You know, one of my greatest daily concerns is what to eat for my next meal #FirstWorldProblems. Dinner is especially difficult to plan since I'm too lazy to make something complex, but I also don't want to end up eating instant ramen or pasta for yet again another night (yeah, life can be difficult).
If you're just a little bit like me, then you probably encounter the same problems. Making dinner can be problematic, since eating the wrong food at dinner especially can make us put on a few pounds here and there, and frankly speaking, not a lot of people are happy about gaining weight.
But it's not only a matter of staying skinny, it's also about staying fit and healthy. As you know, various types of food can hurt more than they can help. Some lead to heart disease, strokes, and so on; others are bad for your liver or muscles etc...
And finally, there are some foods that you just shouldn't eat before sleep, such as greasy hamburgers, or cake (even though the cake is hard to resist, I can give you that).
So, without further ado, let's discover together the best foods for healthy and filling dinners that will not leave you feeling unsatisfied or craving a candy bar (happens to the best of us, really).
Of course, I was going with salmon first! This super delicious, super healthy (but kinda expensive) fish is one of the best foods you could eat for dinner. Loaded with Vitamin B6, Omega 3 oil, and good fats, it's definitely one of the healthiest foods out there. It's also important to note that salmon is filling (since it's full of proteins) and will definitely not make you put on any weight!
Another thing to know: salmon (and fish in general) may actually help reduce heart disease! Indeed, research has shown that consuming salmon and other fatty fish such as cod, halibut, and tuna increases levels of omega-3 fats in the human body, and thus, helps protect against heart disease.
See, the thing about spinach is that few people know how delicious it can be if cooked right. I was never one of those children who would see spinach on her plate and go eww because my mom knew exactly how to cook it (she steamed it then sauteed it with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and some red olives, it was superb!).
Well, good for me I guess, since spinach is considered a super food! High in vitamin B6 (just like salmon), potassium, and magnesium, it's perfect in a soup, added to a salad or served alongside some salmon (hehe, see what I did here? Super food combo, Y'all!).
And if you're not feeling like cooking spinach at night, think about blending it with some fruits, Greek yogurt, and maybe honey, and get yourself a smoothie dinner!
Still not convinced with spinach? Check out this article numbering all the benefits of this delicious vegetable.
Lentils are tiny and fun to eat, they're also delicious as a stew with some vegetables, a pinch of chili pepper, and lots and lots of spices (man, now I'm hungry). This legume is a great source of fiber (which helps people with digestion or high cholesterol issues … or both!), of tryptophan, and of proteins (which is perfect if you're a vegan or vegetarian diet).
You can eat lentils in salads, as a soup, or as a stew as I already said. They're delicious, filling, they stabilize blood sugar, and they even help you lose weight! They'll also leave you full and satisfied for the night, so there's that too!
Yes, soybeans might be boring (believe me, I know), but they're also full of tryptophan, which is a sleep-inducing amino acid (and thus will help you have a good night of sleep) and loaded with calcium.
They are one of the world's healthiest food, and it's easy to understand why; they boost your body's metabolic activity, help lower cholesterol levels, and even prevent heart attacks, strokes, and bone diseases.
But mostly, we suggest eating soybeans for dinner because they can help make your sleep better since they can increase the quality, restfulness, and duration of your sleep.
In the end
Of course, your diet should be varied, and I'm not saying you should cut out fatty or sugary food completely. A hamburger, a plate of fries, pizza, or a part of cake once in a while won't kill you. In the contrary, it will help you keep a healthy diet, though you need to eat everything in moderation, and not give in to your cravings completely.
So, folks, I hope I gave you some ideas. So now, go on, and cook away!