Why is it that some people can eat all around them while others seem to struggle on an endless diet? The answer could be in their shopping baskets, where you’ll rarely see processed or high sugar-foods, white carbs or fizzy drinks.
Naturally slim people choose fresh, whole, clean foods that keep them fuller for longer.
1 Tinned chickpeas: Chickpeas are a fantastic source of protein and are also easy to cook. They are great for curries and salads. They are also healthy, cheap and, most importantly, filling.
2 Quorn: This is a vegetarian meat substitute that is one of my favourite foods. It is high in protein, low in fat and requires no additional cooking processes. You can find it in the freezer section of your supermarket.
3 Brown Pasta: Full of fibre and minerals, brown pasta is seriously good for you. It can be prepared in the same way as white pasta. Tastes better and is full of slow-release carbs.
4 Oats: Porridge is a superfood. It’s cheap, nutritious, full of slow-release carbs and will keep you fuller for longer. It aids digestion too. Steep organic jumbo oats in slimline milk overnight for the best results.
5 Avocado: Full of the best fats and super for your skin, hair and nails. You can make guacamole, dice it into a salad or even add it to green juices. Incredibly versatile.
6 Natural yoghurt: I’m a big fan. It’s a great snack option (add blueberries, seeds and manuka honey) and is full of enzymes and bacteria for your gut. Brands such as Glenilen and Glenisk are among the best on the market.
7 Large bottles of water: Water is key for energy, body function and pretty much everything we do. Forget about glasses and make it easy on yourself by buying 2 litre bottles of water and aim to have one bottle finished by the end of the day. Simple and effective.
8 Eggs: Eggs are one of the few sources of complete proteins. Boiled, poached or scrambled, they are an easy and cheap way of getting your two daily servings of protein. If you are scrambling, don’t add salt or butter. Just keep it clean.
9 Herbal teas: As an alternative to tea and coffee, herbal teas are great for digestion and can help fat-burning too. Green tea is especially good.
10 Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a new health trend in Ireland, and with good reason. There is evidence that it increases energy expenditure, helping you to burn more fat, in particular abdominal fat. Use it instead of olive oil or vegetable oil and see the difference. Former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr uses it everywhere. Really, everywhere! “You can use it in your hair, you can use it as a make-up remover, you can cook with it, you can use it in the bedroom,” she recently, and rather cheekily, remarked.
11 Chillies: Spices and chillies are great for your tastebuds, metabolism and for burning fat too. Spice up your food and help your body to burn its fat stores faster.
12 Turkey: Turkey is the leanest protein you can find. Plump for turkey rather than chicken or ham in your sandwiches and rolls.
13 Frozen Yoghurt: A healthy alternative to ice cream. What’s more, it’s actually good for you. Froberry is an Irish brand you will find in the freezer section of your supermarket.
14 Brown Rice: By cooking/ordering brown rice you can get still get your takeaway at the weekend by eschewing white rice for an alternative that is full of fibre and goodness. Some brands cook as fast as white rice, so there’s no excuse.
15 Green Vegetables: Green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and kale are essentials. They are full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. You can eat them raw, boil, steam or even juice.
16 Lemons: Boiling water with lemon in the morning in the best way to start your day. It’s incredible for your skin and digestion. Trust me on this one.
17 Seeds: Whether it’s chia or flax, sunflower or sesame, seeds are great for the body and great for digestion. Add them into your natural yoghurt or porridge to enhance the goodness of your meals.
18 Bars: When you feel like a chocolate bar, reach for these instead. Full of seeds, nuts, dark chocolate and bound with honey, they are delicious and healthy too.
19 Wholemeal pittas: Brown carbohydrates are the best there are for you. Wholemeal pittas and wraps are a great way to make snacks healthy. They are high in fibre and full of slow-release carbohydrates, meaning you stay fuller for longer.
20 Sweet potatoes: You can boil them, roast them, chip them and mash them. They are full of nutrients (a small one has 284 pc of your RDA of the antioxidant beta-carotene) and slow release carbs too.