Organising yourself with foods for a healthy diet.
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Both of us girls here at HYB know how easy it is to make sure the kids (and the rest of the family) eat healthily, but in the midst of that, completely forget about making sure you feed yourself well too. Here are some quick tips on how to get yourself organised, change your way of thinking and indulge in foods for a healthy diet…
Do you stand in front of the fridge staring, thinking you are hungry? Well are you hungry, or just bored or thirsty?
- Try doing something quick around the house instead of snacking – grab a cloth and dust over some shelves, pop a load of washing on, chase the kids around outside…
- Maybe you are not hungry, but thirsty. Often those cravings for snacks are our body saying that we are actually a bit dehydrated. Have a drink of water.
Still hungry? Grab some containers, a knife and chopping board. Let’s prepare some snacks – keep them in containers on a shelf in the middle of your fridge, making it the first thing you see when you open that door:
- Make up carrot and celery sticks. Keep carrot sticks in a container of water in the fridge to keep them crisp.
- Snow peas, capsicum sticks, beans, berries (frozen are great if fresh is not in season) and peas are also great to snack on.
- Chop up melons into bite size pieces as soon as you get home from the supermarket. You’ll be more likely to eat it if it’s all ready to go.
Being prepared makes it easier for you to make the right decisions when you do feel the need to snack. By having everything chopped and ready it’s just as easy an option as those cheeky chocolate biscuits in the pantry.
Don’t go without – swap! Being healthy doesn’t mean giving up the things you love. You can still have your cake, as long as you only have a little! Swapping your regular full-fat foods for lighter versions is also a great way of keeping healthy.
- If you love sugar in your coffee, maybe reduce it by a little and add more milk instead. The milk will add to the sweetness of the drink and it won’t seem like such a big issue.
- You can also swap butter for plant based spreads, just like Flora Pro-Active, which can help lower your cholesterol levels by reducing your intake of saturated fats.
Are you drinking enough water? This one was a challenge for me! Everyone in our house now has their own water bottle for drinking throughout the day (this saves on washing up cups and glasses too). I was still finding it hard to drink enough, so started adding one or two lemon wedges to the bottle.
That extra subtle flavour hit made it much more palatable. I’ve also started adding mint in with the lemon and it is a truly delicious combination.
Salad with grilled meats are quick ways to make a delicious dinner for you and your family quickly. Keep healthy salad ingredients and lean meats in your fridge for a quick meal.
- Try flattening a chicken breast – place it between two sheets of baking paper and bash with a rolling pin. Coat the flattened chicken in dukkah and quickly cook in a frying pan (if you don’t have a non stick pan, melt a tablespoon of Flora spread in the pan first). Because the breast is flat and thin, it will only take a couple of minutes to cook. Serve with salad greens, coriander, avocado and a squirt of lime.
You could also try our quick and healthy Zesty Kangaroo Salad – Kangaroo is a very lean meat, super tasty and healthy!
We would love to hear your favourite organisational tips to help you and your family
follow a healthy diet. Add your comments below!!
For more ideas on how to live a healthier lifestyle, head over to the Flora Proactiv site for lots of tips on creating a more healthy you…
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