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What’s the Point of Private Tuition?

 

Private tuition is seldom out of the news, and this is hardly a surprise given the size of the supplementary education industry. In the UK alone, 1 in 4 children report having had a private tutor at some point in their educational journey.

For a parent to hire a private tutor is commonplace – quite ordinary, in fact. There are all sorts of reasons behind a decision to do so: to support a child who’s fallen behind at school, to ensure top grades to get on a university course, to assist with Special Educational Needs such as dyslexia or perhaps to supplement homeschooling.

There are also a number of delivery methods: in-person tuition (at the student’s or the tutor’s home), online tuition (using Skype and an online whiteboard, for example) or group tuition which takes place in an after-school centre (in the UK, Kumon or Explore Learning centres spring to mind).

Despite its ubiquitousness, private tuition still has a certain reputation of being elitist. Tom Maher, former president of The Tutors’ Association, recently addressed this point in a comment piece which looked at the language used to describe the industry. For example, both the words ‘private’ and ‘tutor’ suggest exclusivity in a way that ‘one-to-one’ and ‘lessons’ do not, and yet they both describe the same educational approach.

Certain sections of the private tuition industry now appear to distance themselves from elitist vocabulary because they want this powerful way of learning to be available to all. For example, ‘supplementary education’ as a term is now more in vogue. In line with this thinking, various charities are now focusing on initiatives to introduce one-to-one learning into new contexts – for example, to help children in under-performing schools.

The fact is, private tuition is at its heart a powerful learning method because an expert private tutor is in the unique position of being able meet their student at the edge of their current understanding, and so help enhance it. This is simply not possible in a classroom situation where learning has the tendency to be either too advanced, or too easy, for each individual student.

Furthermore, negative peer pressure or the fear of speaking out can be further disincentives to learn for some children in a classroom setting. The right kind of private tuition does away with these kinds of blocks to learning, and parents can see their children flourish in this context where they haven’t elsewhere.

Whatever the pros and cons of private tutoring, it is a successful method which is here to stay,  and which can be effective for children from any background.

As a parent, you may therefore consider finding out more information on private tuition or hiring a private tutor for your child.

Great Educational Apps for Everyone

 

The internet is often criticised for its sometimes frivolous content, but there is much more to it than that. Indeed, it has given us the ability to talk to people on the other side of the world, free and in real time, as well as introducing to the world new ways of watching films and TV shows. Furthermore, with high speed broadband, watching video content is more reliable, as there is none of the buffering that was once the norm, and there is plenty of content to choose from. With handheld devices – smartphones and tablets – being the most popular method of accessing the internet now, there is much to say about apps, which offer a varied amount of different content.

iTunes eLearning App

When it comes to educational content, the internet is a vast resource covering everything from science to languages, through art, travel and more, and there are many apps covering these areas too. We would like to introduce you to a very impressive iTunes eLearning App, one that offers you unrivalled content of a very high quality, and we think you’re going to like it! In fact, if you are looking to further your education in a particular area, or to learn something new, The Great Courses Plus – as it is called – is a must.

You get access to more than 8000 videos and lectures, and they are structured in an array of courses so you can choose the subject you want to study. Each course comes with a number of videos on different aspects of the subject, the number of videos varying from course to course, and you take the course at your own pace. It’s very easy to follow, and we recommend you choose a tablet as the medium for greater clarity.

Android Version

For users of Android devices, and they are perhaps the most popular of all right now, The Great Courses Plus is available to download, and you get the same features as you do with the iTunes version. It must be among the best Android eLearning app around, and the range of subjects is absolutely comprehensive in scope. You can choose the courses you want to study and, thanks to Wi-Fi hotspots, can watch them at your leisure, anywhere you may be at the time. Whether you are learning something new, brushing up on languages or enhancing your knowledge of a particular subject, you will find The Great Courses Plus to be the best app around.

