Whether it’s that new year’s resolution you’ve been recycling the past few years in hopes of meeting it or telling yourself ‘just one more day before I’ll really get to it’, we’ve all been there—eating better that is—or at least trying to. Afterall, it is true that you are what you eat. 🧘
Eating healthy food in Singapore can be quite a feat, especially with the delicious local food widely available. At the same time, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it mean you’ll need to munch on only salads. Healthy food can also mean eating clean food that does not have extra sauces or simply food that has more protein. Here are some easy tips that you can make of to help you eat better this year. Your efforts to get your new year off to a healthy start will definitely pay off.
Brandishing #GetHealthy or #HealthyEating on social media is something many try to incorporate and more often than not, is harder to live up to than we make it out to be, especially in the long run. The bigger picture is always daunting; think small to start a routine that’ll help ease you into a healthier diet without feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. After all, eating healthy isn’t all about greens and zero fun—it’s something everyone’s able to enjoy to their own palate.
💭 Think Small
Overeating is an easy feat, more so when it’s mindless. Kick-start your eating better by having smaller portions. Counting calories may not be for everyone, more so for those who are only starting on bettering their diets. Remember, sticking to a healthy food diet doesn’t mean you should eat more, nor should you stay totally away from the food you love. Simply hold off upsizing your meals or just eat just enough.
It’s important to take cues from your body rather than what you think you need. Often times, we get full before we’re done with our meals. If you’re still thinking of reaching for a snack after, grab for more leafy greens or fruit to finish.
Alternatively, you might also want to keep some healthy snacks on hand at home. Nuts make a great snack as they are power packed with nutrients like omega, fiber and antioxidants.
SnackFirst offers naturally flavored and unsalted nuts that are cholesterol-free, MSG-free, trans-fat free and yet a healthy source of dietary fiber, unsaturated fats and proteins. Take your pick between nutritious raw nuts or flavourful baked nuts!
Don’t like eating them on its own? Dress up your salad or even yoghurt with some sliced almonds silvers or squirrel walnuts and enjoy the crunch these nuts bring to an otherwise boring snack! 🥗
👩🍳 Meal Preps
While eating out isn’t necessarily tough for those who’d like to eat better, it isn’t always the friendliest either. Preparing your own meals at home not only gives you more control on what goes into your food—that means cutting out the chemical additives, added sugar and unhealthy fats—but best of all, it also lets you dictate its taste. Afterall, healthy food doesn’t mean yucky food, right? Gotta be able to win both fights—all in the name of a better, healthier you.
If you haven’t heard of Redmart, it’s one of the most popular groceries delivery in Singapore. You can make your order two days ahead. What’s good about Redmart is that there is a wide range of fresh produce and meats, even wild-caught salmon that you can use in your daily preparation of healthy (and tasty) meals. If any of the fresh fruits or vegetables are not satisfactory, simply let them know and get your money back. Ordering in advance online helps with meal-planning and minimise impulse buys that we sometimes get with supermarket runs (especially when we are hungry)!
🥛 Drink, drink, drink
Ridding our bodies of toxins and waste products is vital for a healthy body. Tiredness, low energy and headaches are some symptoms of dehydration, which is also sometimes mistaken for hunger. Instead of ordering fizzy drinks or a cup of coffee to get you through the afternoon, opt for water—your body will thank you for it.
🥗 Enticing Yourself with Vegetables
We all know we should eat our greens. They’re packed with all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that our bodies need but oftentimes are bland and not appealing to our palate. Adding colour and extending beyond your usual greens—like kale, beets , yellow squash and mustard greens—are some ways to make eating vegetables more enjoyable. This not only enhances the visual of meals but also varies its taste and texture.
🤓 Make Label Reading a Habit
Yes, reading! Pay attention to what goes into your body by reading the food labels. While some foods might be labelled as ‘healthy’, their food labels might say otherwise. Whether it’s the sugar or saturated fats content, make sure you’re well-informed of what you’re putting into your shopping basket before you checkout.
🥇 Less Salt, Healthier Fats
We all know salt is correlated with blood pressure. The same can be said with unhealthy fats—they raise your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Lower your salt consumption by not only reading your food labels but also when you prepare your meals. The same can be said about your fat consumption. It’s also important you know which fats are good for you. Small doses of unsaturated fat such as avocados, nuts and seeds is fine for your everyday consumption, as opposed to saturated and trans fats.
With the right practices and continued effort, eating better will become second nature in no time at all. Start with just one change and soon enough, you’ll see the benefits it brings before you’ll come out of it a better version of yourself. Stocking up on groceries? Be mindful of what you add to your cart and it helps to plan your meals ahead. Hop over to Cardable for the latest RedMart promotions here.
The best thing about eating better? It makes a better you, inside and out.