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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
How many baby outfits does one newborn baby need? How many teddies and cot toys can one family take? If someone close to you has just had a baby and you’re thinking of a suitable present, what about giving them something a little more thoughtful than yet another cosy baby blanket?
Having a child is a momentous occasion that should be honoured in the appropriate fashion. If you’re thinking of a baby gift that has meaning and longevity rather than simply panders to fickle consumerism, here are 5 ideas you might like to consider.
- Magazine Subscription
Having a new baby is no walk in the park, especially if it’s the first one in the family. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with an instruction manual, leaving the parents to work it all out for themselves. This is where information is invaluable. Of course, you can find the answer to every conceivable question on the internet – but isn’t it much nicer to flick through the pages of a printed magazine over a cup of tea while the little one is asleep?
There’s a wealth of choice when it comes to baby and parenting magazine titles, so you’re bound to find one that fits with the new parents’ lifestyle and general outlook. An annual subscription makes it easy. No searching at the newsagents for the latest issue – just wait for it to plop through the letterbox. It might just be the highlight of their month.
- Family Photography
For a lasting newborn present that will be appreciated for years to come, a professional family photography shoot is hard to beat. Choose an experienced portrait photographer who specialises in families and children (and pets too!) and make a booking or ask for a gift voucher.
From newborn to baby’s first year, and all the developmental milestones in between, having a professional photographic record of the changing family is a beautiful reminder that can be looked at again and again.
Whether photographs are framed or canvas printed and displayed on the wall, sent to far flung members of the family, or lovingly kept in an album that comes out at special occasions, why not make it regular event – say every year – to add to the family chronicle?
Your new baby photography present could be the start of something beautiful and very long lasting indeed – and it’s all because of you!
- Children’s Investments
For those who want their baby gift to be of long-term use, and not just a passing frippery, there’s always money. Of course, you could simply hand over an envelope of hard cash to the new parents – but if that seems a bit too cold, there’s a wide range of savings instruments specially designed for children that you could investigate.
From National Savings Children’s Bonds and Premium Bonds, to Junior ISAs and a range of other children’s savings vehicles, there’s bound to be one that fits the bill, both for you as the donor as well as the long-term savings goals for the little one.
If you’re going to set up an account on behalf of the child, it’s advisable to do this with the parents’ full knowledge and cooperation, as some savings vehicles have limitations and restrictions, both in terms of who can act on behalf of the baby as well as the amounts that can be deposited.
- Astrology Chart
For something completely different – and do check with the parents first to see how they are inclined – how about a reading of the new baby’s astrological birth chart? It’s a powerful document that can be referred to time and again for guidance and advice through the years.
Many people believe that the constellation of the stars and alignments of the planets at the time of one’s birth offers invaluable insights into a person’s nature, needs and strengths – and can even provide clues as to future developments in the person’s life.
While some scientists concede that the movement of the sun, moon and planets have an influence on us by interfering with the Earth’s magnetic field, astrology has failed to stand up to scientific scrutiny. From a mainstream scientific viewpoint, therefore, horoscopes are a load of nonsense.
However, if you are more spiritually inclined, you may not be so quick to dismiss the ancient wisdom going back thousands of years. Perhaps a natal chart could provide answers that science cannot, offering a unique tool to guide the baby through all stages of life?
- Charity Donations
You might like to look beyond the immediate needs of the new family, particularly is they’ve been showered with presents from all sides and really don’t need anything else. If you wish to mark the birth of a baby in a more socially conscious way, how about making a statement on their behalf?
Both the National Trust and English Heritage offer lifetime memberships that support their valuable work to preserve our heritage, while WWF and the Born Free Foundation will let you adopt an animal.
There are many causes in the world that would welcome extra support. Whether you sponsor a Third World child through Plan International or make a donation to protect the rainforest, your donation could make a real difference to the world we live in.
