With the season of indulgence behind us, it’s time to embrace the New Year and put aside those cravings for stodgy comfort food. Tasty though it might be, it certainly hasn’t done anything for my waistline, not to mention my energy levels. So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been getting back into healthier eating habits, and I’ve found that even making small changes can help you feel so much better. These five tips for making food healthier are really manageable and easy enough to start doing today.
Water, Water and More Water
There are so many benefits to swapping your go-to cold drink for water. First of all, the body finds it hard to distinguish between thirst and hunger, therefore reaching for that snack might be a sign of dehydration, rather than a need to eat. Secondly, our bodies function better when they are properly hydrated, meaning you’re likely to feel better about yourself and have more energy. If you find drinking water boring, try adding slices of cucumber or berries to it. It really helps to enhance the flavour.
Switching your normal cooking oil for coconut oil is a really smart move. It has much greater health benefits and as well as cooking with it, you can use it as a lip balm, moisturiser and all-round nourishing product. When I can’t cook with coconut oil, I use olive oil as it’s also a much healthier alternative to more traditional options.
Starting your day with a dose of raw greens is one of the best ways to fuel your body. Smoothies and juices are a great way to get a real hit of nutrition and the greener the better. Instead of breakfast cereal, try making a juice or smoothie for breakfast, the greener the better!
Get Snack Wise
You know that 4pm slump, when you reach for a biscuit? We’ve all been there, so try swapping your afternoon snack for something healthier, like slices of apple topped with almond or peanut butter or a homemade oat bar. It’s a far more nutritious alternative and the protein source from the nuts will help you feel full for longer.
Kale, Kale and More Kale
Adding kale to your diet is an easy way to make almost any meal healthier. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties make it a superfood, and it also happens to be incredibly tasty. I add it to my smoothies and serve a side of it steamed with pretty much every meal.