How To Vary Your Diet & Stay Healthy
We’re all guilty of getting in to a routine when it comes to eating, especially if you are working 5 days a week. We have tried and tested meals that we tend to eat each week because we know them well, they are easy to make after you’ve been at work all day and you know you’ll like them. The only problem with this is that you can quickly find yourself becoming insufficient in certain vitamins because you are eating the same food and taking the same things in. A varied diet is great and means there is less chance you’ll need to take multivitamins or any other supplements as part of your daily routine. We’re going to look at each meal and good foods that have a variety of different vitamins and minerals in them.
This is one of the best meals of the day in terms of the type of foods you’d like to eat for it and what they give you. Cereals are obviously great and full of fibre, porridge is full of protein and will keep you feeling full, just stay away from those that are laced with sugar and either have the plainer ones or use fresh fruit to give it a bit of natural sweetness, that way you are taking in more vitamins than you would have done initially. Honey is also a great natural sweetener.
If you aren’t a big breakfast person and don’t like to eat first thing in the morning then look at having brunch or an early lunch instead. The perfect ingredient to base your brunch/lunch around is eggs, they are full of protein and omega-3. If you really want to boost your omega-3 intake then have smoked salmon along with your eggs. Meals like eggs benedict, Florentine and royale are tasty and full of different nutrients, particularly Florentine which is spinach based. The only thing to look out for is the hollandaise sauce, this is very high in calories so maybe skip it or only have a small amount if you are eating it regularly.
For your dinner it’s important to look at what else you have eaten during the day, if you’ve had cereal for breakfast, eggs and smoked salmon for lunch then look at getting some vegetables in to your evening meal. Stews are a healthy way of including lots of veg in to one dish and making them taste better, also look to get some more protein from a meat like chicken or turkey if you’re looking to be more healthy. The great thing about protein is that it helps your muscles recover and repair quicker but more importantly, it keeps you feeling full.
With a varied diet there is no need for further supplements other than perhaps Vitamin D if you’re living in the UK in the winter. It is said that a large percentage of the population has an insufficiency or deficiency of vitamin D in the winter months. Unfortunately, with so little sun it is difficult to get the right levels of it.