Recipes: Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips

It’s difficult to find a snack as good as potato chips – crispy, crunchy and tasty to accompany your movie time or when you’re working to a deadline. However, we know that chips aren’t exactly good for your health. Luckily, there are a lot of alternatives to potato chips – ones as crunchy and delicious, too!

Here are the recipes for potato chips alternatives.

  1. Roasted Radish Chips
Source: She Makes a Home

With low carb and no added sugar, you couldn’t go wrong with these chips.

  1. Parmesan Wonton Crackers
Source: Jessie / Life as a Strawberry

These crackers make a great crowd-pleaser – perfect as a party snack or even just to accompany your afternoon TV time.

  1. Apple Chips
Source: The Italian Dish

With natural spices, these chips could be a great choice if you opt for something sweet instead. You can also try this recipe with pear.

  1. Zucchini Chips
Source: Maggie / Vittles and Bits

Baked instead of fried – what more could you ask for? You can also customize the spices to your liking.

  1. Kale Chips
Source: The Cookie Writer

Mixed with the goodness of coconut oil, these chips make a great snack for everyone. Cook them longer for extra crisp!

  1. Pumpkin Chips
Source: Shundara / SavyNaturalista

Don’t forget to remove the pulp before cutting the pumpkin up.

Tips to Improve Your Eating Plan in 2017

2017 is here – a perfect time to kickstart the pursuit of new goals. The term “new year, new you” might sound like a cliché, but why not try to make a real change in your life? This could start with better diet and eating habits. Here are a few tips that you could try to make 2017 a better year for your health and palate.

Opt for whole grains instead of processed carbs

Consumption of whole grains is associated with lower risks of obesity and diabetes as well as improved heart health, according to Dr. Walter Willett, chair of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

“Many of the cereal grains and breads we eat are heavily processed, which is not what you want,” Willett’s colleague, Dr. David Ludwig told TIME. “You want something where you can see bits of kernel in it, and that has a dense, chewy consistency… Basically, the opposite of Wonder Bread.” Ludwig recommended “sprouted” or “stoneground” grain breads to get the best health benefits.

Eat more vegetables

It goes without saying that vegetables are good for you – the vitamins, minerals and fibres help prevent heart disease, cancers and weight gain. But did you know that most Australians only eat half of the recommended quantity of vegetables a day?

Eat for Health recommends 5 serves of vegetables per day for adults – which means around 2.5 cups of cooked green vegetables 5 cups of raw salad vegetables. So make sure you always have some veggies in your plate!

Don’t drink your calories

With the plethora of drink options available – from sports drinks and juices to coffee and tea – water remains the best choice. It will keep you hydrated without the added sugar and calories, keeping your weight in check.

Fats: eat the good, avoid the bad

Fat has long been blamed for weight issues, but it is actually an important part of our diet. Fat is a significant source of energy which also helps vitamin absorption and cell regeneration.

The trick is to choose the ‘good’ fats from the ‘bad’ ones. According to Harvard Health Publications, the bad ones include trans fats and saturated fats, which could increase LDL cholesterol level as well as the risks of heart diseases. These could be found in red meat, cheese, whole-milk dairy products, and more.

The good ones include unsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol levels and risks of heart diseases. These fats could be found in avocados, flaxseed, a number of oils (such as canola, peanut, olive), most nuts (such as walnut), and fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, trout).

6 Vegetarian Party Dish Recipes

In the world of sausage rolls and mini beef burger sliders, there does not seem to be a lot of vegetarian party dishes. However, there are actually an abundance of vegetarian dishes that are great for parties and entertaining. Here are a few recipes that are sure to please your vegetarian friends… and maybe, your non-vegetarian friends, too.

Shiitake Nigiri

Source: Olives for Dinner

A spin to Japanese sushi that is bite-size and tasty.

 

Roasted Portobello Mushroom, Pecan and Chestnut Wellington

Source: Scott Suchman / The Washington Post

Finally, a wellington that you can enjoy without guilt. Packed with proteins from the nuts, this one is sure to keep you satiated for a while.

 

Spinach Dip

Source: No Recipes

Dip it with baguette or carrot sticks – a surefire way to start a party in your mouth.

 

BBQ Mushroom Steamed Buns

Source: My Goodness Kitchen

A modification of the traditional pork steam bun recipe, the BBQ Mushroom Steamed Buns is sweet enough to make you grab for more.

 

Mediterranean Pinwheels

Source: Contentedness Cooking

Imagine Mediterranean salad, but in a roll. Add tofu or tempeh if you want more protein on the inside.

 

Carrot Chips

Source: Running to the Kitchen

Easy and quick to make, even your non-vegetarian friends would not stop munching on this.

5 Best Oatmeal-Based Recipes

Oatmeal is a wonderful food – low in fat, high in fibres, and helps lower cholesterol level. Eating it plain can be a bit boring, but thankfully oatmeal is also one of the most versatile food products. There are a lot of ways to cook and modify oatmeal – here are five of my favourite recipes that you could try.

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal chocolate cookie
Source: Sugar Apron

Tasty, sweet, practical and easy-to make, this recipe is great for all ages. Add in a few chocolate chips or raisins if you’d like!

