dinner (or for some of my personal training clients)?
Well look no further!
Here are 10 of my favourite sites that will make a great resource for fast and nutritious meal ideas for you and your family.
I guarantee you will always manage to find something delicious, inexpensive, easy to prepare and of course……healthy.
Also, you are sure to have a couple of favourite healthy recipe web sites of your own so please feel free to share them with us by leaving the address and a few brief words in the comments box at the bottom of the page. People love sharing recipes so please share the love.
Everybody’s friend when it comes to online recipes.
This is an old favourite with over 50,000 recipes. It has a great search feature and categorizes the meals extremely well. If you want vegetarian or gluten free options, simply type the term into their very efficient search box.
This is one site I visit regularly as I know I will always find something new to cook.
Another great site with dozens of options. A collection of recipes that have less than 10g fat per serve for mains and less than 4.5 g fat per serve for desserts.
Click on the “Expert Advice” tab and you will find enough good info there about health and fitness for all ages to keep you reading for the next couple of days.
3. Food Network:
A popular site; this link takes you directly to the Healthy Recipe section of the very comprehensive site. But don’t stop at the recipes……there are all sorts of other articles for the mind, body and soul like in the examples below.
Take a peek at this article ladies: 5 Ways to Improve Body Image…….it’s well worth a read to help get your thinking right.
It tells us that, “it’s easier to feel good about yourself when you surround yourself with those who recognize the importance of liking yourself for who you naturally are.”
And another comment I feel is even more important in this day and age, “In traditional media, we’re exposed to a very narrow definition of beauty. It’s important to train our eyes to recognize that beauty isn’t size specific.”
4. Mayo Clinic:
A very well laid out index, where you can choose the meal, but also the main ingredient (great for vegetarians and people with special dietary needs).
For a full-on flavour Mediterranean style chicken and beans dish that is chocked full of goodness, try this one: White Chicken Chili.
5. Eating Well:
As the name suggests, this site is packed with good quality meals. There is also a cool section where readers can submit their own recipes.
Something else I thought was of interest here is the 18 vegetarian lunch ideas for work. A great change from cheese, lettuce and vegemite sandwiches.
Eating Well has put together 7 days of healthy 500-calorie dinners that are balanced for the three macronutrients (carbs, fat and protein) and are healthy, well balanced family meals to enjoy even if you’re not following a 5:2 or macros weight loss diet.
6. All Recipes:
This site is also very well laid out. Has a gluten free recipe section and even videos to help those who need extra help.
While you are here try this Tabouli Recipe with a difference. It is made from quinoa instead of the traditional bulgur and makes a great side to any dish. Also good served with some grilled chicken thighs.
7. Cooking Light:
Cooking light has a list of the most popular meals on the site (which can save you time going through the whole thing) as well as some daily motivational fitness tips as well.
One area of interest is filed under “Nutrition” where they have a section dedicated to plenty of smart recipe makeovers.
What happens is they take popular well known recipes and show you how to alter the ingredients to make them more waistline healthy.
8. Healthy Food:
Very user friendly search feature and a lot of inexpensive meal options and ideas.
They have a great section called 5 pm panic. Ideal for working mothers who need to be able to whip together a nutritious meal with the minimum of fuss.
Here is one of my favourites: Chicken and white bean stew. I made one small change when I cooked it; I replaced the red lentils with brown (or puy) as we like them better…….but you choose.
9. Spark Recipes:
One of the most comprehensive sites with regards to recipes for people with special dietary needs. Their VERY handy calculator sends you right where you need to go just by selecting from the drop down menus.
If you are on any sort of diet program and need to know at a glance what and how much you are eating then you will love this site as each recipe has a full breakdown of the fat, protein, carbs and fibre in each meal. Something I am sure you will find to be very handy addition.
10. Good to Know:
Another cool site that has more videos than you can poke a stick at, as well as very clear instructions and images and you can sort the recipes by cost, time and skill. It’s a UK site sporting a few Hairy Biker’s recipes as well.
All of the above sites give you the option to print off the recipes, and are spam free (pun intended especially for those people in the US, South Korea and Guam).
11. A Bonus – something for everyone – 5,399 Healthy Recipes
With this huge recipe resource you can forget about counting calories or sacrificing flavour. Just enjoy your favourite foods in abundance and choose from veggie-packed dishes to deeply satisfying salads.
I hope you found this healthy recipe resource helpful.
Got your own favourite recipe site? Then let us know by posting a link in the comments below.
Thanks and best wishes John – your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.
Everyone loves a good recipe so please tell a friend………like and share. Thanks.
Here’s to healthy eating!
P.S. A quick reminder to close: “Your diet is number ONE! You can live in the gym but if you don’t eat clean you’re wasting your time.”