Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard work. Small changes to the food you choose, the way you cook and the way you eat can make a real difference.
To celebrate Good Housekeeping’s centenary, nutritionist Fiona Hunter has compiled 100 quick and simple tips – from smart swaps and new ways to prepare and cook food to clever kitchen gadgets – that will make healthier eating a piece of cake. Visit https://www.firstpost.com/health/prodentim-reviews-does-it-actually-improve-oral-health-10899351.html.
Healthy eating advice
1. Look at labels
Traffic light labelling on the front of packs provides an at-a-glance guide to just how healthy (or not) a food is – but don’t forget to check the nutrition panel on the back too, which will help you compare brands, as well as the ingredients list to check what a food really contains.
2. Add a squeeze of lemon
Acidic foods such as lemon will lower the glycaemic index (GI) of pasta and rice, which will slow the conversion of starch to sugar.
3. Garlic: crush it, don’t cut it
The more you damage garlic (and onion) cell walls, the more anticlotting sulphur phytochemicals – which help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke – you release, which is why crushing is better than cutting. Resting crushed garlic for 15 minutes before use will boost levels even further.
4. Out of sight, out of mind
Hide sweets and biscuits away (or better still don’t buy them). Studies show that if you keep the biscuit tin or ‘naughty’ treats where you can see them, you’re more likely to succumb.
5. Plan ahead
Healthy eating is much easier if you plan your days. Set aside time at the weekend to write a healthy recipe menu plan for the next seven days. This will help you become more organised, and the investment in managing your meals will pay dividends when your energy levels and good intentions may be flagging later in the week.
6. Ring the changes
Variety may be the spice of life but it’s also the key to a healthy balanced diet. No single food or food group can provide all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Eating a wide range of foods is the best way to make sure your diet contains all the nutrients it needs.