Top 5 Tips – Easier Healthy Eating
It’s World Food Day today so conversations abound about food – healthy, unhealthy, who’s got it, who needs it. Even in the UK, where we have a plentiful supply of food, there is no guarantee that you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals and other goodies you need from your food. We can shop for groceries at pretty much any hour of the day or night, buy produce grown anywhere in the world from Argentina to Zambia, and yet we face daily reminders that malnutrition is alive and well in the UK. If we’re surrounded by a sea of food, why can’t we always see the food we need?
The challenge in all of this is that nutrition is not inherently simple and while eating healthy snacks and meals may be what we all aim for, we don’t always achieve it. All calories are not created equal. Fats can harm and heal. We need sodium to live but too much salt could kill us. Is too much sugar poisoning us slowly but surely from inside out?
The reality is you can suffer from malnutrition as a result of eating too much of the wrong things, as well as from not eating enough of the right things. So how do you make the nutritional most of what you’re eating? Here are our top 5 tips.
1. Plan healthy snacks and meals
Proper planning helps us avoid poor performance in many areas of life, and it’s no different for our diet. If you haven’t thought about what you’re going to eat in the next few days or weeks it’s unlikely you’re going to have the ingredients you need to rustle up something healthy. And when the mid afternoon hunger pangs hit, if you don’t have a healthy snack to hand research tells us you’re like to reach for the closest biscuit rather than a wholesome salad.
2. Focus on 5-a-day
As you drive to work or sit on the bus or train in the morning spend 5 minutes thinking about where your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables are going to come from today. Did you have any for breakfast? If not what might you have for lunch to help you catch up, and what’s on the menu for dinner that will help you finish the day on track?
3. Buy better
The big bag of salad, the lean chicken or the big bag of beans for a wholesome soup might have seemed like a great idea when you were going round the supermarket, but if they end up in the bin because you never got around to eating them they’re a waste of money. Buy better by buying smaller portions, or shopping more regularly if you’re never quite sure what you’re going to feel like eating day to day.
4. Love your leftovers
If you’ve made a big pot of soup or just weren’t quite as hungry as you thought, your leftovers need not go to waste. Share them with a neighbour, take them to the office for lunch tomorrow, or put them in the freezer so you know you’ve got something healthy to eat even if you have to work late.
5. Minimise miles
We mean food miles of course – the longer fresh produce spends in a warehouse, on a plane, and on the road, the more likely it is that it’s lovely vitamins and minerals will be destroyed. The misshapen carrot grown 5 miles down the road sold a few days after it was harvested will probably have more nutritional value than the perfect one flown half way across Europe.
One of the reasons we started the Nutribox was because we wanted to make it easier for people to eat more healthily – and we like to think we can help you do that by always ensuring you have a healthy snack to hand. If you’d like to have your own healthy snacks delivered to your home or office door (they’re all gluten free snacks by the way) find out more here