want a healthier diet?
Avocado on toast. Granola and yogurt. A fruit salad. They don’t sound nearly as delicious as a fry-up or a McMuffin, do they? Healthy food just isn't quite the same, right?
Well, it doesn’t have to be that way, and healthy eating doesn’t have to be a chore, especially in lockdown. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you and your family fall in love with healthy foods.
plan, plan, plan.
Everyone gets cravings now and again. It’s perfectly normal, but these same hankerings can lead to some regrettable food choices. Having a plan, however, can prevent this from happening. Make a timetable to start the day off well. If it’s written down that you are going to have two scrambled eggs on a Monday, then you're more likely to follow through with the idea.
(Great tip: eggs are a brilliant source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, but they can sometimes taste bland. Adding nutritious spinach or chopped up vegetables can make your scrambled eggs much more exciting).
brighten it up.
Eating healthy doesn’t necessarily have to be boring. When you’re out in the supermarket, why not pick up a fruit that you haven’t tried before? Why not make your lunchtime salad bright and exciting? The Hunterlab tells us that food colour can often affect our taste buds and appetite; the more vibrant something is, the more we want to eat it.
don't do it alone.
It may be no surprise that people are more successful at eating healthily when they don’t do it alone. While it is simply unrealistic to expect everyone in your family to copy your exact food choices, it certainly does help when you can find a compromise.
positive mind, positive eating.
Like most things in life, healthy eating can be challenging. Often, it is just too easy to give up and grab that chocolate bar that has been staring at you every time you open the cupboard. Having the odd unhealthy snack isn’t the end of the world, so have that chocolate bar with the promise that you will wake up and do better tomorrow. Reward yourself for your hard work, while staying positive and firm in your resolution to eat healthier.
Keeping these tips in mind will help you to improve your diet and lifestyle, giving you a new zest for life. And remember: healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring.