New year new you? Why not start by making small adjustments to your diet that will help transform you into a healthier version of yourself. Don’t throw yourself into the deep end. Start off with simple changes that are easily obtainable that you can keep (hopefully for the entire year!).
- Plan your meals in advance
Making a food calendar will not only save you time on deciding where and what you should eat, it will also make shopping for groceries so much easier. This way you know what ingredients you need in order to prepare your meals and don’t go into the shops buying unnecessary foods (no more wandering down that confectionery aisle!) Also remember you can always bulk cook your food and eat it throughout the week.
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- Why not add a little more colour?
Variety is one of the keys to obtaining a well rounded and balanced diet, as they say eat the rainbow! A splash of green garden rocket here, some bright crunchy carrot there and a dab of juicy red tomatoes will complete your own food colour wheel. Since vegetables are jam packed with nutrients and also taste spectacular, it is a simple way to obtain all the vitamins your body needs to perform at its optimum.
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- Eat breakfast!
This year, focus on breakfast as it is the meal that’s suppose to kick start your day. Try to not skip breakfast but instead eat a fibre rich meal or even whole grain cereals. Also instead of snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods, trying replacing them with some veggies, cheese and dips.
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- Nuts and seeds are your friends
Don’t go nuts for the crunch of potato chips, snack on some roasted-unsalted nuts. You may not know but nuts are bursting with nutrients. Almonds are a perfectly delectable snack you can keep in your desk and they are also loaded with protein, calcium and vitamin E! Pistachios, chestnuts, flax and pumpkin seeds are a few examples of savoury and healthy alternatives.
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- Reduce those added sugars
Start this new year’s resolution by saying no to soft drinks which are loaded with sugar. Opt for good ol’ water. If sweet cravings are the bane of your existence, try eating healthy whole fruits instead of eating sweets and lollies. Freezing fruits are also heavenly and perfect for summer, experiment by trying frozen grapes and oranges!
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Hopefully you’ll find these 5 healthy eating tips helpful and that both you and your taste buds have a great year.