While most of us would like to eat in healthier ways, there’s not always enough time and energy available to produce perfect, nutritionally correct meals every day. Here’s a few simple ways in which you can make your meals a little healthier without a lot of time and effort.
Add some herbs
Fresh herbs are wonderful for adding colour, flavour and fragrance to both savoury and sweet dishes. Their usefulness doesn’t stop there however; low in calories, fat and salt, fresh herbs can provide a positive addition to meals with their high (relative to their weight) vitamin and mineral content. Herbs are easy to grow in your garden or on a windowsill and are a simple way to add a little extra nutrition to your meals.
A few basil leaves adds some zing as well as vitamins and minerals to tomatoes on toast
Use more yoghurt
The health benefits of natural yoghurt are well documented. Using natural or plain Greek yoghurt instead of cream in dishes such as beef stroganoff and curries can cut down the kilojoules, while adding extra vitamins and minerals. Yoghurt is a great topping for baked potatoes, nachos, breakfast fruit and cereals, and desserts. It's also a tasty addition to homemade salad dressings.
Stack the vegetables
Occasionally substituting steamed or stir-fried greens (spinach, silverbeet, bokchoy), mashed cooked potato, sweet potato or cauliflower in place of rice and pasta lowers the kilojoule count, adds the goodness of vegetables and a little variety to everyday meals. Adding some extra vegies to dishes such as homemade Bolognese sauce, hamburgers and meat pies is also a good way of upping your intake of vegetables - try finely chopped celery and grated vegetables such as carrot and zucchini for this.
Healthy eating need not require a majorly complicated renovation of your meal planning. A few simple adjustments applied gradually can help set you on the right path to a more nutritious diet.