The internet has given us a great deal of added benefits in a short time, and in terms of education is now one of the most valuable and versatile tools around. It is not only used by schools and colleges, but in homes around the world for education purposes. All the Great Courses lectures are to a high standard – college level in fact – so you are getting quality learning at a sensible price, so why not check it out now, and take advantage of the free trial to learn what it’s all about.

6 Tips To Help You Deal with Spousal Debt

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What if your partner is racking up a huge amount of credit card debt, and has a hard time putting a halt to their unnecessary spending? This situation can get quite dangerous. Is your spousal debt starting to look unmanageable due to a spending addiction? Start investigating payment solution and embrace the ideas listed below that you may try out to get their finances back on track.

1. Be Careful with Debt Solutions

There is a saying that “you know yourself best”, so when you are solving your own debt problems, you have only yourself to worry about. Dealing with someone else’s issues on the other hand, may pose some uncertainties, and there are more factors to consider. For example, be especially careful about converting credit card debt into home equity debt. This will just free up your cards enough so that you or your partner can inadvertently do more damage. Unless you are committed and completely stop using those cards and commit to paying down debt, any loan modification efforts will only lead to increased spending temptations and additional debt.

2. Seek Counselling

While you may be open to taking action for yourself, it may be a lot tougher trying to encourage your spouse to go this route. Have you ever seen the TV show “Intervention”? You can only instigate change once you have seen the light. Unfortunately, many people with this problem do not see their debt as a problem and continue to be in denial.

3. Do Not Bail Your Spouse Out

Discuss the option of separating your finances with your partner who cannot manage their spending. See if you can work out an agreement where you keep separate financial accounts.

4. Approach the Issue with Sensitivity

Be understanding and supportive provide a positive attitude and loving approach to your spouse’s problems. Dealing with change can sometimes be tough and it’s easy to fall off the wagon, so making this a team effort would be much more manageable. Of course, your family’s dynamics will determine whether you can realistically make this a successful joint effort, but this has to be done.

5. Manage Household Finance

In effect, this would mean relinquishing financial control and assigning the financial responsibilities to someone in the family who can handle their finances. Would you be able to make your spouse cooperate and agree to a financial plan? In fact, you are both basically imposing strict limits on your household spending, and though it may be an uncomfortable arrangement, it may be worth doing for at least, for the short term.

6. Use the Right Tool

As it is mandatory to cut all your spouse’s credit cards at this stage, you will need to provide another payment method for her because you simply cannot expect her to pay for everything in cash. This is where the Visa prepaid card comes in handy. Prepaid Visa cards functions just like a traditional credit or debit card would. This will allow your spouse to make purchases in-store, online or at ATM machines. However, the prepaid Visa card is not linked with any credit facilities or bank account. This means that she can only spend what was preloaded on the prepaid card account. Since a prepaid credit card does not facilitate credit services or cash advances, your spouse will not be able to spend any money that they don’t have. This is a perfect tool to restrict expenses as well as to help her nurture a sense of responsible spending.

What’s Next?

Now that you have realized that the only way you can break this bad habit is to help your spouse to make a commitment to deal with it head on. You will have to help your spouse dig deep to find the discipline to make those changes. With the assistance of prepaid Visa cards and full dedication, it gets easier as your spouse develops healthier financial habits over time.

Visit http://www.transact24.com and get your spouse a prepaid Visa card today, do not allow her debt to add up and control her life.

Keep Your Skin Young and Fresh

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Keep Your Skin Young and Fresh

Skin care is part of every girl’s beauty routine, but are you using the best products? There are so many brands to choose from and you have probably settled upon a brand you like. Have you taken a detailed look at your skin lately, to see if your chosen products are doing the job they promise? You may be happy with your results, but what if we told you we’d found a brand with two amazing products, which have been scientifically formulated and undergone clinical trials? That brand is Elan Rose, and we invite you to try it and see what you think.

