Forging healthier eating habits isn’t always as hard as it seems, it’s often the simplest swaps that can make a big difference to your overall health. While full-on detoxes and diets can be daunting and unachievable, focusing on making small changes over a sustained period of time can result in noticeable difference long-term:
Beer – Gluten Free Beer
Can’t give up the alcohol? Even if you’re not gluten intolerant, switching to gluten-free beer can be a healthier alternative to your normal tipple. Organic and suitable for vegans, CELIA is naturally carbonated, providing a subtle fizz without the bloated feeling associated with drinking lager.
Granola – Porridge
Breakfast is commonly recognised as the most important meal of the day, and so it’s crucial you’re eating the right thing in the morning. Whereas most cereals and granola will contain large amounts of sugar, porridge is full of wholegrain goodness that will set you up for the day; Nairn’s Gluten-Free Scottish Porridge Oats contain nothing but wholegrain oats for a tasty and wholesome breakfast choice.
Milk Chocolate – Raw Chocolate
Ditching the milk chocolate in favour of raw cacao can have a big effect on curbing your sugar hits. Jacqueline Harvey, a wellness expert and author of Body Cycles, says: “Forget milk or white chocolate goodies – opt for dark chocolate instead – the higher the cocoa solid content, the better. Dark chocolate has a lower sugar content and more antioxidant polyphenols that have protective effects on the circulation.”
Cereal Bars – Oatcakes
They can seem like a healthier option, but cereal bars can be as bad for you as the chocolate bars or the sweets they seek to replace. Some are around one-third sugar, and they can contain artificial flavourings and sweeteners and unhealthy vegetable oils, too. As a better alternative try oatcakes, with almond butter. The creamy almond butter feels decadent and provides filling fats and protein, and the slow-releasing carbohydrates from the oatcakes will help keep your energy up for longer.
Prosecco – Kombucha
Say goodbye to sore heads and swap your normal flute of prosecco for a gut-friendly kombucha, says nutritionist Cassandra Barns: “We’re learning more and more about the importance of the ‘friendly’ bacteria and other microbes that live in our gut. They’re thought to influence our immunity, mood and weight, as well as our digestion. Traditional fermented foods such as kombucha can be a key way to maintain the healthy bacteria in our gut – in fact, some research suggests that they’re much more effective than taking probiotic supplements for this purpose.”