Dinner Ideas: Healthy Recipes

4 Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas

Get in and out of the kitchen pronto with healthy, runner-friendly meals

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry

Not only is shrimp a lean source of protein, "but it also provides the mineral selenium, which may help reduce joint inflammation that runners can experience from training," says Scritchfield. And the copper in cashews helps a runner's body use iron properly to carry oxygen to working muscles, she adds. Lima beans have fiber, protein, iron, and potassium, an electrolyte necessary for proper organ and muscle functioning. Frozen Asian vegetables provide antioxidants. (Related: Choose the best frozen fruits and vegetables

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Easy does it: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook 2 teaspoons jarred, minced garlic, 1 teaspoon red chili flakes, 1 package frozen Asian vegetable medley, and 1 cup frozen lima beans for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 package frozen cooked shrimp; cook 3 minutes. Add 1 cup unsalted cashews, one 20-ounce can pineapple chunks, I/3 cup of the canned pineapple juice, and 1 cup jarred sweet-and-sour sauce; heat for 2 minutes. Serve over brown rice.

Serves: 4
Total time: 15 minutes

Mix It Up
Try frozen mango instead of pineapple.
Omit lima beans in favor of edamame or fava beans.
Swap out the shrimp for cooked, packaged chicken strips.

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