A little adjustment can go a long way when it comes to getting lunch or dinner on the table without sacrificing your nutrition.
I know for me it can be much easier to eat well when everything’s going right. But what about those days when things aren’t looking so rosy when you’re under the pump at work and you feel unmotivated to cook or just don't have the time. Unfortunately, the majority of convenience and takeaway options can be high in bad fats and sugar, and low in fibre and antioxidants, which can negatively affect your mood and shift you away from feeling in control about eating healthily.
Of course, we're not going to eat perfectly every day or 100% of the time. Rather, we want to be heading in the right direction over the week. A healthy diet can begin by eating foods that look as close to their natural state as possible. Try to make a general rule for yourself that if your great-grandma wouldn't recognise it, then don't eat it. Generally speaking, this rule would apply to most packaged foods that contain any artificial ingredients and numbers. To simply improve your nutrition put some time into stocking your pantry and fridge for the week.
- Make sure you have simple snack ingredients such as nuts and nut butters with carrots or celery, olives, fruits, yoghurt or canned fish.
- Make dinner and save the leftovers in a container with lunch in mind.
- Roast plenty of vegetables and store them in the fridge so can create more balanced meals during the week.
- Remove any foods that you’re trying to limit, or eliminate, out of your diet so that you’re not tempted to munch on these foods.
- Have some ready-made meals in the fridge or freezer
Plate-Up is a healthy, convenient option that uses real local ingredients to create tasty, balanced and nutritious meals without you having to spend the time on shopping, and preparation, cooking, or even clean-up. Keep it simple and go for an option like this when you’re short on time and want to improve your nutrition without having to think about it.