Eat your five-a-day
Aim to eat five portions of fruit and veg each day. Dried fruit, frozen fruit and veg and juices all count. Why not get a head start by making a fruit smoothie at breakfast time?
It’s more varied, cheaper and better for you. Check out farmer’s markets where possible, or try Pick Your Own fruit and veg – it’s great fun and really inexpensive.
Watch your meat
Eat good quality meat three times a week, rather than poorer quality meat seven times a week. Seek out a good local butcher who can give you advice on the best cuts of meat for your budget.
Swap your carbs
Drop the sandwiches for lunch and have a flour tortilla with roasted vegetables and Greek yoghurt, or a salad with cous cous instead. Vary your lunches where possible and avoid the 3pm post-sandwich energy crash.
Swap chips for chunky potatoes
Instead of chips, roast chunky cut potatoes with their skins on and a little olive oil. They’re better for you and twice as tasty!
Eat oily fish twice a week
Try eating salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna and sardines to protect your body from heart disease.
Dump the crisps and snacks
Have raw vegetables and dips instead. They’re better for your health, and much more friendly on your waistline too.
Choose wine over beer
One glass of red wine is better for you than two pints of beer.
Substitute brown rice for white
As it offers a slower release of carbs, brown rice will make you feel fuller for longer and won’t leave you craving for a sugar hit an hour later.
Always have breakfast!
It really is the most important meal of the day. Porridge is a great source of slow-release carbohydrates, so it will keep you going until lunchtime. Sprinkle raisins on the top and you’ll have had one portion of your five fruit and veg!