Meal planning for health

By planning ahead, you can make sensible and informed choices about your diet, incorporate a range of food types and balance your individual meals.  It’s much easier to do this on ‘paper’, than to try and do it whilst rushing around the supermarket and randomly grabbing items off the shelves (if you have children, you will know that this task becomes even more of a nightmare with them in tow!)  

When we are hungry, our blood sugar drops meaning that we are more likely to go for the most convenient food option – this is often not the best choice.  Meal planning helps to eliminate this issue as you have all of the ingredients to make a healthy dinner ready and waiting for you.  And as Delicious and Real’s recipes are quick and easy, it won’t be long before you have a tasty meal in front of you.     

Home-cooked meals can be a much healthier option as you can control exactly what goes into them.  Convenience and restaurant foods are often laden with fats, sugars and salt which we all know should be controlled in our diets: it’s very hard to do this when you are not cooking for yourself.  I like to know exactly what goes into my food. 

Now, I am not saying that we never eat out or enjoy a pizza or a quick and easy meal from the supermarket, we most certainly do!  But I balance out these choices with healthy home-cooked meals. 

In my world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance.

Ellie Krieger (nutritionist)

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