Eating the right foods is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy and fit. If you are looking to improve your health and wellbeing this month, starting to eat healthier foods is an important thing and it will fuel you for a healthy day.
Maintaining your health every day is important whether you visit an orthodontist for your teeth, head to your GP for a checkup, or attend regular physio – but the food is a huge part of staying fit and healthy.
Today we want to take a look at some of the recipes you can make this week that are super healthy and nutritious, and that will fuel your body and put a pep in your step.
Tagine is the name of a cooking vessel, however, you do not need to have one of these in your home to make a healthy and nutritious version of this Moroccan dish in your own house. This dish is full of flavour and simple ingredients that will fuel your body the right way and the butternut squash will provide the vitamins you need to keep healthy teeth and skin.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp coriander leaf
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 shallots
- 2 garlic cloves
- 6 dried apricots
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 300g butternut squash
- 1 tbsp honey
- In a hob safe casserole dish, pan fry your chicken breasts until browned on both sides. Remove.
- Dice your shallots, garlic, and butternut squash. Cut the apricots into small pieces.
- Add your shallots to the pan and sweat for a few minutes. Add the garlic and spices and cook for 30 seconds. Add your stock, chicken, diced butternut squash, honey, and apricots.
- Put on the lid to your casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes at 200C.
- Remove the chicken and chop into pieces. Serve with couscous and tzatziki.
Chilli stuffed sweet potato
This simple and filling meal will fill you up for the day without the heavy carbs, and fuel you post-workout to give you plenty of energy. This size serves 4, but you can freeze batches.
- 500g lean beef mince
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 400ml chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 400g kidney beans
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp hot chilli powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp sour cream
- 1 handful chopped chives
- In a large saucepan, fry off your beef mince until browned and cooked through. Add the spices, tomato puree, and chopped tomatoes.
- In a small frying pan, add your drained kidney beans and dry fry for 2 minutes until lightly toasted and poppiung open. Add to the chilli.
- Simmer for 40 minutes.
- In the meantime, poke some holes in your sweet potatoes and place in the oven at 200C. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender.
- Remove your sweet potatoes from the oven and allow the cool for 2 minutes. Split in the middle, open up, and chuff up the insides a little.
- Add your chilli mixture and top with a dollop of sour cream, and chives.
Why is nutritious food so important?
Well, our body needs a variety of nutrients in order to function properly. Every nutrient performs a different role in our body, whether it is for supporting a chemical reaction a physiological activity, or physical activity, your body will need certain vitamins and minerals. It’s important to note that nutrients are also codependent, so if you don’t obtain enough of one nutrient, the body may struggle to absorb another. This can lead to a ripple effect causing numerous nutritional deficiencies and a multitude of symptoms like headaches, tiredness, hair loss, weight loss or weight gain, poor immune system, and so much more.
Be sure to check out our health and fitness courses to learn more about health, fitness, and nutrition.