A lot of people get lost along the way when they are trying to be healthy and although the internet can be a great source of inspiration and information, it can also be confusing and contradictory when it comes to health and healthy eating. So to keep you on the right track we have taken a daily meal plan from private chef, culinary marketing consultant, and professional recipe developer Amie Valpone, to show you exactly what kind of healthy and fun foods you should be looking to eat throughout the day.
This is the perfect time to load up on slow release energy and there is no better way to go about it than with oatmeal. Be sure to opt for a healthier alternative to fattening milk in almond or coconut milk too! These alternatives will give you healthy protein without all the harmful chemicals that are in normal milk. Use the simplicity of the oats to allow you to add lots of fiber from flax seed and some flavour with fresh sliced fruit.
Warm lemon water is a go-to drink in colder weather and it gives the body an immediate detox that is an ideal way to start the day.
Even healthy eaters can’t always managed waiting till lunchtime, but if you are going to snack then you might want to consider opting for a healthier one over a packet of crisps. Instead choose a banana with some cashew nut butter, this will provide you with a hit of protein and the banana’s carbohydrates will give you an energy boost till lunchtime. This is an ideal snack if you need a quick and simple pick-me-up and you are avoiding all the unnatural sugars you would come across in processed foods.
If you haven’t tried it before then roasted cauliflower is a simple and delicious treat that is another great alternative to a bag of oily crisps. If it doesn’t hit the spot by itself then consider adding some homemade guacamole too. The cauliflower will load you up with a great deal of natural fiber and the guacamole is a great way to introduce some healthy fat into your diet through the avocado.
Dinner is your opportunity to be a bit more creative with healthy vegetables and a great way to enjoy them is in a bake. If you haven’t tried an eggplant bake then now is the time! Throw in some shredded chicken if you like a bit more protein, along with tomatoes, onions, seasoning and herbs. If you are feeling like you need an extra bit of richness then add a dollop of Greek yoghurt for a creamier texture.
For those of you with a sweet tooth almond flour, gluten-free bread can be a delicious and less processed alternative to a lot of desserts on offer in shops. Or you might want to consider making your own fruit crumble and this will allow you to control the amount of sugar in it.