Diet & Nutrition

How to Create Healthy Dinner Ideas in 3 Easy Steps

How to Create Healthy Dinner Ideas in 4 Easy Steps

Thinking about what to have for dinner can be so overly complicated, especially when it comes to trying to keep things healthy!

It’s absolutely draining and unnecessary to argue about what to have when you’re doing your food shop too.

If this sounds like you please try my go-to method for thinking of  healthy dinner ideas for the week ahead!

The Method

Step 1: Pick a protein source

I find this is the best thing to start with normally as you can easily keep it varied and different every day!

Step 2: Pick a carbohydrate

Make no mistake, carbs aren’t bad for you and they don’t make you fat, so please do not ommit them from your diet. 

Step 3: Add some vegetables

It’s very important to add vegetables to your dinner for added fiber, vitamins and minerals. 

Step 4: Cook with a little fat.

Fats are 9 calories per gram as apposed to carbs and protein that are 4 calories per gram. So you don’t need a lot to make it to your daily target. 

That’s it!

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Healthy Dinner Planner

Pick a lean protein source*, aim for a serving size of 100-150g.

  • Chicken fillets
  • Pork medallions
  • Steak of choice
  • Turkey steaks
  • Lean beef mince
  • Lean turkey mince
  • Salmon
  • Seabass
  • White fish
  • Oily fish
  • Tuna steaks
  • King prawns
  • Tofu
  • Seitan

Pick a carbohydrate* and aim for 75g for rice and pasta and 150-200g raw for potatoes.

  • Pasta (white or brown)
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • White potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Quinoa
  • Cous cous
  • Bread (yes really!)

For vegetables your options are pretty unlimited*. Try to have 1-2 portions of veg with your dinner.

  • Carrots
  • Turnip
  • Parsnips
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Courgette
  • Aubergine
  • Green beans
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Mange tout
  • Sweetcorn
  • Peas
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers

For fats, you can either cook with some fats or add it as a garnish*.

  • Olive oil
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Olives

*By no means are you limited to just these options, they’re just suggestions!

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In Summary...

Eating healthy really doesn’t have to be complicated. A lot of people worry about the ‘right things’ to eat for dinner but really if you primarily stick to single ingredient whole foods, keep an eye on your portion sizes and eat mindfully, it should make the process a whole lot easier for you!

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