Summer is a time ripe with festivities, which doesn’t come without its challenges. We are faced with guests to entertain in the silly season, and come January, we want to knuckle down and cultivate healthier lifestyles. A central force here is food, and with so much to consider it can all be overwhelming.
Thankfully, we have Lisa Holmen, nutritious recipe guru and founder of food and travel blog, Lisa Eats World. For our new Summer Series, Lisa joins Carlisle homes to deliver nutritious recipes and expert advice so you can hit the ground running with a delicious summer.
This week, we explore how to successfully tick off one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions: a nutritious reset.
This New Year, Lisa suggests making long-term, sustainable resolutions you can stick with, such as a balanced whole food diet. Photography: Her Golden Point Photography.
After all the indulgence over the festive season, it’s time to tighten those waist strings and eat healthily for the New Year. This doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on flavour however. Whether it’s a delicious breakfast, a home cooked dinner or a snack on the go you can still eat delicious foods with nutrition in mind.
Set realistic goals you’ll actually stick to
Avoid making New Year resolutions which are impossible to stick to. When it comes to healthy changes, think of them being sustainable and long term rather than short term fad diets. Adapt a balanced whole food diet which is centred on nutrient dense foods like lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and wholegrains and limit refined processed foods. Each meal should have a good balance of fibre and protein to keep you fuller for longer and avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes throughout the day. A good place to start is to swap refined grains with whole grains. This is as simple as opting for wholegrain bread, rice and pasta rather than the white variety or experiment with other wholegrains including quinoa and farro.
Eat with sustainability in mind and try going plant based! Consume at least five serves of vegetables every day with as many different colours as possible to get a range of different nutrients and antioxidants in the diet. Half of your dinner plate should be filled with vegetables or salad. If you’re used to every meal having a protein, try adopting at least one plant-based dinner once a week like Meat Free Monday. Get creative with your usual dishes with plant-based alternatives. Lentils for example are great substitutions for mince in dishes like spaghetti bolognese and lasagne. Introduce legumes into your diet like chickpeas, lentils and beans which are packed full of plant-based protein and gut-friendly fibre.
Try cooking more meals in the comfort of your own home, rather than dining out or getting tempted by takeaway. This way you are more likely to consume less saturated fat and sodium. Make meal planning and meal prep part of your weekly routine. Planning a menu of meals in advance is much more likely to result in healthier meals and save you money and reduce food waste.
Kick start your metabolism
Try not to skip meals and eat before hunger strikes to avoid overeating later. Protein rich snacks are perfect for this. Think low sugar yoghurt, nuts, home-made muesli bars and seeds. Try to keep your pantry and fridge ‘junk free’ so you don’t fall into the temptation of snacking on something unhealthy. Stock your fridge and pantry with plenty of healthy snacks and wholefoods. Eating a healthy breakfast is essential too since it provides important energy for the day and kick start’s your metabolism. Check out our Healthy Breakfast guide here (link to other article).
Read on for Lisa’s curated selection of nutritious and delicious recipes to kick start your new year!
Creating healthier meals to eat every day is much easier when you plan and prepare food as part of your weekly routine.
Chickpea and Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl
Entertaining this summer provides the perfect opportunity to serve delicious, healthy food your guests will thank you for.
Persian Stuffed Eggplants
These eggplants are beautifully balanced with savoury and sweet notes. The addition of pomegranate molasses provides a subtle natural sweetener to the dish and the pomegranate seeds provide a lovely burst of freshness on the palate. Substitute lamb with lentils to make a vegetarian version.
Pair a big meal with an elegant table setting to create an experience for yourself and those around you.
Sweet Potato, Peanut and Coconut Curry