 

Oatmeal Superfood Breakfast Bar

Source: A Healthy Life For Me
Source: A Healthy Life For Me

For a healthy, wholesome breakfast, look no further than this. The whole batch lasts one week, allowing you to prepare breakfast for the seven days ahead.

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Source: FoodieCrush
Source: FoodieCrush

A healthier alternative to blueberry muffins. Eat it plain or spread a little margarine or honey to go!

 

Oatmeal Raisin Rolls

Source: Averiecooks / Averie Sunshine
Source: Averiecooks / Averie Sunshine

Chewy yet soft, these raisin rolls will keep you full for a while.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats

pumpkin spice latte oatmeal
Source: The Healthy Maven

Unlike the pumpkin spice latte that you find in coffee shops, this one has actual pumpkin in it. Be mindful that this recipe takes approximately six hours, so prepare this at night for breakfast.

What to Eat When You’re Sick

When you are sick, the idea of food suddenly becomes unappealing – from the non-existent appetite to the bland taste of basically everything. However, food is most important when you feel ill – you require the nutrients to boost your body strength and help you recover. So what food would help you get better in the most effective way? Here’s a list of what to eat when you’re sick.

Do you have…

Cold or flu?

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  • Vegetable or chicken soup: The hot broth from the soup can keep you hydrated and soothe your sore throat. Chicken soup can also help relieve congestion because of its amino acid, which thins out mucus in the lungs.
  • Spicy foods: A research in the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center found that a little bit of chili pepper could alleviate sinus inflammation.
  • Hot tea with honey: Not only could it prevent dehydration, hot tea could also relieve congestion and sore throat. A combination of tea and honey could also help the body fight bacteria.

Stomach problems?

  • Ginger: The anti-inflammatory component in ginger helps relieve motion sickness, upset stomach and more.
  • Bananas: Bananas are not only easy to digest, but they are also rich in potassium, which is often drained after vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Dry crackers: They might be bland, but that’s exactly why they are a good food to eat after an upset stomach episode. Easily digestible, dry crackers could help one transition back to normal diet.

Fatigue?

Brain Food: The Best Things to Eat for Better Memory, Focus and Brain Health

Deadlines? Cramming for exams? Whatever it is you are working on, you’ll need healthy, nutritious food to fuel your brain. Grabbing a bag of chips or lollies might be tempting, but junk food might not help you focus or do your work better. Here are the best things to snack on to help you boost your brainpower!

Avocado

The monosaturated fat in avocados help improve blood flow – and “healthy blood flow means a healthy brain,” according to Ann Kulze, MD, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss & Lifelong Vitality. They could also lower blood pressure, thereby reducing the risks of hypertension or stroke that could damage the brain. So don’t hesitate – spread the fruit on your toast!

Blueberries

blueberry

Or “brainberries”, as Steven Pratt, MD, author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, calls these fruits. With rich antioxidant and gallic acid, blueberries protect your brain from degeneration and stress. Studies also found that diets rich in blueberries enhanced the learning capacity and motor skills of older rats. What more could you ask for?

Eggs

Eggs have been hailed as the ultimate source of protein to build muscle, but the choline inside could also help maintain your brain functions. A research conducted at Boston University found that choline consumption correlated positively with better performance in memory tests.

Green vegetables

Most green vegetables can improve your brain function in many different ways. Broccoli, for example, contains a number of important nutrients: vitamin K that enhances cognitive abilities, choline that boosts memory, glucosinolates that help maintain brain functions and memory, and more. Green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are also filled with vitamins A and K, keeping your bones strong and dementia at bay.

Nuts

Nuts contain vitamin E, which is great in preventing cognitive decline and associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer development. Want to have extra benefits? Opt for walnuts – they boost your memory and improve alertness through their high antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Quinoa Power Salad Recipes

Quinoa is the latest health food craze in town – and for a good reason, too. It is gluten-free grain; a good source of carbohydrates that packs a lot of nutrition, including fibre, magnesium, folate, iron and zinc. But how can you cook them? Here are a few quinoa salad recipes that are sure to power you up throughout the day!

Spring Quinoa Salad

spring salad
Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

This recipe proves that green food can be tasty, too. Mix in quinoa with asparagus, peas, chopped avocados and lemon-olive oil dressing, and you got yourself a tasty bowl of superfood!

Check out the recipe here.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

black bean salad
Source: Damn Delicious

With this salad, you can get protein from the beans, fibres from the quinoa and refreshing taste from the orange vinaigrette – what more could you ask for?

Check out the recipe here.

Apple Walnut Quinoa Salad

apple walnut salad
Source: Family Table Treasures

The crunchy texture of this salad will make you come back for more.

Check out the recipe here.

 

Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese

strawberry spinach salad
Source: Cookie and Kate

All the goodness of quinoa, combined with extra vitamin C from strawberries and vitamin A from spinach – a perfect healthy lunch for you.

Check out the recipe here.

Broccoli Quinoa Salad

broccoli quinoa salad
Source: IFoodReal

Full of herbs and all-green ingredients, this salad could fill you up despite its low calories.

Check out the recipe here.

 

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

butternut salad
Source: The Kitchen McCabe

Featuring cranberries, spinach and sweet onion, this salad is as colourful as it is tasty.

Check out the recipe here.

These are the recipes for quinoa power salads. How would you prepare quinoa for lunch tomorrow?