What’s for Dinner? Healthy Meal Ideas

Wild caught, Pacific salmon is a great source of important Omega 3 fatty acids.

Diet defines health. Therefore, it is our responsibility to feed our bodies with good food so we can live healthy and happy lives. Because of this, it is necessary to prepare healthy meals consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. A plant based diet will provide the most nutrients to us allowing for the most optimal health.

When planning our diet, keep in mind that the body needs to be nourished by all the necessary nutrients. These nutrients cannot be found in processed junk foods. Healthy meal ideas are necessary to manage our overall health, prevent chronic illness and live a longer, healthier and happier life. Since the level of health consciousness in our society has risen in recent years, many people are looking for ways to make their favorite meals much healthier, without the sacrificing taste.

The key is to provide ourselves and our families with a balanced diet with the required amounts of nutrients along with good forms of exercise. These lifestyle factors  can certainly solve the majority of our health problems. Preparing healthy food is easy as there are plenty of options available.

Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet. Brown rice, for example, can be a party of countless healthy meal recipes. It is good for digestion and is a very good source of carbohydrates.

The best way to prepare and enjoy quick healthy meals is to make them at home. Some planning in advance is required but well worth the effort. If you are limited on time, work out a menu over the weekend and prepare it for the coming week.

The majority of my diet is vegan. However, I do see the importance of including omega 3 fatty acids in my diet. Therefore, I am sure to consume some wild caught salmon and deep sea tuna, which are great sources of omega 3s, regularly. Other good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are walnuts and flax seeds.

The number of meals and sauces you can create with healthy ingredients are endless. Here is a quick healthy meal idea that makes a wonderfully easy dinner. Serve the dressing over a salad that is chock full of fresh organic greens and packed with other veggies as well.

Lemon Pepper Dressing
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cracked black peppercorns

Put all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Drizzle over a salad or use your favorite vegetables to dip.

Grilled Wild Salmon

  • 16 oz of wild Alaskan Salmon
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Mix olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a bowl to make a marinade. Place the salmon in the marinade, and refrigerate for an hour. Remove the fish from the marinade and grill 6 to 8 minutes per side. Grilled salmon is delicious served with a side of asparagus, steamed carrots or broccoli.

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