Top Healthy Eating Tips for 2016
If you are a sceptic who wrongly believes that healthy food is too expensive compared to fast food, or that it would be much quicker to order and wait for a takeaway than to cook a nice homemade meal with fresh ingredients, then this post is most definitely one for you!
Alternatively, you may like the prospect of eating healthy, you may start the day well, but somewhere along the way it’s just easier to give into the temptation of bad food than it is the good foods.
Well, we’ve got a few tips for you on how you can eat healthier and save some cash in the process…
Eat your greens first
A great tip for eating healthily is to pile plenty of salad or veg onto your plate when you’re having a big meal, and ensure you eat all of it before you tuck into the rest of your food. That way, not only are you getting a good share of your 5 a day, but you’re also preventing yourself from overeating the more indulgent foods, such as meat or carbohydrates and gaining excess weight.
Choose healthy snacks
Fancy a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack? Instead of reaching for a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar, reach for an apple or a banana. After all, if you’re not hungry enough to eat a nutritious piece of fruit, are you really that hungry at all?
There are so many different things you can do with fruit and veg; for example you can freeze fruits and blend them with a dollop of Greek yoghurt to make your own ice-cream, add fruit and veg into your baking to make your cakes that little bit healthier. You can also slice up fruit and bake in the oven to make your own crisps, or even get yourself a spiraliser and make your own courgetti instead of using pasta (you can use carrots and other items if you don’t like courgettes).
‘Superfoods’ are the name given to items of food that either have exceptional health benefits, or can speed up the metabolism more than normal. Superfoods include acai berries, goji berries, hemp seeds, blueberries (they’re not all berries and seeds, we promise!), black garlic, avocado and walnuts, to name just a few.
Kick start your metabolism
When you wake up in the mornings, one of the first things you should do is drink a nice glass of cold water. During the night your metabolism comes to a stop and the cold water gives it the kick start it needs, preparing your body for the day ahead. This will stop you feeling sluggish and craving sugary items, allowing you to think clearly and eat healthily.
Bring on the H20
Everyone should aim to drink between 2 to 3 litres of water per day, and for many different health reasons. Not only will the water flush out your body (acting like a detox, ridding the toxins and allowing you to feel better) but it will also prevent you from over indulging in bad foods. A nice little trick when dieting is to drink a glass of water every time you’re feeling peckish – if you’re still hungry after the glass of water then it wasn’t boredom kicking in and you may actually just be hungry.
Prepare healthy snacks and meals to take to work, because if you forget these you’re more likely to reach for something unhealthy during your weaker moments of the day. At least this way you’re prepared and more likely to eat what’s in front of you than being tempted to pop over the road to the shop for a bag of crisps. It’s also a nice handy trick for resisting the lunchtime takeaways when your colleagues fancy a naughty lunch… “Thanks, but I’ve already brought my lunch in with me.” You’ll save money at the same time – that £5 or £10 you spend on lunch every day, or some days, imagine what else you can do with it?!
This list isn’t exhaustive by any means, there are tonnes of ways to get healthier with your eating, but a start is a start right? And why not encourage those around you get involved too? Lead by example.