Following a healthy diet is one of the easiest ways to live healthily and happily. After all, when we give our body what it needs to thrive, we notice a range of benefits, including:
- Improved health and immunity
- Improved sleeping patterns and energy levels
- Improved mood
However, beyond the age-old adage of getting your ‘five-a-day,’ many people are unaware of the ways in which they can change their diet – often viewing healthy eating as something inaccessible – when this is simply not the case!
With that in mind, here are four fun ways to improve your diet!
Make smoothies for breakfast
Despite its importance, a reported 25% of adults skip breakfast, often citing that they are too busy in the mornings to cook anything. However, those who eat breakfast are often happier and healthier overall, not to mention more energized. As a result, it’s important that you make time in your schedule for breakfast – even if you’re looking to eat/drink on the go. For example, you could make a smoothie that you can take with you to work. Smoothies are also a great way to make your children eat more fruit and veg.
Try new recipes
Expanding your palette by trying out new dishes or cuisines is another excellent way to improve your diet – as it can introduce you to recipes you’d never thought of trying before and have been missing out on for years. This also helps keep healthy eating fun as you aren’t cooking the same meals over and over again on rotation.
Furthermore, trying new recipes does not mean that you have to become a pro chef, as even the more simplistic recipes are packed with flavor! For example, you could try out this super easy ceviche recipe.
While it may sound time-consuming, meal prepping when you have a few spare hours is a great way to ensure your daily meals are as healthy as possible. It can also free up a lot of time in the evenings, as you no longer have to cook from scratch – you can simply reheat something. Again, this also gives you the chance to try out a range of different recipes.
Furthermore, you can meal prep for every meal of the day – not just your dinner. For example, this means you can start taking a packed lunch with you to work instead of heading over to the canteen or local coffee shop. Not only will this help you stick to healthy eating, but it could also save you money.
Don’t forget to treat yourself
While healthy eating is important, you should not deny yourself the occasional treat either. After all, it’s all about moderation! For example, if you’ve been sticking to healthy eating all week, then you deserve a treat when the weekend rolls around – whether that’s in the form of candy or a cake. Taking this approach to healthy eating will stop you from developing negative attitudes toward food, which can also make it easier for you to stick to a healthy diet long-term.