Healthy Fast Food Ideas
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Why skipping breaky is a big no-no
If you think skipping breakfast is wise, think again! When you don’t eat breakfast, your metabolism slows and your blood sugar decreases, which can make you hungry and more inclined to eat the foods you shouldn’t. Start with some of the basics: oats are a fantastic source of protein and fibre and can help to lower your cholesterol. Bircher muesli using raw oats, prepared the night before, is not only highly nutritious, but scrumptious. Just before bed, add some apple juice, fresh berries, honey and a handful of LSA (linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds – another great source of protein!) with a dash of milk, and you’ll wake up to a nutritious and tasty breaky. And to mix it up, why not try scrambled egg whites with a handful of greens on rye bread, and some low-fat plain yoghurt with freshly cut seasonal fruit. Get the taste for some healthy and fun options, and you’ll never skip breaky again!
Squeezing in lunch and dinner
If preparing your lunch in advance feels like it’s too much to take on, keep your menu simple. It’s a known fact that refuelling your body with a nutritious meal can keep your metabolism active and raises your energy levels. It doesn’t have to be a laborious task to prepare healthy food – it’s all about planning ahead. You could write a shopping list every Sunday and prepare your lunches for the week. Think turkey (a lean meat) on wholegrain bread with spinach leaves (high in vitamins A, K and B) and Dijon mustard. Or brown rice with steamed broccoli for extra fibre and tuna to help increase your omega-3 intake. And dinner can be just as easy to prepare – simply add steamed carrots or beans and a jacket potato to a piece of lean mean, or lightly grill a fleshy, white fish with a squeeze of lemon and some steamed vegetables and basmati rice. Focus on meals that take 30 minutes or under to cook and you’ll find it’s easier than you think to be healthy.
Call in the professionals
If you want some help with eating healthy amid your wedding planning, the team at Jenny Craig are there to support you. Their program, based on what they call SkillPower™, helps you get to your goal weight using a holistic approach to food, body and mind. This means following a balanced and nutritious kilojoule-controlled menu (food), increasing your level of activity (body), and staying in control your thoughts and motivation (mind). You’ll find eating plans including ready-to-eat meals (perfect in the busy lead up to the big day!) with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, wholegrain cereals and heart-healthy fats. There are over 70 delicious meals and snacks to choose from, with options like Pesto Pasta Salad on the lunch selection, and even Sea Salt & Vinegar Crisps for snacks! The menus are designed by accredited practising dietitians – so it’s all about a balanced approach which will leave you looking and feeling, amazing.
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