7 tips for a healthier New Year
- Try a new recipe every week! Variation is the key to maintaining your healthy eating plan. Eating a variety of fresh foods will give you more energy and boost your mood. See hundreds of gluten free recipes on our website.
- Try swapping red meat for white meat as it’s lower in saturated fat. You should also try and eat oily fish 1-2 times a week as it’s an excellent source of protein, omega 3 fat and contains many vitamins and minerals. Need some inspiration? See this recipe for low in fat but full of flavour fish and chips Red meat isn’t off the menu entirely as it contains iron which is really beneficial for people with coeliac disease, who can experience iron deficiency. When cooking, try to ensure that the meat is lean, with fat stripped. If you fancy more of a change or do not eat meat, why not try our Veggie Burger recipe? Packed with lots of tasty veg and finished with a yogurt and mint dressing, it’s the perfect light meal choice for a tastier New Year.
- Drink lots of water! Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger so staying hydrated should prevent a rumbling tummy. Let’s not forget that water helps to remove harmful toxins and waste products from our bodies. It is recommended that we drink 2 litres of water a day.
- When you’re not drinking water, you could have a glass of milk. People with coeliac disease have a higher requirement for calcium and as foods that normally contain calcium, such as staple cereal products are off limits, it can be more difficult for them to obtain an adequate intake. Therefore, coeliacs need to ensure they’re getting the required amount from milk, green leafy vegetables or gluten-free breads which contain added calcium.
- Never skip breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day. Studies show that adults and children who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t. If you miss breakfast you are also likely to become tired and your brain and body won’t be functioning properly, by dinner you’ll be ravenous. A healthy gluten-free breakfast should contain some protein, fibre and a starchy food, a good example would be our calcium boosting smoothie teamed with the new high fibre Breakfast Bakes. Breakfast Bakes contain gluten-free oats and provide you with a source of vitamin B1, zinc and iron. They also contain beta-glucans which can help to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.
- A healthy diet should be a varied diet- including foods from each major food groups: fruit and vegetables, starchy carbohydrates, milk and dairy foods, protein foods (including meat, fish, eggs & beans/pulses) and fatty/sugary foods-in moderation of course! See our website for more information.
- Finally, the tip you’ve all been dreading; get active! Another totally gluten-free and wheat free tip to a healthier you. Adults are recommended to do a minimum of 30 minutes moderate intensity physical activity, five days a week. This doesn’t have to be all in one go - you could go for a brisk walk to the bus or a run round the block or up the stairs, just make sure it’s enough to make you a little breathless and get your heart rate pumping!
We’ve tried to cover the basics here. If you have any tips that have helped you feel free to tweet or share on our Facebook page. To finish off our guide to a gluten-free healthier you, we’ve listed our products that are not only gluten-free and wheat free but low in saturated fat and still delicious, as well as a list of snacks that are around a 100 calories. Just make sure you serve these products with something not too naughty to help you to achieve a healthy gluten-free diet throughout 2018.
- Pizza Bases
- Brown Ciabatta Rolls
- White Ciabatta Rolls
- Wholesome Seeded Loaf
- Wholesome White Loaf
- Lightly Salted Rice Cakes
- Frozen White Rolls
As always, the team love to hear from you. If you are planning a healthier 2018 let us know what your top tips are!