5 ways to make your food healthier

5 ways to be healthier water

It’s fair to say that I indulged a little bit in December. Scratch that, I indulged a lot. So when AO Life asked me to write a post on 5 ways to make your food healthier, I couldn’t say no. After all, I was in urgent need of a refined sugar/processed food detox. If you’re also in need of a bit of a diet shake up or are looking for some ideas on how to make your food that little bit healthier, pop on over to AO Life to see my tips.

What would your advice be on making food healthier?


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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Fantastic tips, Chiara! I really enjoyed reading your article. I hadn’t throught of using coconut oil much in my cooking – I must admit I use it mainly for polishing my wooden cutting boards! I’ll try to use it more in my cooking from now on though :) xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Miranda. Coconut oil works really well in cooking. I don’t really use it in tomato based things as it can leave a slight hint of coconut, but for a lot of things, I feel it can actually enhance the flavour. If you try it let me know what you think x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    These are all great tips! I really agree with the water thing – I’ve been drinking so much more of it lately and I’m actually amazed at the difference it’s made in how my skin feels and how I feel.

    I think my biggest tip for eating well is to make sure that your meal is varied. You want a carb, protein, and vegetable and you should always make sure you’ve got those when on your plate!

    xx Kathryn

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I agree, the more water I drink the better I feel for sure! That’s a really good tip for eating, Kathryn. I’m really guilty of not doing that, especially at lunch time where I tend to opt for a veggie soup. I should make more of an effort to change that x

  • kathrynsharman

    Ooh off to have a look now, I really need to get into kale more!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I eat so much kale Kathryn, I love it! I’m sure my husband would probably say different, as we have it with pretty much every meal ;-)

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    Snacking is where I always go wrong :/ I definitely need to get snack wise. Great tips! I’d never considered cooking with coconut oil before! Olive oil is definitely my go-to :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Olive oil used to be my go to too Gianni. I still use it, but now I use coconut oil too. It’s nice to have the two different options depending on what you’re making :-)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    I tend to change 1 habit a week. eg wk1 of Jan was no alcohol, week 2 was no coffee, week 3 will be to eat 1 cup of fresh fruit (eventually to be brought up to 2 cups), I figure babysteps and if 1 habit needs a bit longer to be fully established then so be it. It takes a while, but it really gets established and are habits that stick around!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      This is a great approach Holly. I’ve never thought of doing it in this way. I’m trying to reduce the amount of coffee that I drink, so I’ll give your way a try and see if I can abstain :-)

      • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

        Well, I am still drinking tea, but tea has much less caffeine than coffee, so I don’t crave it, it keeps headaches at bay just to drink one in the morning and I am sure it will be easier to stop completely than had I just cut out all caffeine! My task this week is to eat two cups of fruit a day :/ I am not a fruit fan, so could be tough!

        • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

          I hope it goes well with the fruit Holly. I know what you mean about fruit, I’m much more of a vegetable girl myself :-)

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Thanks Melanie! It’s been good getting back into healthy eating. It’s nice to indulge sometimes, but I’m definitely a lover of greens at heart x

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ Em

    Last year we gave up carbs/caffeine/sugar/dairy/taste/alcohol and it was tough – but I lost a lot of weight (that I put right back on as soon as I started eating badly again) so this year I am trying to cut some bits out – start by eating less cheese, and bread, and drinking a little bit less too! Fingers crossed it’ll start to make me feel a bit less sluggish!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Cheese is a huge weakness of mine – I absolutely love it! I’ve stopped having it in the house as I just can’t say no to it. That’s the only way I can stop myself from eating it x