We are back with our weekly updates from our in house agony aunt ‘Aunty Fabulous’ and hear some of the questions she has been asked, it was a great to hear how, ‘Aunty Fabulous’ tackled these obstacles.
QUESTION: We tend to find a lot of our readers are always rushing around either at work or looking after their children. It is that sugar rush they are craving for energy having only had a few hours sleep, they usually reach for the chocolate, cake, biscuits crisps and comfort types of food despite the healthy options around. What would you recommend to our readers to stop picking up these naughty treats?
Aunty Fabulous Says:
Craving for sugar and comfort food is very common especially when you have had lack of sleep or are rushing around having no time to stop!
The key is to find the time to give yourself healthy options that will last longer and avoid your blood sugar levels dipping.
AUNTY FABULOUS TIP:
It is important to want to make healthy changes to your daily snacking habits. This will help you have more energy and feel healthier.
If you want to lose weight this will also enable you to take those first steps towards successful weight loss outcomes.
It’s so easy to reach for a chocolate bar, biscuits or a bag of crisps! Planning and preparing your daily snacks are key!
Having a healthy breakfast to set you up for the day can help release energy slowly rather than give you a ‘quick fix’ that isn’t sustainable
AUNTY FABULOUS FAVOURITE BREAKFAST – ESPECIALLY ON COLD WINTER DAYS:
· Half a cup of Nairns Gluten Free Scottish Porridge Oats
· Add just over half a cup of water or skimmed/semi skimmed milk – you can also have rice or almond milk
· A good handful of blueberries
· Half a mashed banana. Keep the other half for later in the day or mid-morning
· A teaspoonful of honey drizzled over the warm porridge
· A sprinkle of cinnamon
There are many other alternatives such as muesli, cereal, boiled eggs, poached eggs and perhaps a banana, mixed berries and yoghurt.
Whatever you choose make sure it sets you up for the day.
AUNTY FABULOUS SNACKS PLAN:
Remember: Planning your snacks throughout the day can keep your sugar levels steady.
Soups are a great filler. I suggest making a large vegetable soup at the beginning of each week so you have it ready to dip into and it’s great for all the family. Chicken soup on weekends is always welcome too!
If you are working and don’t have time to get out much during the day or are on the run with your children I would suggest filling a flask with soup every day so you have it on hand and preparing a salad with chicken, tuna, pasta, lentals or something of your choice.
Low fat healthy options can also include pita bread with chicken, cucumber and tomatoes which take a couple of minutes to prepare.
There are lots of options.
AUNTY FABULOUS CRUDITE DIP SAVIOURS!
Prepare celery sticks, carrots, slices of cucumber. Carry them in your bag or keep in your fridge at home or at work. Dips such as houmous and tsatsiki are great fillers to have with them too.
Avocados , rice cakes, bananas, berries and a handful of nuts such as almonds or walnuts are all nutritious and can take away the urge away for any sugary or crisp-like indulgencies!
Cut up an apple if you are on the run too. It can give you the boost you may need to get you from one place to the other!
AUNTY FABULOUS TIP:
Drink plenty of water.
Every time you want something sweet have a glass of
water It can take away that desperate urge.
Always keep a bottle of water with you. Make sure you drink regularly to keep hydrated. 1 1/2 litre a day is recommended.
Herbal tea or hot water and lemon with a small teaspoon of honey also helps!
Plan your week and enjoy your healthy snacks!
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