Insta Healthy!

Our Instagramaccounts are constantly flooded with endless pictures of mouth-watering and sumptuous foods. The problem is that these pictures can lead to some unhealthy cravings and a tendency to seek out sugary foods and other ingredients that are terrible for our health.

Instagrammable foods have been trending for some time, and have even spawned a new genre of restaurants that are themed around the social media app! The lighting, decor, and even the presentation of their dishes have all been carefully curated to do great things for your Instagram feed. If you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet while getting that Insta-perfect dish, look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the most Insta-worthy, yet healthy dishes that have been taking the social media world by storm. Take a look at some simple, delicious, and healthy foods that you can easily prepare yourself!

Acai Bowl

The queen of Instagrammable healthy foods has to be the Acai bowl. These are made from açai berries, which resemble grapes and have a delicious and tropical flavour thanks to their natural sweetness. It’s an extremely versatile flavour that can be paired with many other ingredients. One of the biggest health food fads at the moment is to have an açai bowl at the breakfast table. Acai bowls are also commonly known as smoothie bowls. Acai puree is required to make a classic açai bowl. Blend the acai puree packet with milk and fruits such as bananas, peanut butter, and blueberries. Whiz them together till the mixture is creamy, and top with your favourite ingredients such as granola, nuts, and fruits! Acai berries are high in antioxidants, fibre, and heart-healthy fats, along with other nutrients. This popular dish is pretty, delicious, healthy, and oh-so-easy to make!

Avocado Toast

If you love avocadoes, then this dish is for you. Avocado toast changed the world of healthy Insta foods forever. A good old avocado toast consists of (you guessed it!) avocados and toast! It is usually an open sandwich made of toast topped with mashed avocado mixed with salt, pepper, and sometimes citrus juice. There is a lot of area to experiment, and you may add many other ingredients to amp up the flavours, up such as hummus, olive oil, feta, tomatoes, and more. Avocado toast is also traditionally topped with a sunny-side up egg that works perfectly with the textures of the toast and soft avocado. This unique fruit consists of carbohydrates, and avocado is high in healthy fats. They are incredibly nutritious, containing potassium and fibre, and are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They can also help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Poke Bowl

A Hawaiian speciality that’s travelled to the mainland, poke bowls are quickly spreading across the world and becoming very popular! A traditional poke bowl, pronounced “po-kay”, consists of fresh cubed seafood, which is often raw tuna. The raw fish is marinated in ingredients such as soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions to cut through the rawness, and this mixture is served over a bowl of rice. A poke bowl is highly customisable as per your preferences and can cater to any type of palate. The poke bowl is almost like a salad, and it’s chock-full of nutrients, thanks to the fresh fish and veggies. The benefits of fish include reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, and giving the body a good amount of vitamin B12, vitamin A, magnesium, and protein!

Matcha

Japanese matcha tea has become a verypopular type of green tea. It’s great for your health as it’s packed with antioxidants that are called catechins. Matcha has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer! Unlike traditional green tea preparation, matcha prep involves covering the tea plants with cloths before harvesting them. This helps the growth of the leaves and leads to better flavour and texture. The dried leaves of these plants are then stone-ground into a fine powder that is packed with flavour. This green wonder is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which are great for protection against heart disease and cancer. They also trigger better blood sugar regulation, reducing blood pressure, and helping with anti-ageing. Matcha also boosts the metabolism and slows or combats the growth of cancer cells in the body! Matcha is also known for having a calming effect on the body, considering its association with the age-old Japanese tea ceremonies and the concept of Zen. So use matcha in anything from tea to healthy banana-based ice cream! And it will definitely take your Insta game up a notch!

- Rubaina