As the flowers bloom and the weather warms up, spring is the perfect time to refresh your eating habits. Just like tidying up our homes during the spring cleaning season, our diets can also benefit from a little sprucing up. Let us share our top practical tips to help you embrace healthier eating habits.
1. A little planning goes a long way
Planning your meals can help you make healthier choices. Create a weekly meal plan and shopping list that includes a variety of nutritious food. Sticking to a plan will save time, money and reduce the risk of last-minute unhealthy choices. Check out our website for loads of healthy meal ideas and inspiration, like our cauliflower and barley salad packed with 3.5 serves of veg in every portion!
2. Cook more at home
When you cook at home, you have control over the ingredients and cooking methods used. This allows you to create healthier meals and avoid excess fats, sugars and sodium often found in takeaway or restaurant meals. It will save you money too! Browse our ‘fakeaway’ ideas for quick, easy and healthy meals to cook at home, such as chicken burrito bowls – ready to eat in under 30 minutes.
3. Practice mindful eating
Practicing mindful eating is a way to fully engage with the experience of eating, paying attention to the tastes, textures and sensations of food. It can help you understand your body’s hunger and fullness cues to prevent overeating, it can aid digestion, and most importantly it will increase the enjoyment of meals! Try to eat your meals slowly and without distractions. So next time you eat, try to chew every mouthful of food more and avoid eating while watching TV, working at the computer or using your phone.
4. Drink more water
It’s important to keep hydrated as the days get warmer. If you drink soft drinks and juice, try to reduce the amount you consume and replace with water. If you need some flavour, add some citrus fruit, berries or cucumber. Drinking more water and less sugary drinks is good for your health and wallet! Start small by drinking just one glass of water at the same time each day to create a sustainable habit.
5. Eat more vegetables
Did you know we should eat 5 serves of vegies per day? Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre needed for good health and can reduce cancer risk. It may sound like a lot, but if you spread out eating vegies over the day, it can be easy. Pop tomato slices on wholegrain toast for breakfast, enjoy a refreshing salad for lunch and load up on veg for dinner with recipes such as our vegie kebabs.