Have you already broken your New Year’s resolution to eat more healthily? If you’re sheepishly nodding your head, then this post is for you. Or maybe you’re someone who has excellent willpower when it comes to avoiding junk food, but you’d like some extra hints and tips in your back pocket for 2018? No worries; read on…
Eat From a Smaller Plate
This is an old, tried and trusted tip, but make this change and you really will find that it easier to stay on track. Each meal should contain a good balance of protein, healthy fats, veg and carbs, if possible, but choosing a smaller dinner plate will mean you’re less likely to pile it up and over-face yourself. Alternatively, use a standard-sized dinner plate but load it up with plenty more veg.
Plan Your Meals
If you make your meals ahead of time, you won’t be tempted to grab an unhealthy snack or lunch on the go. It may mean that you have to spend all day in the kitchen during your weekend, but you’ll be so glad you did. Our large capacity ovens are a great shout if you’d like to batch cook your week’s lunches and dinners in one go; all you’ll need to do, then, is heat each meal when required – great, eh? You’ll have saved yourself time, money and (probably) calories, too.
Hide the Snacks!
It’s a simple one, but if you can’t see the snacks – the chocolate left over from Christmas, and that family bag of crisps you bought with your big shop – you’ll be less likely to think about tucking into them. Plus, if your breakfast bar is more of a breakfast buffet, with plated muffins on hand to tuck into, then think about doing away with that household tradition. Instead, replace sweet treats for nuts, fruit, or even sticks of veg; if they’re in view, the kids may be more inclined to tuck in, too.
Grab a Water Jug
Guilty of not drinking enough water? Dust off a huge, glass water jug and fill it up at the beginning of the day, leaving it next to the kettle, where you’re likely to see it at regular intervals. Once you’ve clocked it staring back at you, you’ll be more likely to fill a glass and drink up! Add some lemon, a little cucumber, or even some mint and a few strawberries to add subtle flavouring to your H20 – that way, you’ll be more inclined to get it down you!
Invest in a Good Cookbook or Two
Don’t be tempted to reach for that microwave meal – even if it is a calorie-counted one! Instead, invest in a good couple of healthy cookbooks and keep them close by. That way, you’ll be more inspired to get cooking and create meals the whole family – and your waist line – will love. A quick look at Amazon will reveal some of the latest best-sellers, with everything from gluten-free, sugar-free and high protein options on offer.
Until next time…