Want to stay trim and energised whilst on the go? Try these top nutrition tips.
Water. Keep guzzling the stuff! It is vital for every cell in your body, helps your digestive system to get rid of toxins and keeps your mind alert. By staying hydrated, you are less likely to feel lethargic and it’ll help with hunger pangs too.
Protein. Swapping sugary snacks and processed food for some protein alternatives like grilled chicken, eggs, salmon, yogurt, beans or tofu is a winner when it comes to maintaining energy and health long term. Protein has almost half the calories of fat (gram for gram) and keeps you feeling fuller for longer without bloating. There are plenty of convenient protein choices at supermarkets and service stations these days. Check out the protein pots available in M&S Food, Waitrose and Aldi.
Eat breakfast. Set yourself up for a good day. Wholegrain cereal, oats, toast, eggs, smoothie…anything that will kick start your digestive system and feed your cells the glucose and nutrients needed to function well. This can be tricky if you really can’t face food first thing. However, you’re less likely to gorge in the afternoon and evening if you can have a little bit of something when you wake up. Try a small bowl of Weetabix with a drizzle of honey and some milk. Or brown toast with peanut butter and banana.
Less is more. When it comes to chocolate, crisps and fast food, stay away from the supersize meals and value packs. They may seem like good value for money but are they good value for health? And whilst the intention may be to save some for later, it is highly unlikely that willpower will win over sugar and junk food cravings. Only buy a little of what you fancy.
Snack on fruit and veg. It may seem boring but the truth is plant based whole foods are super good for you. They are full of vitamins and minerals to help keep you looking youthful and your immune system strong. Try swapping one unhealthy snack for fresh or dried fruit and a small handful of nuts or veggie sticks with hummus for the next 7 days.
Prepare prepare prepare! Get organised by having the right types of food at hand when you come home and you feel ravenous. If you’re hungry before bed, try a small bowl of oats with honey or banana instead of a full meal. Oats can promote the sleep hormone melatonin, which will help you to relax. Eat smart at work by batch cooking meals and portioning into tupperware containers so that you have a pre made lunch or dinner for the next couple of days. It’ll save you money too.
Watch the booze. Although alcohol doesn’t have to be totally banned when on a health kick, it is one to watch if you’re after more energy and vitality. When the body metabolises (breaks down) alcohol, toxins are produced along with a dreaded hangover. In addition, beer, wine and spirits all contain calories which can play havoc with the waistline. Limit alcohol to no more than 14 units per week, which is equivalent to a bottle and a half of wine or five pints of lager (5% abv) over the course of a week.
Our next event is at Rode Hall Farmers Market. The Make It Healthy stall will provide you with delicious healthy raw vegan cakes, raw chocolate and more. Paleo friendly and all made with zero refined sugar & natural ingredients. See you there healthy one 🙂