Wrinkle Reducing Serum

It’s a simple and unavoidable fact that ageing happens. This is particularly noticeable in the skin, and especially the face. Wrinkles are an undeniable part of the ageing process, but don’t they come along suddenly? You wake up one morning and find new wrinkles on your carefully tended-to face, so what do you do? You could try the proven and inventive ‘Wake-Up Beautiful!’ night serum, one of the most popular products from Elan Rose, as it has many properties that are designed to help in terms of anti-aging.

This proven wrinkle reducing serum is a highly developed product and has many satisfied users. It promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other lines, as well as strengthening and smoothing the skin and improving luminosity. You’ll also find the Elan Rose products to be sensibly prices, and also easy to use and effective. Furthermore, as it is used overnight you don’t have to worry about time – you simply apply it and leave it, and it does the job it’s intended for.

Vitamin B3 Serum

Elan Rose is proud of its reputation, and as its range is not too large they have the ability to develop and improve over time. The spf 30 day cream, for example, is a highly developed product intended for both skin replenishment and protection from the sun. UV rays are the worst enemy of the skin and, as we are exposed to them on a daily basis, we need protection from them. Even in the UK, we are getting UV exposure regularly, and the Elan Rose ‘Hello Sunshine’ Day Cream is a product that offers strong protection and long-term hydration.

This carefully formulated skin care product is very popular and in independent trials, was found to deliver excellent results in 100% of the trial subjects. Such success is very impressive, and proves the Elan Rose dedication to excellence. For example, the night product is a vitamin B3 serum, providing excellent skin care properties in perfect safety.

You can check out the details of the Elan Rose product range on their website, and we are confident you will find they are perfect for you. Whether you are currently using a preferred product or are looking for a new one, you will like what is on offer at Elan Rose, so why not get on to their site now, and place your first order.

Give the Hottest Baby Gift To Your Favourite Little One

Give the Hottest Baby Gift To Your Favourite Little One

You don’t have to be a fan of the ubiquitous Kardashian family (and their endless weddings and baby showers) to see the hottest gifts for babies and parents. Today’s parent wants a gift that’s not only very cute and clever, but one that is practical.

Take your cue from celebrity and famous new parents – a very coveted baby shower, christening, bris or baby welcome gift is a baby hamper. You can struggle to put one together yourself. But for the same (if not reduced) price, you can purchase beautifully arranged baby hampers in Sydney which come in themes and colours and lots of personalization options. It is also more convenient and hassle-free to purchase one rather than creating it yourself.

Baby hampers are so clever – and if you’re giving the gift in a crowd or party, you will get all the oohs and ahs. Attention will be on your gift, which will not only be picture-ready and picture perfect, but be filled with items, to which you can add to make it just what you’re looking for and what you need. There are sellers like Baby Gift Box that have gifts designed for the mum-to-be, for a set of twins, for gender-specific or gender-neutral babies, too.

If you’re looking for additional items to give – let’s say you chose to give a hamper for the baby shower – and you need something to bring to welcome the new baby or to bring when you attend the baby’s christening or bris – there are a lot of super fun, super cute and all-kinds-of-adorableness presents available.

You know how toddlers like to ride up high on mummy’s or daddy’s shoulders? There’s cute – albeit one-trick pony item — that some parents will love, it’s a shoulder baby holder. It has a cute soft seat that conforms around the wearer’s neck and a chest brace and holders for the baby’s feet.

Baby leg-warmers may seem gimmicky to you, but little knit knee warmers – with padding in the knee are great for crawlers (but bear in mind that not every baby crawls – some go from sitting to walking).

