With fad diets and gadgets ultimately a thing of the past, we re-evaluated what healthy eating means to us. And rather than wait for the New Year’s resolution that we know won’t hold up, we’re all focused on habits to be better on your plate.
So to help us do just that, we’ve teamed up with People’s Choice winner The Circle Awards. The swag– an ingenious bag scientifically proven to keep produce fresh for over two weeks – to do the hard work for you in five easy cooking swaps.
But remember, it’s all about balance: life is too short to eliminate Tim Tam completely.
Swap noodles for zoodles
At first we were skeptical about this exchange, but it is perhaps one of the easiest to make that doesn’t compromise on flavor. Simply run your zucchini through a spiralizer, boil for up to a minute, and swap it out with your favorite dish – we’re talking spag bowl, stir-fries, and even ramen. To keep your zucchini fresh and nutritious for more than two weeks, be sure to pick up The swag, a practical bag that traps goodness longer. Reduce waste with less trips to stores? Yes please.
Go crazy for quinoa
Dubbed one of the most nutritious foods on the planet by Health Line, quinoa is packed with fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids – basically anything you could ask for in a grain. Spice things up in more than one way with your next homemade curry and swap the rice for quinoa, you’ll barely notice the difference. The trick to making it chewy is to use twice as much water as quinoa in your pot and cook uncovered until all the water is absorbed. Once absorbed, remove from heat and cover to let the quinoa steam for five minutes, it’s that easy.
Slice the sourdough
If, like us, you’re in love with bread in its many forms and forms, perhaps the easiest trade you can make is to turn your regular bread into organic sourdough from your local bakery. Made from a starter, a fermented mixture of flour and natural yeasts help the bread rise, which reduces bloating, thanks to the process of breaking down gluten. If you’ve spent periods of confinement honing your baking skills, keep your hard work safe from toxic plastic storage bags and containers, and go with the new one instead. Bread booty bag, now with an additional international drawstring to reduce airflow and prevent sweating.
Skip the vegetarian chips
Don’t be surprised if these end up becoming your new favorite snack for a night out while watching Netflix. Forget your typical bag of crisps and add beets, yams, parsnips and carrots to your basket at your next store. The trick is to slice any veg you want as thinly as possible, we recommend using a mandolin slicer if you have one handy. Then soak in ice water for twenty minutes – to release the starch, so that they become crisp – drain them and try by patting. Froth some olive oil and add the flavor of your choice – we go for peri peri salt – and put in the oven at around 150 degrees for 30 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
Bypass frozen grapes
No summer platter is complete without a bunch of grapes – and with the season quickly approaching, why not buy a few more to put in the freezer. So much more than the viral Trendy TikTok, the humble frozen grape is not to be overlooked when looking for an alternative to a sweet treat. Pro tip: If you like to keep your wine cool, add a frozen grape instead of an ice cube to keep your drink from getting watered down.
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