You may know what ‘not to eat’ but do you know ‘what to swap it for.’ If this sounds tricky eventually you may just give up or find yourself with a very few healthy options. To avoid this situation, get smart and plan!
Planning is the secret of healthy eating
The first step towards healthy eating is planning well and the key is to stock up healthy foods in your kitchen cabinets. Get all the unhealthy foods out of your sight and explore the healthy options.
Stock up these foods
- Yoghurt, lassi
- Cheese cubes, paneer, tofu
- Peanut/almond butter
- Dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, apricots etc.
- Nuts like almonds, walnuts etc. (but not too many)
- Dry breakfast cereals (prefer sugar- free)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Roasted unsalted peanuts
- Trail mix (A mix of dry fruits, peanuts/baked soybeans, cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, breakfast cereal, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, shredded dry coconut)
- Healthy non-fried traditional snacks such as Chiwada (roasted rice flakes,peanut and chana snack)
- Seasonal fruits
- Apples and bananas
- Vegetables like carrots, cherry or grape tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot, lettuce etc.
- Whole wheat bread
- Roasted chana
- Soya milk
Some tips to help you stick to your health plan:
- Keep some of these healthy snacks in easy to carry pouches, so that it is easy to pick up while on the go or at work.
- If unhealthy foods find entry into your kitchen, store them in hard to reach places.
- If you have to eat while watching TV, get yourself a portion on to a plate instead of eating straight out a packet as you will end up eating more.
- Treat yourself occasionally with junk foods but maintain balance and moderation.
Plan ahead and see the journey of eating well reach its goal—the healthy you and healthy baby for you!!