Cleaning your home or business premises is an essential if daunting task. In an age where we lead busy lives, it’s often difficult to find the time to do the job properly, especially if you are running a business as well as a home. Furthermore, cleaning up after renovations, building work or even a party can be tiresome, so why not consider getting the professionals to do the job for you? This way, you get guaranteed results from highly skilled operatives who will leave nothing untouched and ensure that your home is perfect for you. So, who do you trust to get the best results? There are many cleaning services in and around the Calgary region, but there is one name that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This is Calgary Cleaning Services, and they offer the very best service in cleaning and housekeeping in the business. A family owned and run company with many years of experience in providing a full range of cleaning solutions, they have a team of cleaners who are highly skilled and fully trained, and who will provide a courteous and friendly service every time.
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Whether you need a maid service, a one-off clean or want to arrange a contract for commercial cleaning solutions, Calgary Cleaning Services can help, and they are rated very highly by their many regular customers. Indeed, with more than 2000 homes cleaned, and a team who are fully insured, trained and skilled, you can rest assured that they are the people to do the job you need every time. You will find they use the latest equipment, as well as environmentally friendly techniques, and that they will do all they can to help with whatever you require. If you plan your cleaning in advance you may find that it is easier to handle, especially if you are using a professional service. Your cleaners will be on site at the required time, every time, whether you are cleaning your home or office, and will perform their tasks as unobtrusively, quickly and thoroughly as possible. You can find many excellent tools to help with planning your cleaning schedule online, and they really do help a great deal.
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With a range that covers all the bases, Plumbtile is the name to remember, and you will find they supply quality items at the best prices. They have everything from kitchen sinks to bathroom suites, plus a fantastic range of fixtures and fittings such as faucets and other accessories. With a wealth of experience in the field, Plumbtile can supply you with everything you need for a beautiful and effective kitchen or bathroom that will be the envy of your friends, and we believe you will be pleasantly surprised by their excellent prices.
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When it comes to bathroom fittings there is plenty of choice, and the trend these days is to go modern. Sleek and stylish wall mounted bath faucets are a great choice; beautiful, clean and functional, they make for an excellent finishing touch to any bathroom design. Plumbtile has a great selection for bathrooms, kitchens ad lavatories, and you can find them all on the easy to use website, where there is plenty of excellent advice on, for example, how to fit such as a kitchen backsplash or other tiles.
If you want to go truly modern, what about the range of electronic bathroom faucets? These very clever advanced designs operate without the need to touch, and are a great addition to any bathroom design. Plumbtile stocks a wide range of very attractive designs from the highly-regarded Kohler brand, and all at very impressive prices. We recommend you have a closer look at these before making your decision, as they really are very neat touch for a modern bathroom installation.
The Plumbtile website offers a wealth of advice on the best fixtures and fittings for modern bathrooms and kitchens, and you can also take advantage of a handy online chat function. Talk to one of the expert team and they will be more than happy to help you choose your ideal items, or to point you in the direction of the best value items. We recommend you check out the clearance center, too, as it includes frequent bargains that are difficult to beat.
Plumbtile supplies top quality brands at prices you can afford, and with many satisfied customers already, is on hand to help you get the bathroom or kitchen you deserve. Get in touch now, and talk to one of the experts for the best help and advice.
Christmas is just around the corner, and so are the Christmas holidays. If you’re looking for a fun crafts idea to entertain the kids during a snowy Sunday afternoon prior to the big day, why not let help them make their own festive wreaths using just some old paper shopping bags, some glue, a wreath form, and a couple of decorations?
You can pick up a wreath form easily enough at your local arts and crafts shop, along with all the decorative bits and bobs that appeal to you and your young ones; straw wreath forms tend to be the cheapest, but metal ones are a bit sturdier. As for the bags, you want them plain, and preferably as crinkled up as possible. This is a great project to get rid of those bags that are becoming a little too worn for general use.
Once you have your materials, tear the paper bags into strips around 15cm in width, then start folding and crinkling them up. This will give your wreath some texture and a bit of extra volume. Your kids will love this bit.
When you have a bunch of folded up strips, you can all start wrapping them around a wreath form, binding tightly as you go. Glue down each fold at the back; if you can’t find glue strong enough, a small length of masking or duct tape will do. Next, push in a couple of screws and then wrap some string around them so the wreath can be hung up.
