Easy Recipes That Pack a Nutritional Punch

by Fit After Fifty
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The best food is often the easiest to prepare. And when you choose fresh, quality ingredients, some of the most nutritious food can be just as easy to make. To put you on the right track, we’ve gathered some of the easiest and most nutritionally-dense — and tastiest! — recipes for you to enjoy.

Avocado Toast

This recipe is straightforward, with only a few steps and a handful of ingredients:

  • Sprouted grain bread, toasted
  • Avocado, mashed
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle over avocado
  • Dash of salt

Toast the bread, spread mashed avocado on the toast, drizzle oil over the avocado, and then sprinkle with the salt.

The sprouted grain bread is a good source of glucose for the brain, with a low glycemic index that won’t cause a blood sugar spike. Avocado and olive oil are full of heart- and brain-healthy monounsaturated fats, and avocado is chock-full of vitamins and other nutrients.

Kale and Quinoa Salad

This delicious salad lets the taste of the foods shine through, with a dose of healthful dressing and yummy toppings to round out the flavors.

Quinoa is a grain-like food that contains all of the essential amino acids, also called a complete protein. In addition to the quality protein, quinoa also has a lot of trace minerals vital to good health, such as manganese, phosphorus, and copper.

Kale is well known as a nutritional powerhouse, and did you know that this leafy green is one of the best sources of lutein, a carotenoid that protects the eye? This antioxidant is only one on the long list of vitamins and minerals in this superfood.

No-Bake Organic Coconut Balls

These coconut balls are a divine treat, but for less glycemic load, you can substitute stevia and water for the honey or maple syrup.

Coconut is a seemingly magical food with its many health benefits. One of those benefits is the type of fat that predominates coconut’s profile. The liver uses the fats, called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), found in this tropical food for energy rather than storage. Research suggests that adding MCTs to your diet can increase how many calories you burn.

Healthy Fast Food

Fast and convenient don’t have to mean unhealthy when you use ingredients that have so much nutritional bang for your buck. Once you start to incorporate healthy food into your diet, you will find that you crave good food, and processed foods will lose their appeal. This fast food is a habit that you should definitely pick up.

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