There are lots of ways we can improve our overall health and well-being, and eating healthily is one of them. If you’re looking to make a change towards a healthier and more balanced diet, 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 an easy-to-use and quick-to-clean blender, you’ll have no problem reaching your 5 a day target. Many blenders now 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:
Easy and convenient cooking
Slow cookers provide a convenient way to prepare tasty meals with little to no fuss all year round. Not only good for creating warming dishes in winter, slow cookers are also ideal in summer when it’s just far too hot to even think about turning the oven on – try slow-cooked chicken, pulled pork or veg lasagne – all perfect with a mountain of salad. And thinking outside the box, you can even make tasty homemade granola and porridge in a slow cooker. 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 recipes 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, why not try your hand at making your own bread in your slow cooker too – it’s way easier than you’d think.
Investing in a slow cooker can also be a great way of embracing batch cooking. Simply cook more than you need, portion it out into containers and label them up. With very little extra time and effort, you’ll soon have a freezer full of home-made convenience food.
Easy healthy dinners
It’s easy for dinner (or lunch, depending on where you’re from!) 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. It’s best where possible to get as many of your vitamins and nutrients from the food you eat, but if you’re lacking in anything, it’s a good idea to take 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. Arm yourself with some easy to grow veg seeds like carrots, runner beans and potatoes, and give growing your own a try.