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Tower's Top Tips for Healthy Eating in 2015Britons reportedly pile on an average of 7lbs over the festive period, so it's no surprise to see many vowing to lose the bulge caused by Christmas excess as part of their New Year’s resolutions, cutting out sugars, alcohol and even wheat. If that sounds like you and you’re one of the many possibly struggling to keep up with their new-found healthy eating regime, then read on as we’ve put together some easy ways to eat healthily in 2015…
Don’t cut things out, swap themThe internet is awash with dietary advice focusing on cutting out foods that will supposedly throw your health kick off-track – alcohol, sugary snacks, fats. But did you know that you can still enjoy all these things as part of a balanced diet by simply cutting down your intake or by making clever food swaps? To do this you’ll need to learn to look past the snazzy packaging on pre-packed foods and read the nutritional information. Once you know what to look for – calories, fats, salt and sugars, you can start swapping foodstuffs for other, healthier alternatives. Below are some simple swaps for each meal-time: Starch as you mean to go on Starch-laden foods should make up approximately one third of your diet – they provide important fibre, minerals and vitamins but most importantly, they give you much-needed energy. You should try and include starch in every meal. See the graphic below for examples of starchy food you can add to your diet and their nutritional values:
Add a splash of colour to your dietMany people worry that tailoring their diets to be healthier involves a lot of detective work to find out the nutritional values of certain foods. But did you know that there’s an easy way to ensure you get the right balance of vitamins and minerals? Simply eat a range of differently coloured produce! See the graphic below for details of colourful additions to your diet and their nutritional values:
And finally...stay hydratedThe European Food Safety Authority recommends an intake of 2.5 litres of water per day for adult males, and 2 litres for adult females. However, all this water doesn’t have to come from drinks – 20-30% should come from foods. The other 70-80% should come from liquids although that doesn’t necessarily have to be in the form of water. Of course water would be the preferable option given that it includes no sugar, calories or additives. So there you have it – your 2015 healthy eating regime doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-ou and arduous task if you take heed of the useful advice and tips here. If you’re thinking of incorporating any of the quick-wins listed here into your diet, or if you have any tips you think we may have missed, then let us know in the comments or via our Twitter channel. We might even dig out a Tower prize for the best healthy eater or most useful tip!
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