BBC Good Food's Healthy Diet Plans: 6 tips to make the most of the plans
Maximise the results of your healthy eating plan with our top tips, from how to boost vitamin D to nutritious snack ideas.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, cut back on sugar or glow with health, we're here to help with our free Healthy Diet Plan. When creating our meal plans, we minimise processed foods and pack our recipes with healthy fats, lean protein and slow-release carbs, as well as a mix of vegetarian and vegan recipes throughout the week. As a result, you can expect to cut down on added sugar, lose excess pounds and increase your energy, all while improving your digestion and supporting your immune system, too.
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Ready to take it to the next level? Try these six simple ways to supercharge your daily diet:
1. Go green
Swap one of your regular cuppas for green tea. Loaded with protective polyphenols, it is said to have a positive effect on your brain and body.
Keen to incorporate more green tea into your diet? Find out more about the health benefits in our helpful guide.
2. Boost good gut bacteria
Add a 75g portion of fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut to your daily diet, as they supply gut-friendly bacteria – vital for healthy digestion and supporting your immune system. Not a fan? Try including whole bio yogurt daily and swap your standard loaf for sourdough instead.
3. Add vitamin D
If you don't always have the chance to get out in the sunshine, boost your intake of vitamin-D-rich foods like oily fish, full-fat dairy and eggs. We need vitamin D for strong bones and teeth, but also to build our resistance against certain diseases, including heart disease, some cancers and even flu.
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4. Spice it up
Add flavoursome herbs and spices like chilli, ginger and garlic to your meals. They aid blood flow and are thermogenic, which means they boost your metabolism.
5. Snack smarter
Snacks can form part of a healthy, balanced eating plan, but choose whole foods like fruits, vegetables or even a thumb-sized piece of cheese. If you opt for unsalted nuts, pistachios are a great choice as they’re lower in fat and calories than most other nuts.
6. Sit down and savour
Eat mindfully when you have time to sit and savour, not while you're walking or standing at the fridge. Make food a celebration and give it the time and attention it deserves – you'll enjoy it a lot more, too!
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This article was updated on 9 May 2022.
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