When it comes to looking after ourselves, a healthy eating plan is a must. Alongside a good fitness regime (which we wrote about last week) there is no better way to improve your body and mind. In reality though it’s not always so easy. Life gets in the way and snacks and treats are all around us and ready to tempt us as soon as our resolve starts to wane. But fear not! As ever, we are here to help you achieve the results you want. Starting with food- try these little tricks for healthy eating, and you’ll never look back again.
Ditch the ice cream
Summer is all about the cones, right? And why shouldn’t you enjoy a treat in the sunshine? The problem is that ice cream is full of fatty nastiness that won’t do you any good if you’ve got a sweet tooth. Why not make your own, low fat alternative instead? All you need is a banana…
Freeze your bananas and pop them in a blender when you fancy a tub of ice cream. Try it. It really works! Tastes like ice cream, but has NONE of the additives Mr Whippy serves up. Add some cacao for chocolate, or frozen berries for a fruity treat.
Make your own…
Dressings. Don’t be tempted to buy the manufactured bottles- make your own instead. Home made dressings have none of the additives or preservatives that you find in the shops and can be tailored to suit your mood too. We love this oil free dressing that contains just:
- sun dried tomatoes
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes, packed
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 fresh tomatoes
- Juice of 1 orange
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Ground pepper, to taste
Simply soak your sundried tomatoes in the orange juice for an hour in the fridge, then pop all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!
Don’t buy jars. Buy fresh and flavour your food the healthy way. If you remove the leaves from stems and store them in an airtight container they can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Don’t buy unhealthy snacks regularly
We all need a blow out now and then and if you stick to the 80/20 principle then there’s no need to deny yourself all the time. But if you regularly buy the things that are bad for you, you’ll regularly eat them. So drop the biscuits from your shopping list (replace them with an alternative snack if you need to) and only buy them when you want to eat them. Buy smaller packs too so you won’t be tempted to eat more the next day. If the naughty treats aren’t in the cupboards, you won’t be tempted.
If you know that your mornings are hectic and you rarely get time to eat breakfast let alone pack up a healthy lunch, get yourself prepared the night before. Chop up your ingredients for your juice before you go to bed, and prepare that salad too, so that you have a healthy lunch to look forward to. It’s a small thing, but it helps keep you on track.
Make some swaps
Use cauliflower instead of cornflour if you want to thicken soups or sauces. Use oats instead of flour. You can use ground almonds instead of flour too, and maple syrup instead of sugar. This chocolate cake is extremely tasty and healthy too. You need:
- 150g ground almonds
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- a few tablespoons coconut milk (to moisten)
Simply blend all ingredients and spoon into a baking tray. Bake for 15-20 mins and allow to cool. Swap this for regular chocolate cake.
Get a spiraliser
No need to stuff yourself with pasta or noodles, not when you can spiralise your veg! Courgettes and carrots are fab vegetables for the spiraliser- try it and see if you like it.
Use avocado instead of butter
Way more tasty and MUCH better for you- avocado on toast is delicious. Avocado in cakes is delicious. Avocado in desserts is delicious. And healthy too.
What are your top tips for healthy eating?