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Food that is healthy yet genuinely delicious

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flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:22:50

So, as we all know most healthy is not as tasty as unhealthy food. For example, carrots = disgusting, but fudge = delicious. I am starting to try and eat more healthily (not trying to lose weight, just want eat more nutritious food). And I want to come up with a list of foods that are genuinely tasty (as in they're so nice that you crave them) and yet really healthy too. I know everyone will have different tastes, but I'm curious to know: which foods do you find are gorgeous but nutritious? Below is my list so far:

smoked salmon
smoked mackerel
cottage cheese
EV olive oil

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storminabuttercup Thu 05-Apr-12 17:24:51

Dark chocolate is dead good for you, it was on the telly so must be true!

ShatnersBonnet Thu 05-Apr-12 17:27:07


lancelottie Thu 05-Apr-12 17:29:18

Black olives
Dried apricots (dentist might argue with me on this list)
..but actually I like carrots. And dry Ryvita. Oh dear.

flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:29:27

Oh my god I forgot Marmite. Thanks! And dark chocolate. I knew this thread was a good idea.

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MrsPlugThePlumber Thu 05-Apr-12 17:29:49

Raspberries/strawberries/grapes -
The Ryvita with the lovely seeds on and Philadelphia

FrankWippery Thu 05-Apr-12 17:30:59

Fresh tuna
Black beans

flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:31:48

yy to olives, dates and strawberries. I do like Ryvita, but it needs to be covered in butter (real butter)

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QuestionTime Thu 05-Apr-12 17:32:14

Kara coconut milk. Currently my new passion - only discovered it a few days ago as normal milk makes me spotty. It's delicious and creamy and half the calories of semi skimmed. Plus any fish I love

flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:33:16

FrankWippery I love Chinese black bean sauce, but would have no clue what to do with an actual tin of black beans. Perhaps I should look into this.

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Tillyscoutsmum Thu 05-Apr-12 17:33:51

I don't know about individual food items as such but we have been on a bit of a healthy (or at least a bit healthier than normal) diet since January. Fresh herbs and spices make things so much nicer. There are a good few recipes which have fresh ginger, chillis, garlic & spring onions in which are really lovely and healthy. The health kick was for my benefit but even DH (who really wasn't keen on the idea of giving up his pie & chips etc) has said he hasn't enjoyed his food so much for years....

Iambaboon Thu 05-Apr-12 17:34:00

What do you do to an aubergine to make it delicious?

Sorry can't make any suggestions I only like crap

RickGhastley Thu 05-Apr-12 17:34:19

Rachel's organic yoghurt - the pear and plum one is lush.

Iambaboon Thu 05-Apr-12 17:34:41

Actually nuts are nice especially m&s chocolate covered Brazils

ABitSnowyOutside Thu 05-Apr-12 17:35:16

Blueberry muffins

red wine

flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:37:28

Iamababoon I usually slice aubergine thinly and roast it to within an inch of its life (ie just before it turns totally black). I also made Swooning Imams the other day, an aubergine-based dish which really was swooningly gorgeous.

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flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:39:02

mmm Rachel's yoghurt...I only like the coconut one, which has a bucket load of cream in, so that can't go on the list.

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ouryve Thu 05-Apr-12 17:39:03

Rhubarb. Not so much the crumble I've just baked mine into.
Pak Choi. I actually crave it, sometimes.

FirstLastEverything Thu 05-Apr-12 17:41:42

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flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:42:45

And this is the greatest salad ever:

thinly sliced roast aubergines
roast red peppers
roasted cherry tomatoes
olive oil and balsamic as a dressing
a little bit of feta
dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkling of paprika.

It's a salad that tastes greater than the sum of its parts. Iamababoon if it doesn't make you like aubergines nothing will.

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FrankWippery Thu 05-Apr-12 17:42:52

flight - they are delicious. My current favourite way to do them is:

One tin of black beans, drained
½ tsp nam pla
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp oil - olive/rape seed/chili
handful chopped coriander
1 tsp caster sugar
1½ tsp dark soy sauce.

Lob in bowl, stir well. Leave overnight to yummy up. Remove from fridge about half an hour before eating, stir through a bit very lot more coriander and eat.

I am a very greedy cow and tend to make double quantities.... But serve it with a tuna steak, cooked rare with a tomato and avocado salad. It's my variation on a Nigella recipe. Bloody delicious and I feel everso saintly eating it.

flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:43:41

FirstLast soy sauce?? Is that healthy? If so then it's definitely going on the list

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flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:44:23

<runs off to google nam pla>

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kerfuzzled Thu 05-Apr-12 17:45:03

Beetroot mmm love it smile)

flightofthe7millionbumblebees Thu 05-Apr-12 17:45:42

aha, fish sauce, I get ya. That sounds amazing Frank. I can't eat citrus, would it be ok to just leave out the lime or should I replace with something?

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