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It’s never too late to improve your diet and swap sugary snacks for healthier alternatives. You should always listen to your body, if certain foods are making you feel bloated or sluggish, this could be preventing you from reaching your exercise goals or generally feeling confident about your body. Making healthy swaps doesn’t mean cutting out your favourite treats, it’s about eating things in moderation and being mindful of which foods may be better for your diet.
For a little more insight, read on for some healthy swaps that you can incorporate into your daily lives.
Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day, so make sure you choose something that’s tasty and full of nutrition. Shop-bought cereals are often full of unnecessary sugars, so why not make your own healthy granola? Alternatively, natural yoghurt mixed with fruit and honey is a delicious option and perfect for chilling overnight ready to bring to work the next day.
Swap white rice, bread and pasta for wholemeal alternatives. Wholemeal bread, for example, is made with added fibre, vitamins, zinc and other nutritional additions, which improves your digestive system and encourages healthy bowel movements.
Some meals that you buy from the supermarket including ready-meals, pizzas, cakes and fruit juice, may contain added ingredients that could be swapped with something healthier. To eliminate this, why not start making some of your favourite meals from scratch? If you always have the odd pieces of fruit lying around, these can be made into a tasty smoothie by whizzing them up in a blender. Following a simple pizza base recipe, you can make healthier versions of your favourite pizza with nutritious toppings that are still tasty. More often than not, homemade meals are a lot tastier than what you can buy in the shop, and all you need to do is freeze the rest for another meal – no waste.
If you’re reaching for something fizzy every time you’re thirsty, then you’ll probably benefit from something with less artificial sugar. Water is an obvious choice to keep yourself hydrated – purchase a reusable water bottle so you always have a drink when you’re on the go and can stay topped up at work. You could also swap tea and coffee for a herbal or fruit tea that is naturally sweet, eliminating the need for added sugar. Or simply cut down on the number of caffeinated cups you drink each day.
Instead of nibbling on sweets and biscuits, choose fruit, hummus and carrot sticks, baked crisps rather than fried or seeds and nuts. These snacks are still tasty and will keep you fuelled throughout the day, and small changes like these can make a big difference in your energy levels and nutrition.
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