The always pulse-on-pop-culture Buzzfeed may have their moments of controversy, but not when it comes to checking out the latest in electronics, fashion, food and more…and even… baby gifts! Check out “30 Unexpected Baby Shower Gifts That are Sheer Genius”. Included on the list are:

  1. Baby bean bags
  2. A baby shusher
  3. Car-seat/Stroller combination
  4. Car-seat vest with a holder for a dummy or baby-bottle
  5. Dancing shoes for parents to wear with little shoes on top for kids to stick their feet in and dance with mum or dad
  6. Portable baby food mill
  7. Baby bullet — people who love icy mixed drinks know the bullet that’s a compact high-speed, individual blender, and now there’s one for mixing baby food
  8. Blooming bather – a safety padded mat for baby to sit on whilst in the bath
  9. Bottle heater that doesn’t need batteries or hot water
  10. Fancy baby cradle that comes with music and “five unique motions” that mimic the way a parent carries their baby
  11. A baby board book on HTML (it’s actually called HTML for Babies)
  12. Clever stroller attachment for mum’s with lots of useful pockets
  13. A bib that is also a placemat
  14. A 3-in-1 travel diaper bag that transforms into a changing table and portable bassinet (this is mad genius, actually)
  15. A spill-proof and indestructible sippy cup
  16. A changing mat that’s transformed from what looks like a cosmetic pouch
  17. A stroller phone holder
  18. A super-gentle battery-powered nail file
  19. Electrical outlet protectors
  20. An egg carton filled with baby socks in different sizes (something you can actually make yourself)

With plenty of ideas presented above, you can certainly find a gift that is not just perfect for the baby but is also something that parents-to-be will appreciate.

Three Simple Methods to Find What You Need for Your Home Improvement Projects

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If you are all about home improvements and doing it yourself, you probably also are all about researching everything online before you decide to make your purchasing decisions.

If you are in the market to add some new tools to your home improvement arsenal you will inevitably want to get the most value for your money. There are a range of pricing levels out there for every type of tool or equipment that you may need to invest in this year. Finding the right tools at the right price levels doesn’t have to be a huge challenge. Check out our three simple methods to help you find the best options for your budget.

Comparison Shopping Online

This may sound like par for the course but comparison shopping is an excellent way to research and compare prices, availability and customer reviews about any type of product that you may be interested in purchasing. There are several sites that you can look at to find the best deal for what you need.

Most comparison sites offer things like price alerts, discounts when you sign up for their newsletters or when you join their e-mail lists, and more. Some comparison shopping sites also price match if you find the same product for sale elsewhere for a lower rate. There are of course, strings that come attached to price matching so make sure that you read the fine print before making your purchase.

Home Improvement Directories

Another great way to search for home improvement equipment and tools is by using home improvement directories online. If you’re living in the UK, for example, there are several directories online that focus specifically on the UK.

Let’s assume you are planning an exterior paint project and you need to invest in some quality scaffolding. You simply search for online home improvement directories,  access the site, search for construction tools, equipment, or whichever category you are interested in learning more about, and you will be presented with an extensive listing of options that serve your immediate area.

All of this from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Shop Your Local Market

Finally, you can shop your local home improvement stores and compare equipment in person. This is a great way for you to see what it is that you are interested in before making a purchase online or in-store.

Through your online research, you may have found the items that you are interested in purchasing but you may want to see what you are in for before you add those items to your cart and make a purchase. This is perfectly fine and recommended. While seeing the products in store may be the final step in your purchasing journey, you may see something else at your local home improvement store that may suit the project better and that you can take home with you immediately.

Whichever route you choose, ensure that you have put in a little time and effort so that you will be satisfied with your end results!

How to Get the Best Price for Your Used Car

How to Get the Best Price for Your Used Car

If you are shopping for a new car, chances are you have looked at your current vehicle and wondered how much you could get for it. Trading in a car is a popular way of getting rid of it, but you may come out with as much as 10% – 15% more money if you attempt to sell your car privately or use a private company.

Let’s look at how you can get the most cash for your used car.

Spruce Your Car Up Before Selling

Of course, buyers prefer cars that are clean and look good. Crumbs, dirt, and stains drop the value of your car and give the impression that you may not have looked after it. Even if you have an older car, there are a few things you can do to get it looking in top condition so that you can get as much cash for it as possible.

