SWAP: Potato for Sweet Potato
If you haven't jumped on this one yet, you need to do it tonight! Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse offering a big dose of beta-carotene, vitamin c, manganese, copper, vitamin B6 and potassium, just to name a few. They are also high in resistant starch and are much lower GI, making them great for blood sugar levels and supporting weight loss.
SWAP: Spaghett and Pasta for Zucchini Noodles
It sounds crazy but it's delicious and you can save yourself around 200-300 calories. Instead of carb loading on wheat-based spagetti with your mince at night, simply buy some zucchinis and spiralise them. Serve with some lean beef or chicken mince and you have yourself a delicious, low calorie, low carb meal. Zucchinis are a great source of potassium, folate and carotenoids.
SWAP: Commercial Dressings for Lemon Juice
While they can make a pretty bland salad enjoyable, you are not doing yourself any favours by eating highly processed dressings from the supermarket. Lemon juice contains no fat, antioxidants and flavonoids, not to mention it's loaded with flavour. Mix it with a tablespoon of olive oil and drizzle on your salad or vegetables for a super healthy dressing with benefits.
SWAP: A Burger for a Naked Burger
They are becoming more wideley available at cafe's and fast food outlets but they make a super easy and healthy dinner option during the week. Instead of a bread roll or bun, get 2 iceberg lettuce leaves and wrap up a patty of your choice with a selection of salad. Quick, simple and so healthy!
SWAP: Couscous for Quinoa
Suitable for those with gluten sensitivity, quinoa has been given much praise for its incredible nutritional benefits. With magnesium, folic acid and antioxidants, this ancient grain will provide you with the energy your body needs to perform. It is a complete protein making it a great choice for salads or vegetables at lunch. Just make sure you soak them before you cook them so it's easy to digest.