With the season of goodwill wrapped up for another year, the parties, booze and the over-feeding have undoubtedly taken their toll on both your wallet and your waistline. After cosy holidays spent trimming the tree, a new year is the perfect time to start trimming your diet. Capitalise on the fact that you’ve finished your selection boxes and face reading week and exams with a leaner diet that will help keep you focussed on the task at hand.
Our quick tips for a better diet this New Year:
- Start the day with breakfast… and we don’t mean last night’s pizza which you find on the floor. A bowl of wholegrain cereal and some wholemeal toast will set you up for the day and a glass of fruit juice will start you off with one of your five-a-day. If you don’t fancy breakfast before you leave the flat, take a banana or another piece of fruit with you.
- Starchy foods are the order of the day at lunchtime too, if you don’t want to suffer a post-lunch slump. Soup, a sandwich or baked potato will help you keep going; lay off the cheese and mayonnaise and choose salad, beans or some lean meat like chicken.
- If mid-afternoon hunger strikes, reach for fruit, crackers, fruit loaf or scones to avoid the temptation to nip to the sweetie shop. If the call of the vending machine does get too much for you, make sure you don’t give in every day.
- When it’s time for dinner, bypass the microwave dinner aisle and stick a pan of pasta on the hob.You might not feel like you’ve got time to prepare a meal from scratch, but taking half an hour out to cook and eat a meal will give you a well-earned break. The starchy pasta will give you energy to keep going through your next study session and you can’t really complain about washing up one pan, can you?
- A tin of chopped tomatoes, some tomato puree and some chopped veg like carrots or mushrooms can make a tasty sauce, but if a jar is more your scene, when you are comparing the prices, compare the labels too and choose a sauce that’s lower in fat, salt and sugar.
For more tips on healthy eating and food safety why not check out www.food.gov.uk