  1. Repairs and Services

Even if you think there is nothing wrong with the car, have it professionally inspected. At the same time, have the oil changed. If your car does need repairs, make sure you fix up as much as you can, especially if there is something that could have an impact on the quality of the vehicle. A few things to check include:

  • Make sure the keyless entry is working
  • Replace the battery if it is old
  • Check the battery in the key fob
  • Replace the brakes if they are bad
  • Remove dents
  • Replace the tires if they are really old

If you are on a tight budget, prioritize the repairs and services that you think will stand out the most to buyers and have those attended to.

  1. Have the Car Detailed

 If you are keen on cars for cash by sellmycar.com.au and getting the most bang for your buck, you may want to consider getting your car detailed. It may cost you around $200 but it could add a massive $500 to the resale value. Detailers will make your car look new by getting rid of paint imperfections and scratches, buffing the paintwork, degreasing the engine, shampooing carpets, and more.

By taking the time to consider the following points, you can spruce your car up to look as new as possible:

  • Reconsider modifications – If you have added modifications to the vehicle, you may want to reconsider them based on how well done they were and if they will help your car to sell for top dollar.
  • Replace floor mats – This is a quick and inexpensive trick. Simply replace worn out and dirty mats with fresh new ones.
  1. Get Your Records In Order

If you are able to show a potential buyer all your service and maintenance records, you will do a great deal to give them peace of mind. If you don’t have all the records at hand, try to write them down and get a report that shows your car has never been in an accident.

Finally, Set a Realistic Price

 You need to set a realistic price for your car. Make use of pricing sites to find out what your car is currently worth – be sure to put in an honest assessment and all the details to get an accurate estimate. Also look online at similar cars being sold and use them as good price comparison.

Get everything in order, and you are sure to get the best price possible for your used car.

Quality Event Rentals in Mexico

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Quality Event Rentals in Mexico

Whenever you are asked to organise an event it results in a combination of feelings. On the one hand, you are honoured to be trusted with such an important role – whatever type of event it may – but on the other is a sense of panic as you realise the enormity of the task you have been given! This is perfectly normal response, as there is much to be considered, especially if you are helping to organise a wedding or an important corporate event or conference. After all, where can you rent the furniture – tables, chairs and more – and who will you turn to for design? In fact, where do you start?

We invite you to take a look at Archive Mexico, the best event rentals Mexico company with a wealth of experience and many satisfied customers, and we are sure you will find them to be the people for the job. They operate from both Mexico and Los Angeles, and have expertise in many areas of event organisation, design and the rental of quality furnishings. As one of the partners is a highly skilled florist, you can rely on them to provide the most exquisite table top decorations anywhere.

Quality Furniture Rentals

Whether you are organising a conference, exhibition or a wedding you will need seats and tables. Archive has a wide variety of seats and tables – and other furniture – for rent, so whether your requirements are for decorative or simply practical and comfortable, they van help. We recommend you have a look at their farmhouse table rentals, as these make an excellent centrepiece for any event. You’ll find their services to be professional, efficient and affordable, and they are more than happy to talk to you about any unusual requirements you may have.

In fact, such is the expertise and knowledge provided by Archive, let alone their passion for organising events, you can even enlist them to help with everything from the design stage to the actual organisation and overseeing the event. The entire process can be handled by the experienced Archive team, and you will be impressed with their competitive prices.

Holiday Party Ideas

If you are looking for ideas for events or event design, or even holiday party ideas, Archive are the people to help. They have some excellent ideas on the comprehensive website, and you can also browse images of their work in the superb gallery. Whether you find inspiration in their past performance or have your own ideas the team at Archive are happy to hear what you have in mind, and will do all they can to ensure you get exactly what you want, down to the last detail.

