With the fast-paced, hectic lives we lead, it's very easy to put our health on the back-burner. After a long day of work/ mothering/ ferrying your kids to and from school and classes, it's tempting to succumb to a frozen dinner or a takeaway. And let the kids be happy with fish fingers. Which is OK sometimes, but we all know that health is wealth and all that.
So to make it a bit easier, I've put together 5 EASY ways to incorporate healthy foods into your everyday life, so you don't let the slip-ups happen too often…
1. A sprinkling of flaxseeds…
Flaxseeds, chia seeds, goji berries – all these superfoods can be milled and sprinkled on just about any food, making sure you consume them in your diet on a daily basis, with zero effort. Sprinkle on porridge or cereal for breakfast; salads for lunch or even mix them into soups/ lentils/ curries for that added benefit.
Kid a fussy eater? Add a spoonful to their breakfast cereal and/ or meals – they won't even know!!! (Sorry, Little Man)
I love these ready-to-sprinkle Linwood packets available in various combinations and flavours, and always have a couple at home. It's our family's staple go-to-sprinkle for great taste and health!
2. Frozen smoothies
We all know the 5-a-day rule, but how often do we follow it? No time. No energy. No fruits in the refrigerator… the excuses are always around. Which is why I'm so glad I discovered Rootine Blends Smoothies. These are frozen, ready-to-blend smoothie pouches that are delievered straight to your door! No more hassle of buying, peeling and cutting fruits to make smoothies – all you have to do is blend and enjoy! Besides, each pouch contains a number of natural ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, seeds and superfoods, making your smoothie wholesome and super-healthy. And going with their 'Frozen is the new Fresh' tagline, Rootine Blends ensures that the nutrients and freshness is intact by flash-freezing to lock in the goodness.
TIP: Blend with water or milk, or for an even more delicious taste add almond or coconut milk.
3. Guilt-free snacking
We all love to snack, don't we? Be it from hunger pangs between meals, because of stress, while watching telly or just boredom. There's no point in eating a healthy breakfast, soup and salad for lunch and then gulping down a packet of crisps or biscuits. Though that is often what we do when the late afternoon or midnight cravings set in.
There is one solution – DON'T keep unhealthy snacks at home and DO keep healthy snacks within easy reach.
So even if you're craving a chocolate, you won't be able to eat it because it is not there. Simple.
You're still hungry, so you must eat something… if there are carrot batons cut and ready-to-eat in the fridge, you will eventually eat them. Getting the drift?
I keep oranges, apples, pears, carrot sticks and cucumber slices washed and chopped in little containers – whenever hunger strikes, I attack, guilt-free.
TIP: Other easy, healthy snack ideas include pumpkin and sunflower seeds, yogurt, low-fat cheese, walnuts and almonds, peanut butter on oatcakes and veggie sticks dipped in hummus.
4. Add the yucky stuff to the yummy dishes
Ok, so broccoli might not be the yummiest thing in the world, but it is awesome for your health. Instead of eating it plain-boiled, why not hide it in a soup or a vegetable bake? Let tastier ingredients disguise the taste, and you'll feel a whole lot better for having eaten your greens too!
I do this for Little Man all the time. Add some spinach leaves to a cheese omelette. Blend some broccoli into a lentil soup, or add some to a pasta bake? A sprinkling of chopped kale and spinach in mince… just use your imagination on this one!
5. Don't forget your daily vitamins
Except that we often do! With a hundred and one things to remember in the morning, that one all-essential pill is often forgotten. Which makes Australian-born Voost Vitamins different. These effervescent vitamins and minerals are not only deliciously flavoured with orange, mango and mixed berries, but ensure we get our Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamins and essential nutrients with the added benefit of additional intake of water.
Since these effervescent tablets are consumed by dissolving in water, they can be absorbed faster and more efficiently than traditional tablets.
I alternate between Vitamin C (essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and metabolism) and Vitamin D (important to maintain healthy bones and even more essential in the winter), and on days when I need an energy boost (for the dreaded school run or an important meeting), I choose Voost Energy – a multivitamin with guarana, caffeine, biotin, niacin and Vitamins B12, B6 and C.
Disclosure: I received the vitamins and the frozen smoothies to review; however, all opinions are my own
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