Five tips for food comfort and health this Autumn

March 1, 2018

With the weather still warm, it’s hard to believe Autumn has already landed.  If you made a resolution to be healthier in 2018, here are some tips to stay on track as it gets cooler.   

  1. Cook meals in bulk. The cooler months are perfect for having ready-made meals which can be easily taken from the freezer and reheated. Try making batches of vegetable and lentil-based soups or casseroles. It’s a perfect time to get out the slow cooker.
  2. Use warming ingredients to flavour dishes. Foods such as chilli, ginger and cayenne pepper provide a health boost, as well as the feeling of warmth and comfort.
  3. Get creative with vegetables. Replace cream-based pasta or rice dishes with zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice. Vegetables are nutrient rich and high in fibre.
  4. Add some extra fibre. A fibre-rich breakfast such as whole oat porridge with LSA and fresh seasonal fruit is yummy in Autumn. LSA is a flax seed, sunflower seed and almond mixture and is available at most supermarkets.
  5. Reduce your salt intake. Warming and comforting foods can be laden with salt which can certainly make them moreish. If you can’t cook a meal yourself and watch the salt quota, look for salt-reduced meals or items at the supermarket. Healthy salt substitutes include sea vegetables, sea salt, and miso sauce.



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