Well, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, the weather’s getting colder and it’s easy to keep hold of those extra few pounds you’re carrying from that delicious all-inclusive buffet, especially when they fit so comfortably under this season’s cosy jumper.
But if you want to make a change and try and eat more healthily this autumn, we’re here to help. We’ve got some top tips for making healthy eating and living into a lifestyle choice and not a hard-to-maintain diet, which will help you look and feel great, with healthy skin and nails as well as increased energy.
Smoothies are a quick and easy way to increase your intake of fruit and veg. With a variety of easy-to-use and quick-to-clean blenders, you’ll have no problem reaching your 5 a day target. Many of our blenders take up very little cupboard or surface space so the size of your kitchen is no excuse when it comes to building healthy smoothies into your daily routine.
Don’t feel like you have to stick to fruit and berries. Chuck in some veg, nuts or seeds for lots of flavour and a big burst of nutrients. Play around with combinations to find your favourites. Here are a few suggestions:
Slow cookers are a convenient way to prepare tasty meals with little to no fuss, and as the weather cools down, they’re perfect for cooking up a nice warm dinner. It’s a great replacement for costly and calorific convenience foods and ready meals. Once you’ve popped all of your ingredients in and turned it on, you can leave many of them for up to 12 hours. They’re perfect for tenderising cheaper cuts of meat and making healthy and nutritious soups and casseroles. If you’re really embracing the home-made and healthy for the coming year, why not make your own bread too – that way you’ll know exactly what’s in the food you eat.
Investing in a slow cooker can also be a great way of embracing batch cooking. Simply cook more than you need of those home made soups, casseroles and curries, portion them out into containers and label them up. With very little time and effort you’ll soon have a freezer full of home-made convenience food. See, staying on track can be easy!
Check out our batch cooking guide for more great tips.
A weeks worth of lunches
It’s easy for lunch to be your downfall when trying to eat healthy. Either you don’t have time to pre-prepare a home made lunch or it just seems easier to buy it on the go. Now is the time to think about the pounds in your purse. The average lunch will cost over £5 per day. If you work full time that’s £25 per week, and over the course of the month and then the year you could end up spending up to £1,300 of your hard earned wages just on lunch.
Taking half an hour on a Sunday to think ahead and prepare lunch for the week will save you time and money in the long run, not to mention the health benefits you’ll reap.
Here are some healthy week-long lunch ideas – just pick one thing from each column, cook it and batch it up in plastic containers!
Sometimes our day-to-day diet can use a little support. You can now get a wide range of vitamins and supplements to complement your diet and help you achieve your health goals.
If you’re really embracing the healthy life , you might like to try growing your own delicious fruit and vegetables. We’ve got a full and varied range of seeds to choose from, plus all the tools and products you’ll need to grow your own.