Looking for some healthy carb inspiration and carb-based meals that are good for you? Check out our recipes made with rice, noodles, fruit and more, then take a look at our healthy dinner ideas.


Carbohydrates get a bad rap, but they're not all bad – actually, carbs are the first source of energy in the body. But, the challenge is often that we eat too many carbs, or not the right ones. By focussing on healthier carbs, you'll ensure that the portions are in balance and that you're getting that all-important fibre in your diet – it's integral to your gut microbiome, and keeps you fuller for longer.

We also have plenty of low-calorie meal ideas and inspiration for low-fat recipes.

Healthy carb recipes

1. Broccoli and peanut soba noodles

This recipe is really easy to make and can be ready in 20 minutes. The fresh greens pair well with the noodles, while the roasted peanuts add a moreish crunch.

Soba Noodle Recipe with Broccoli and Peanuts

2. Healthy risotto

Ever tried swapping rice for quinoa when making risotto? Our healthier version of the Italian dish offers a protein boost while bringing earthy flavours of chestnut mushrooms, leeks and pecorino.

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A quinoa risotto topped with charred leeks

3. Posh beans on toast

Make comforting beans on toast a bit fancier with this vegetarian low-calorie recipe for two. The best bit? It only takes 20 minutes to make.

Posh beans on toast

4. Banana, almond, berry and kefir smoothie

Full of good bacteria, fruit and protein, this smoothie recipe makes a great on-the-go breakfast.

Banana Smoothie Recipe with Kefir Milk, Frozen Berries and Almonds

5. Warm red rice, herb and salmon salad

Try this nutritious, spice-packed rice salad with cucumber and tomato for a healthy midweek meal.

Warm Salad Recipe with Red Rice and Salmon

6. Farro risotto with leek and toasted hazelnuts

This creamy risotto is low in calories, but bursting with flavour. The toasted hazelnuts provide crunch and a dose of healthy fats. If you can't find farro, spelt is a great alternative.

Farro Risotto Recipe with Leeks and Hazelnuts

7. Avocado fusilli pasta

Avocados make salad dressings and ice creams super-creamy, so why not put them in a pasta sauce? It’s a great way of using up overly ripe avocados.

Avocado and spinach fusilli

8. One-pot quinoa and chicken tagine

Try our lightly spiced quinoa tagine. This one-pot recipe is easy to make and low in calories for a healthy family meal.

Chicken Tagine Recipe With Quinoa

9. Chickpea and squash coconut curry

This chickpea and squash coconut curry is a healthy vegetarian midweek meal.

Chickpea and Squash Coconut Curry Recipe

10. Asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf

This asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf is a lovely spring dish. Asparagus is officially in season at the end of April, but might be in the shops a bit earlier depending on the weather.

Asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf

11. Gochujang roast sweet potato with mixed grain salad

Pack plenty of texture into this low-calorie vegetarian salad with roast sweet potatoes, mixed grains, radishes and cucumber, all lifted by a punchy dressing.


Sweet Potato Salad Recipe With Mixed Grains

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