Have a chat with one of the team now and see how you can make your event go smoothly and be the one that everyone remembers, and we are sure you will be impressed by the quality of service and value for money that you get when you work with Archive.

Quality Wholesale Goods at Apparel Candy

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Are you a fan of saving money on clothes and other goods? Of course you are, everyone is! What if we could show you a pace where you can save as much as 80% on clothes, sunglasses, accessories and other apparel, all quality items and at a simple, easy to use online shop? Well, you’ll be pleased to know, we’ve found exactly that place. It’s called Apparel Candy, and it is a quite brilliant online store offering a massive range of excellent quality goods at serious wholesale prices. Believe us when we say we think this is the best find yet!

So, what can you expect from Apparel Candy? Quite simply, the best selection of wholesale-price fashion goods anywhere, and at the very lowest possible prices. You can shop for everything from t-shirts to dresses, jeans and accessories, and some truly superb bargains can be found once you start browsing. We guarantee you will spend a long time searching through the excellent deals, and save a lot of money in the process. You’ll find the varied product lines to be very impressive, and you can buy pretty much everything for an outfit, including make-up and more.

Great Quality at Great Prices

This really is the place to go for the best deals on clothing and other apparel. Some of the best lines are in the superb collection of top-brand cosmetics, fragrances and many more accessories. You can buy everything here for a great night out, including a superb selection of wholesale reading glasses and sunglasses at stunning prices. With a range of classic designs, including the ever-popular Aviator style, plus polarised sunglasses of many different styles, you will be sure to find something you like when you search the comprehensive collection at Apparel Candy.

Whether you want to invest in a whole new wardrobe or simply want to spend some free time shopping, Apparel Candy is the perfect place to settle back and browse. If you are local, you can even stop in at their showroom in LA, and there is a 15% discount for first time shoppers on all orders. With prices already at rock-bottom, it doesn’t get much better than that! Check out the website now for more information on their ever-changing range, which now includes handbags, purses and some beautiful costume jewelry.

Settle Back and Start Shopping

So, find some free time, sit back and start browsing through the superb bargains at Apparel Candy, and we guarantee you will find plenty to like. The online shopping portal is easy to use, safe and secure and with many forms of payment, and you will make tremendous savings over high street prices. It really is a no-brainer: get top quality products from an ever-changing range at serious money-saving wholesale prices, what are you waiting for? If you need help, Apparel Candy even has a team of expert advisers, waiting to help you find the clothing, apparel and accessories that are simply too good to miss!

Eight Best Food Substitutions to Eat Healthier

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It’s actually much easier than you might imagine to add more healthy foods into your diet. There are lots of things that you probably eat and drink on a regular basis than can be easily substituted for brilliant alternatives with far less fat, sugar and calories.

Here are eight foods that you can easily replace, provided by fitness expert Lloyd Wells – working together with kitchen specialists Halcyon Interiors.

  1. Substitute peanut butter with almond butter

Peanut butter is one of life’s great pleasures and trying to give it up in the name of healthy eating is a step too far for money people. The sad truth is that the peanuts aren’t actually the problem. Sure, peanut butter contains quite a lot of fat (16g for two tablespoons) but it’s actually a very good source of omega-6 fatty acids which are important in maintaining strong bones as well as improving metabolism. But peanut butter is mass produced product and you will struggle to find a brand that doesn’t add large quantities of sugar and salt as well as unhealthy oils.

This is why almond butter can be a great way to get the delicious flavour of peanut butter without the added rubbish. Almond butter also has plenty of omega-6 fatty acids but it also has higher level of additional nutrients as well better levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Because of almond butter’s reputation for being a healthier nut, you can easily find brands without anything added which will be much better for you. Always check the ingredients to be sure, of course, and ideally opt for a jar with just the single ingredient: almonds.

