For a lot of people, a healthy side dish seems like an oxymoron, and who can blame them? In the west, chicken nuggets, fries, and garlic cheese balls are among the most popular side dishes owing to their widespread availability and relative simplicity to prepare. It’s rare that you ever see a healthy side dish other than a salad being promoted, and even a salad can be loaded with sweeteners. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options out there for somebody who wants their side dish to be just as healthy as their main. Those who actively seek them out will find that there are plenty of healthy side dishes just waiting to be sampled. Here are six of them.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
You’re probably thinking that because potatoes are a staple of dinner dishes all over the world, sweet potatoes are the perfect choice to lead you into your new life as a consumer of healthy side dishes. I don’t take any joy in telling you this, but sweet potatoes are not technically potatoes. They are distantly related to the everyday potato, but are, in fact, independent vegetables (some people may know the sweet potato better as a “yam”). Despite this, you will find that sweet potatoes are just as delicious as their more common cousins. When roasted, the sweet potato reveals its full flavor and becomes the perfect side dish for the health conscious individual. Some people even like to mix Brussels sprouts with their sweet potatoes to really up their vitamin intake.
Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw
Sticking to sweet side dishes, up next is the ever creative apple cranberry almond coleslaw. It’s a mouthful, but a pleasant one, and serves as the perfect sidekick to a variety of meat dishes. As you probably guessed, this side dish crams in a whole lot of nutrients, so if your sole aim is the consumption of nutrients, you don’t have to look any further for your perfect side dish.
Three Bean Salad
Three bean salad is one of the more popular healthy side dishes of the world, but it’s still pretty unknown. Those who are familiar with three bean salad know that, like the previous entry, it is a great way to fill your body with a variety of nutrients. This salad features dark red kidney beans, light red kidney beans, and the more mainstream green beans. These are accompanied by a number of other vegetables which give the dish an unforgettable flavour when mixed together.
Baked Zucchini Fries
As noted already, fries have been a part of the western diet for decades now. They are, perhaps, the quintessential side dish. Unfortunately, most of these fries are loaded with toxins, so anybody serious about maintaining a healthy diet should try out this alternative. Baked zucchini fries come coated in organic Ezekiel bread, a stark contrast to the salt and grease which accompany most fries. As an added benefit, Ezekiel bread contains zero sugar.
Sun-Dried Tomato And Basil Arancini
If you’re a vegan, or trying to find a suitable side dish for your vegan dinner guests, you can’t do much better than sun-dried tomato and basil arancini. This is a play on Italian arancini, which usually features deep fried rice balls stuffed with cheese. This dish uses cauliflower rice and vegan Parmesan cheese to recreate the effects of traditional arancini. As well as being a pleasing snack for vegans, this side dish is the perfect way to introduce children to the joys of healthy eating.
Asian Broccoli Salad With Peanut Sauce
A lot of people mistakenly believe that they must cut Asian cuisine out of their diet if they want to be classified as a healthy eater. Yes, you should probably avoid any takeout chicken curry, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy a healthy Asian dish such as this broccoli salad with peanut sauce. This side dish, as the name suggests, combines broccoli with peanut sauce to achieve a unique (and delicious) taste. It also incorporates small amounts of edamame and green onions, but the real flavour comes from the sauce. This dish is great for those who don’t enjoy the taste of broccoli but want to trick themselves into eating it for the nutrients it provides.