March is National Nutrition Month and we want to make it easier than ever to shake up your plate and give your diet a boost. To do this, we’ve come up with a list of tips, swaps and meals to make eating healthier and feeling better easy peasy. So, what are you waiting for, give our 7-day meal plan a go and lift your food game!
What do I need in my diet?
A balanced diet has several essential components that you need to get through food:
- Protein helps your body to grow and repair
- Fibre helps maintain a healthy digestive system
- Vitamins are essential for your overall health. Different vitamins have different jobs: Vitamin A aids your vision, Vitamin C helps with your immune system and Vitamin D keeps your bones and teeth strong
- Minerals are like vitamins – they’re essential for your body to keep working as it should. Calcium, potassium and iron are three of the minerals you need to have in your diet
Your body can produce some of the things it needs to maintain your health, but you need to have good sources of protein, fibre and vitamins and minerals in your diet to give your body the resources it needs to keep you fighting fit!
Giving your diet a boost is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Shake it up: Variety is essential for a healthy, balanced diet as you’re more likely to be getting the nutrients you need if you’re eating a wide range of foods. Try new foods – especially new fruit and veggies – and pack your plate with as many colourful vegetables as possible to get your five-a-day.
- Swap it out: You can make simple swaps to give your diet a big boost. For instance, instead of getting takeaway fish and chips, you could make a ‘fake-away’ with homemade chips, yummy pan-fried cod and mushy peas. It’s better for you, and better for your wallet too! Other easy swaps include switching white bread, wraps and pasta for wholegrain varieties for a fibre boost, or switching sugary snacks for a piece of fruit, a pack of Munchy Seeds or some carrot sticks and hummus.
- Solve it: When you’re out and about, it’s very easy to reach for a bar of chocolate or buy fast food for dinner. Meal planning – prepping what you’re going to eat in advance – will not only save you time and money but will make you more likely to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Why not take a couple of hours on a Sunday to prep some packed lunches for the week ahead?
Take part in the Munchy Seeds challenge and share your journey with us on Facebook or Instagram! Don’t forget to tag us @munchyseeds and use the hashtag #shakeitup.
You can find some of these delicious recipes by heading to our recipe page here.