Going on the internet to discover a great way to cook a healthy meal or a lunch recipe that promotes wellbeing or weight loss can often be frustrating. Take for example my last website visit to a site which claims to promote healthy recipes, great tastes, eating well and easy to cook meals as its main call to arms. However, this all came after we had a chance to enter a competition promoting the useless array of bakery items for any winner, a pop-up window that didn’t have a cross anywhere to be seen and a tiny piece of text on the very first page. To get further information one had to navigate to page 2 and suffer more pop-ups and adverts.
It can be frustrating and even annoying. So navigating to websites like the BBC Food or Recipes Search websites can take a lot of the surfing stress out of the equation. This is because the BBC web pages cannot have ads (at least those navigating from a UK location can verify) and it has no need or interest in promoting any third party companies or offers.
What you get is the best recipes (and there are almost 12,000 of them) plus an option to filter vegetarian recipes if you wish. Moreover, any quick and easy recipes are available right there at your fingertips ready to print out or transfer to an online cloud-based notepad for later use.
As a veteran foodie or website hunter of great recipe ideas, it could be said the internet is full of healthy recipes. After all, who actually searches for unhealthy recipes or fat building, belly buster dinners online these days anyway?
But therein lies a dilemma. Webmasters know this and will use “healthy” as a keyword. So, in effect, you can be getting meals that are described as healthy but are really a little fattening, high in starch, salt or sugar and unlikely to be recommended for someone on a diet, for example.
The best way around this is to discover the ingredients that are healthy (asparagus, blueberries, porridge, tomato and so on) and use the keywords “healthy” “tomato dishes” “blueberry recipes” and similar searches. This will help to filter out that macaroni cheese and bacon quiche that webmasters claim is actually a healthy recipe just because it has mushrooms added in the ingredients.