Why you shouldn’t drink tap water
Tap water contains high levels of minerals and deposits which can lead to kidney stones and liver damage in the long term. Tap water often contains minute traces of prescribed medicines such as antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and birth control pills.
Look for food inspiration online. There is a huge selection of recipes available online which are quick and easy to cook. You don’t need to buy expensive cookbooks and every expensive kitchen gadget that exists to be able to cook healthy food quickly and cheaply!
Don’t store your fruits and vegetables in the fridge for a long time before eating them as they lose nutrients every day you store them before eating. It is better to buy food fresh then freeze it straightaway rather than buying frozen to start with.
Increase Your Protein Levels
Increase your protein content with boiled eggs, chicken breast chopped into small pieces or shredded poached salmon pieces also stored in containers ready to go. To increase your vegetable protein levels, use quinoa instead of rice or pasta and add more chickpeas, beans, broccoli or peas into your diet.
Drink more water
Aim to build up to drinking between 2 and 3 litres of water per day and preferably drink only filtered or bottled water where possible. Drinking filtered water goes for all your pets too!
Plan your meals using a two week meal planner so you know what ingredients to buy when you go shopping and you can maintain a healthy balance of different kinds of protein, carbohydrates, fats and a variety of fruits and vegetables during the course of the week. Try to have different coloured vegetables at every meal. Eat the rainbow!
Buy fresh produce not frozen
Buy your fruit and vegetables fresh wherever possible rather than frozen or tinned. Fresh fruits and vegetables have many more nutrients and are much better quality and more nutrient dense. Organic Fruits and vegetables are even more nutrient dense and have been farmed using a lot less chemicals. The best option of course is home grown fruits and vegetables from your back garden or allotment!
Salad snack boxes
Prepare small plastic containers for the week with cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, baby gem lettuce leaves etc. which you can munch on as a snack or add to a meal.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Replace pasta dishes with courgette noodles or sweet potato noodles or vegetable lasagne sheets using a mandolin slicer, food processor or potato peeler to increase your vegetable intake and lower your gluten and carbohydrate intake.
Batch cook sauces like a tomato base for Bolognaise, chili or soups in large quantities when you have more time and then freeze them in individual portions so they are ready to go when you need them during the week and have less time to cook.
Unusual vegetables from around the world
Can you guess which vegetables these are?
Try Something New Today!
Try something new every week. Whether it’s a new fruit or vegetable or a new recipe you try, be inspired to do something different! There are so many kinds of fruits and vegetables on display at a market stall, large greengrocers or supermarket for you to choose from. Be bold!!