Storified by ebanreb· Fri, Apr 12 2013 17:31:00
Are you following a diet? If you are battling fat for control of your body, or even if you just want to eat a healthy diet and feel better, then you need to know a bit more about healthy diet recipes. What should these recipes offer you? How do you know if they are actually healthy or not? The first thing that you should do is throw away any preconceived notion that only major diet programs produce diet recipes - you can find any number of great options available.
Another thing that you should know about healthy diet recipes is that they are not all created equal. Even those that seem very healthy can, in fact, have an adverse effect on your diet. How is this possible? You need to realize that "low fat" does not always equate to "healthy." In fact, if you were to eliminate fat from your diet completely, you would die. Your body needs fat to live. In addition, those recipes that replace fat with manufactured compounds and chemicals do not do you any favors. If you want to read more about healthy diet recipes and the best food recipes in the world, Gourmandia makes that easy with their collection of low fat, low calorie and low carb recipes .
You should also investigate the portion sizes that the recipe will yield. If the portions seem a bit small, this is because you have become accustomed to consuming modern portions - overeating. Reducing your portions by following healthy diet recipes is vital to defeating your weight gain and creating a slimmer, healthier you.
In summation, healthy recipes should do several things for you. They should help you avoid processed foods. They should help you reduce your fat and caloric intake (these are different) and they should help you reduce your portion size. If you are following diet recipes that do not do this, then you might need to reevaluate them.
Eating soup regularly as part of a balanced meal is a great way to start off a healthy diet plan. If prepared healthily using low-fat, high-fiber and preferably organic ingredients, it can even take the place of an entire meal! In fact, a diet was invented that revolves around the consumption of cabbage soup every day for seven days. Each day would call for the consumption of a certain food group plus as much cabbage soup as you wish. This became quite popular as it promised the dieter ten pounds shed in just one week.
If cabbage is not your favorite and you want more variety, take your favorite chowder, goulash and sukiyaki and transform it to healthier dishes. Consider using leaner cuts of meat; opting for low-sodium broth (or better yet make it yourself); not using monosodium glutamate and adding organic vegetables, fresh herbs and spices
French onion soup uses a very flavorful beef broth base with a crusty cheese topping. Asian hot and sour soup though containing a lot of vegetables also has a considerable amount of meats like liver and dried sausages. Japanese sukiyaki has thinly sliced fatty beef with tofu, mushrooms and vegetables in a sweet soya base. Needless to say, these dishes can go overboard with the fat, sodium and cholesterol content. Consider this every time you make your own at home.