5 ideas for health-conscious foodies
It's a common concern for anyone going on a diet: do I have to give up my favourite food? But tasty food and healthy food are not mutually exclusive, and there are plenty of delicious, diet-friendly food options to consider. Here are a few suggestions for the health-conscious foodie.
Whether enjoyed as a snack or a meal, salmon can be eaten guilt-free. Numerous studies have shown that the benefits of eating fish far outweigh any risks, and including a fish meal regularly in your diet could significantly cut your risk of heart disease.
Smoked salmon makes an ideal gift for a food lover – perhaps as part of a breakfast in bed hamper from a supplier such as Forman and Field .
Soup is an incredibly versatile and simple way of boosting your five-a-day intake, and if you're smart about it, there's no need to compromise on flavour. The possibilities are quite literally limitless: throw any vegetables you have lying around into a stock and add seasoning for a perfect meal. Alternatively, keep things simple. Broccoli soup, for example, requires nothing more than water and a blender.
Dieters everywhere agree that giving up chocolate and sweets is one of the hardest parts of adjusting to a healthy lifestyle. Make it easier on yourself by substituting calorific desserts for a fruit-based course. Try fresh berries braised in a little brandy, barbecue-baked bananas, or a traditional summer fruit salad. Fruits count as part of your five-a-day and help up your vitamin C intake.
For healthy eating, it's best to cut down on red meat but you needn't go entirely vegetarian. Chicken is one of the healthiest meats available and is a rich source of lean protein. It's also hugely adaptable in cooking: have it as part of a caesar salad, with roast vegetables and couscous, or in a light curry.
Pate is a food that comes in a multitude of varieties. It can often be high in fat and cholesterol but if you choose a healthy low-fat kind, or go for a veggie option (e.g. mushroom and tarragon), you can indulge without guilt. Pate also contains vitamins A and B12, and is an excellent source of iron. Served on a wholemeal cracker, it makes for an excellent snack lunch.
Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to go without mouth-watering hampers, delicious soups or pate. It’s possible to incorporate a few healthier treats to make yours a real foodie diet.
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