Food is a way of life. There’s no sane person who can stay away from the aroma of their favorite food item. Food is comfort, a companion in tiring times, and what not. Hence, it is very difficult to watch your weight and health; all the while devouring those tasty delicacies day after day.
It is usually tiring to follow a set routine, and it becomes an especially humungous task if the routine’s a diet. Dieting may or may not be justified, but why go through all that pain of being separated by your loyal companion, A.K.A. food? So, instead of cutting down on good food, the easier option is to go for food that is not only healthy, but also works wonders for your taste buds, i.e. recipes for a fit life.
Here are a few healthy recipes that would ensure your fitness, and also provide that much-needed relief to your tongue.
Oaty Fruity Cereal
The perfect solution to your never-ending breakfast dilemmas; this recipe is meant for all those health freaks who do not want to skip their breakfast, but want to go for recipes for fit life.
- 100 g dried fruit, such as sultanas, raisins, dried apricots
- 50 g mixed unsalted nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
- 50 g mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy
- 400 g porridge oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon , optional
- milk or natural yoghurt , to serve
- 1 eating apple
- roughly 400 ml milk
- To make the basic cereal, roughly chop any larger dried fruit and nuts, then place into a large bowl along with the seeds, oats and cinnamon (if using).
- Tip into an airtight container.
- Now you have two choices. To serve your cereal as it is, place a handful of cereal (roughly 50g) per person into your serving bowls.
- Add milk or natural yoghurt and chopped fresh fruit, if you like, then serve.
- To make bircher muesli for 4 people, add 200g of the cereal to a large bowl.
- Place a box grater on a board, and then coarsely grate the apple, discarding the core. Add it to your oaty cereal.
- Pour over enough milk to cover, and then mix well.
- Cover the bowl with cling-film, and then pop in the fridge to soak overnight.
- When you’re ready to eat, give the bircher a good stir, divide between your bowls, then serve with chopped fresh fruit, if you like.
Steamed Fish with Spicy Broth and Cucumber
All those people who spend more than half their free time thinking about what to have for lunch (that would gel in with their fit lifestyle), this recipe provides the ultimate fix to all those complicated lunch orders at large.
- One 2-pound black sea bass—filleted, bones reserved and head discarded (have your fishmonger do this)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- One 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced and lightly crushed
- 4 scallions
- 3 cilantro sprigs
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or other Asian chili sauce
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Kosher salt
- 1 English cucumber, spiraled
- Black sesame seeds, for garnish
- In a large, deep skillet, combine the fish bones with the tomatoes, ginger, scallions, cilantro, tomato paste and sambal. Add 6 cups of water and set a bamboo steamer on top. Bring the water to a boil, and then simmer over moderate heat until the tomatoes start to break down, about 5 minutes.
- Drizzle the fish with oil and season with salt. Put the fish in the steamer basket skin side up, cover and steam over moderately low heat until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Using a thin spatula, transfer the fish to shallow bowls. Strain the broth into a heatproof bowl; discard the solids. Season the broth with salt and ladle over the fish. Pile the cucumber alongside, garnish with sesame seeds and serve.
Serve with: Steamed Rice
Happy eating, folks!