How Australian People Have a Love of Food

Australians love to eat.  Whether it’s chicken parmigiana, barbecued snags, pavlova, or a burger with “the lot”, Aussies love their food.

The problem comes from overeating too often, leading to obesity and other health complications from too much weight.

If you’re lucky, your metabolism is high and you can deal with excess calories.  You can go to the gym and try to maintain the status quo, but as the old maxim states – “you can’t outwork a bad diet”.  Sooner or later, it catches up with you.

The sad truth is you have to modify your diet.  Can you do that and still eat delicious food?  Fortunately, the answer is yes!

Breakfast

There are plenty of nutritious breakfast recipes.  Why not try a Shakshuka with a healthy twist?  If you’re not familiar, shakshuka is an African dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, olive oil and other vegetables.

You can make a healthy version by adding eggplant, zucchini, chickpeas, garlic, and ginger for more fibre and protein.  There are endless variations of the dish, and you can add any spare veggies left in the fridge.

If you’re on the go, try a smoothie.  A high-protein smoothie is a great way to start the day.  They are quick to make and can get you out the door in a hurry.

Try a combination of banana, mango and strawberry.  Simply put your fruit in the blender, add coconut water and protein powder, and blend.  If you want, you can add other fruits.

There are endless combinations of fruits you can use in a protein smoothie.  Whatever you have in your fridge will work.

If you don’t have coconut water, substitute almond milk or yoghurt.  For an extra boost, try adding some probiotics.

Lunch

For lunch, a grilled chicken burrito bowl is a healthy alternative.  This tasty dish, based on the Chipotle favorite is not only flavorful, it’s packed with protein and other nutrients.

Start with grilled chicken breast, add black beans, brown rice, corn, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.  This gives you a dish packed with fibre, vitamins and protein.  It’s quick and easy and best of all your whole family will love it.

Veggie wraps are another quick yet healthy lunch.  All you have to do is fill a tortilla with whatever veggies you prefer and a protein source and you’re ready to eat.

Chicken or beef is the most common protein, but if you prefer something a bit healthier try chickpeas, hummus, or Italian sausage.

Fast Food

What if you’re on the road, and can’t whip something up at home?  Can you find healthy food at a fast-food restaurant chain?

McDonald’s Classic Chicken Salad – grilled comes in at only 266 calories and contains 24 grams of protein, 10 grams of fat and only 7 grams of sugar.  That’s not a bad option when you have to eat out.

Other healthy choices include KFC’s original recipe burger and Hungry Jack’s grilled chicken classic burger.

There are plenty of healthier options for you if you decide to make the switch.

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