It’s the beginning of a new year and many of us have embarked on a journey to improve our health and wellbeing in some way or another. You’ve seen hundreds of tips, hints and ideas of what to eat and what not to eat. You’ve been told to drink more water, less alcohol and avoid sugar all together. We’ve gathered the top 3 tips that we think work – and we hope they work for you too!
DISCLAIMER: None of us are doctors and this is not medical advice but we’re happy to share our thoughts with you (especially when it comes to food!).
Never get too hungry
We like this one! Focus your food choices on those with a low GI (Glycemic Index), which are proven to keep you fuller for longer and stop you reaching for fatty, sugary snacks during the day. Berries are a great food to consider – low GI and in season!
Filled with the goodness of summer fruits that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre that the body can easily absorb, try starting your day with this enticing berry layered bircher muesli from our friends at Everyday Delicious Kitchen.
Not a morning person? Prepare the layered strawberry chia pudding the night before so you can just grab it out of the fridge and go. Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet, loaded with nutrients that benefit both body and brain – what a way to wake up!
If your sweet tooth hasn’t kicked in yet and you prefer a savoury start to the morning, give the zucchini, corn and mint fritters with smoked salmon a go! Smoked salmon provides a source of essential minerals , including iron, helping you to get through the working day.
Focus on nutrient balance instead of calorie counting
Making sure a meal has protein, healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates delivers better energy and fat loss results by giving the body what it actually needs!
We all know about the importance of eating fresh raw greens but sometimes salad can get a bit monotonous – don’t worry though, we’ve found some easy, delicious AND filling salads for a new year lunch time treat – all containing those super important nutrients!
These salads can all be made the night before and packed up ready for a portable lunch the next day. Neither the pea, pesto & farro salad nor the caprese salad need any cooking so can even be prepared fresh in the kitchen at your workplace if you’d prefer!
We all know salad is good for you, but these three pack the added punch of being full of seasonal summer ingredients just bursting with flavour. For even more delicious summer salad ideas, check out our Healthy Kick Start recipe collection!
Take your time
That old tale you’ve heard about your stomach taking 20 minutes to tell your brain that you have eaten enough and are satisfied – it’s true! Rapid eaters are often heavier than slow eaters. Try slowing your eating by chewing food longer, putting your fork down after each mouthful and creating a relaxed eating environment – no eating in front of the tv!
Australia is the biggest island in the world, and offers us a huge range of fish fresh from the sea, so get fishy this summer with teriyaki swordfish skewers straight off the barbie! You’ll want to take your time with this one so it lasts!
If you’re looking for a meal that looks as good as it tastes, try recipes that include eggs. Eggs are a nutrition powerhouse, providing 11 different vitamins and minerals and lotsa protein to give you an energy boost and keep you fuller for longer! Why not try everyones favourite poached eggs with avocado and feta smash for brekky!
Another idea is a vegetarian watercress and pea frittata for dinner – you’ll have leftovers for days! Did you know that watercress has more nutrients per gram than any other vegetable? Take that, kale!!
These beautiful, healthy New Year recipes should be enough to kick start your January – just don’t forget:
- never get too hungry
- focus on nutrients instead of calories
- don’t eat so quickly!
We believe that healthy eating starts in the kitchen – so what are you waiting for, get cooking!