You should now have a blank brown paper wreath, so it’s time to start decorating. Brown paper bags will take paint well, so you can always break out the green, red, and gold, or something a little more interesting, to let your kid decorate their wreath as they see fit. You can also add stick-on ornaments, or use general wreath ornaments, such as fake holly, which can be attached via a pin.
Voilà, you now have a bunch of new holiday wreaths, courtesy of your kids. Try fixing them on each child’s door to give them their own dash of festive style. You can even keep them for next year, or as a great reminder of a time when Santa was still a firm reality in your children’s eyes.
With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, the last thing that you have time for is getting sick. Here are a few tips on avoiding getting sick this season.
Beware the Flu: If you haven’t gotten the flu shot yet, you should at least know how prevalent the flu is in your area. Your weather app can let you know when the flu hits in your area and can even give you an estimate of the disease prevalence near you.
Avoid Getting Caught Off Guard: Whether it is getting caught in the rain without an umbrella, or in the cold without a jacket, being unprepared for the weather can increase your chances of getting sick. A quick look at your weather radar can help you avoid unwanted surprises and ensure that you stay warm and dry. Of course, you also want to have the most accurate weather app possible, so peruse reviews carefully before you download.
Eat Your Vitamins: A hectic schedule can mean less healthy meals. However, taking time to get your servings of fruit and vegetables can not only help you avoid getting sick, but can also boost your energy during the holiday rush. Though nothing beats getting your nutrients from fresh fruit and vegetables, if you find yourself in a pinch, you can find a good multivitamin.
Get Your Sleep: A storm warning on your weather radar is the perfect time for a catnap, but you should also commit to getting a good amount of sleep every day. Studies have shown that lack of sleep will weaken your immune system, so make sleep a priority before you get sick.
Getting sick is no joke. Even if your life seems to be busier and busier, it’s important to remember that taking care of your health is always worth the effort.
Moving house is an exciting time, but it’s also one that comes with plenty of stress. In fact, many reckon it to be the single most stressful experience of all, so anything you can do to make it less so is welcome. That means finding a removals company who will guarantee a professional, efficient service, and who will do their best to make sure you get a stress-free service too. Taking the stress out of both home and office moves is one of the commitments you find with Attention to Detail Moving, the leading Los Angeles and Beverly Hills moving company. With many years of experience in long and short distance moves, and an expert team ready to help in all areas, you are in safe hands.
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Have a look at the excellent website for Attention to Detail Moving now and you will see that their rates for moving and storage are very competitive and you can also learn more about their policy and values. This is the best moving company in the Los Angeles area, and they handle both short and long distance moves, as well as commercial removals. Get in touch mow, and enjoy the stress-free service offered by Attention to Detail.
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It’s a great way for all those idle moms that want to meet their petty expenses by doing things they love from home. Here are some ideas to boost your bank balance and start racking up £s with these money making ideas.
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One of the best things about the cotton, jute, and canvas bags that we sell is the fact that they can last for ages before ever wearing out. However, nothing last forever, and there will come a time when your bag is no longer fit for purpose. Cotton, jute, and canvas are all recyclable, but you can also repurpose bags made from these materials by yourself. For example, you can use a couple to create a unique, eco-friendly hanger for a plant.
Start by taking your cotton, jute, or canvas bag and then ripping it into thick strips that are around 6 feet in length. You can then start to twist them until they form into thinner, rope-like lengths. Use other smaller pieces to tie up your rope at regular intervals in order to stop it becoming untangled. Continue until you have 6 of these.
When you’ve done this, lie all of those cords together so they meet at the middle, then use some more small strips to tie the middles together. You should be left with twelve 3-foot long ends extending from the centre.
Next, divide those lengths into four groups of three, then braid them together. Take your plant pot and place it on top, then divide the strands and knot between the braids. You can continue doing this until you’ve created a mesh around the pot that holds it securely.
Finally, use another bag to create four separate cotton, jute, or canvas ropes. These will be used to attach the net holding your plant pot to the hanger, so the length you choose will depend on how high or low you want your plant to be hung. Tie these across from each other along the netting, then tie them all together at the top, taking care to keep each rope to an equal length to avoid having the finished product looking lopsided.