  1. Substitute potato with sweet potato

Did you know that potatoes don’t even count as one of your five-a-day? With barely any nutrients, vitamins or minerals, potato is simply a starchy source of carbohydrates, so it’s not adding anything healthy to your body. On the other hand, sweet potatoes are nutrient dense, and while they contain slightly more sugar than potatoes they are also lower in calories and carbohydrates and higher in fibre.

Equally, potatoes are relatively flavourless which often means you’ll be tempted to add other unhealthy ingredients to improve them (think about the butter in your mash potato and the oil and salt on your chips). Sweet potato tastes great on its own and can be improved with spices which are much better for you than salt.

Sweet potato can be swapped for potato in almost any meal you can think of. Perfect as mash, wedges, fries or to put in dishes like curries, it’s really easy to add sweet potato to your diet.

  1. Substitute sugary drinks with coconut water

Drink a standard 330ml can of Coca Cola and you’ll be treating your body to 35g of sugar. That’s the equivalent to eating a bit more than two tablespoons of sugar. You could switch to diet or low sugar alternatives but the problem with these is that they are full of chemical sweeteners which might well be worse for you in the long term.

So if you’re looking for a delicious alternative – how about coconut water? A can of coconut water still has around 9g of sugar, but those are naturally occurring. Even better, coconut water is full of nutrients like potassium and magnesium which is great for your body. Of course, almost any drink is better for you than a sugary fizzy drink but coconut water adds minerals to your diet.

  1. Substitute sour cream with Greek yoghurt

You’d be surprised how often you can switch sour cream with Greek yoghurt without any noticeable difference to the flavour. This is great news because yoghurt has much less fat and far fewer calories than sour cream. Yoghurt also features more protein than sour cream, so you’ll actually get more out of eating it.

You can make the substitute whether you’re adding using it within recipes, adding it to your fajitas or creating sauces. Try it out and you’ll be very pleased with the results.

  1. Substitute croutons with nuts

When many people want to change their diet, one of the things that they will inevitably try is to incorporate more salads. Salads are a great way to increase your vegetable intake, which is always going to be great for you, however, where people tend to fall down is they will add loads of croutons and salad dressing, both of which are high in fat and don’t offer much in the way of nutrients – they are just empty calories.

So how do you ensure that your salad stays healthy? You can swap out the dressing for a vinaigrette and it will still taste fantastic. For the groups you can simply add a few nuts instead. They’ll give you the same crunch that you’re looking for, with the added bonus of having more protein and plenty more vitamins and minerals than croutons.

  1. Substitute spaghetti for courgetti

Vegetable substitutions for pasta and noodles are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of high-carb white pasta like spaghetti you can use ‘courgetti’. All you need is a spiralizer and it’s easy to turn veggies like courgettes into a brilliant substitute for traditional pasta. Not only are you getting rid of the nutrient-free calories of white pasta, you’re gaining all the benefits of courgette.

If you’re not a big fan of courgettes you could also use aubergine, carrots or squash as a brilliant pasta alternative. Try them out with different meals and sauces to see which combination works best for you.

  1. Substitute rice with cauliflower rice

Much like the vegetable alternatives to pasta, you can also find healthier veggie substitutes for rice. Cauliflower rice is one of the most popular. Rice, while filling and starchy, doesn’t really contain any valuable nutrients and is also high in calories. Cauliflower rice, which is actually quicker to cook, is far lower in calories and contains the goodness of the cauliflower.

A word of warning: for best results with cauliflower rice you’ll need to fry it rather than boil it. For this it’s best to use a healthier oil like coconut oil and to use it sparingly, otherwise the benefits will be outweighed by the negative aspects.

  1. Substitute cereals with oats

Most mass produced cereals have an extremely high sugar content – even apparently healthy options like cornflakes and bran flakes surprisingly still have sugar added. Try having oats instead either as a homemade muesli or heat them up for a delicious porridge. Again, you’ll have to resist the temptation to add a big spoonful of sugar though – try naturally occurring sweetness like dried fruit or jam instead.