With March seeing Wellbeing Week take place, why not use it as a chance to check if you are caring for your health?
Wellbeing Week is coming up on March 23-30, and, with a recent statistic showing that 64 per cent of UK adults are overweight or obese, there is no better time to investigate some of the simple, healthy swaps we can make to our everyday foods to ensure our health is up to scratch.
- Swap bread for oatcakes: To name a few benefits, oatcakes release their energy gradually because of the slow release properties that come from the oats. This means you are more likely to have balanced energy levels throughout the day. Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns, explained: “Oatcakes can provide more natural vitamins and minerals – especially compared to white breads. Flours can be stripped of their nutrients as part of the refining process, but this doesn’t happen to the oats in oatcakes, which are unrefined and minimally processed.”
- Swap fizzy drinks for water and fruit: Many of us have a sweet tooth, but considering the average fizzy drink contains 35g of sugar, perhaps something needs to be done. Squeezing lemon or orange (or both) into a glass of water will still satisfy your sweet tooth, but also means that you are, in turn, upping your daily intake of water. If you feel like the idea of squeezing fruit won’t quite satisfy your sweet tooth, even swapping out fizzy drinks and juices for squash brings a number of health benefits.
- Swap sugar for sweetener: The average sugar intake for a British adult is a worrying 90g, which is three times the daily recommended amount of 30g. The people at Natvia remind of the positive impact of switching from sugar to a more natural sweetener. Nutritionist, Alix Woods, explained: “Studies reveal Natvia has no effect on cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which has been found to minimise the risk of heart disease.”