We all know eating healthy is a good thing, not just for our bodies and wellbeing now, but in years to come.
But with fast food being a quicker option, the Great British Bake Off on TV & supermarkets enticing us, it can be challenging to make choices that are good for us!
I struggle with this everyday; cake, biscuits & cheesy items are my weaknesses, but I’m sharing some of my tips on how you can make as many healthy eating options as possible!
When you’re feeling peckish, it’s so easy to reach for crisps or biscuits, but there are many alternatives to snacks that are
2) value for money
3) good for you!
My favourites include:
(Google search for loads of different ways to season freshly made popcorn). Popcorn is a better option because it’s made of wholegrain.
Fruit + _____
(I love apple slices & peanut butter. But don’t have this if you are allergic to nuts!) Try having fruit with a small amount of chocolate dip or yoghurt.
When it comes to drinks, try infused water (putting in herbs or fruit to your water bottle). Not only does it make water taste & look good, it means you’ll be drinking more water, which has multiple benefits from more energy to clearer skin.
Make your own smoothies & juices
Use lots of fresh fruit & vegetables that can give you vitamins & minerals, plus it’s a quick and easy way to get a few of your five a day.
Did you know you can make cakes/cookies/ice cream without them being really unhealthy? They all contain one secret ingredient: banana! There are lots of delicious banana-ingredient recipes online.
If you’re out for dinner with your friends or just thinking of what to have for lunch, it can be so easy to go for the option of something not too good.
Here’s a list of swaps you can make which are just as tasty:
• Sweets for fruit snack packs
• Instead of having takeaway, why not make your own versions (you’re bound to love it because you know it was made by you!)
• Sugary drinks or cereals for sugar-free versions
• White-based food (such as rice, bread & pasta) for whole-wheat or brown versions
JAZZ UP YOUR MEALS
Bump up your regular meals with food that will add flavour, texture & goodness. Try these ideas & search for more online:
• Fajitas or chilli with added vegetables & beans such as black eyed beans, peppers & kidney beans
• Sweet potato wedges make a nice alternative to chips
• Added vegetables like peas, potatoes & onions to a curry (you could also add currants or dried apricots- very yummy)
• Sprinkle fruit (dried or fresh) on your cereal
DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF
With all of this, do not be hard on yourself (as Jess Glyne puts it so well). Life is about balance and we are allowed to enjoy something on the sweet/salty/creamy/cheesey side. If you are worried about your eating habits or diet, please talk to a trusted adult or advice service who can help you talk through these things.
My favourite sources for healthy-eating ideas come from Pinterest & Buzzfeed so check them out & see what healthy-eating options you can come up with.
Happy healthy eating!