Health

Thursday 28 August 2014

Karl Henry: One big switch to live much healthier

Karl Henry

I wrote last week about switching white carbohydrates for brown. By doing this, you will have more energy, improve your digestion, feel better, work better, train better and live healthier too.

It's one of the simplest yet most beneficial swaps you can make, but then it's always the small things that make the lasting difference.

Try brown pasta instead of white. Brown is now available in most supermarkets, and I predict it will become more popular in restaurants.

Granted, it won't make that carbonara any healthier, but it is full of fibre and goodness and it will turn your pasta dishes into super foods.

Here are some more healthy swaps

Milk chocolate for dark chocolate

There is more and more research to prove the benefits of dark chocolate, from antioxidants to good fats. It is stronger in cocoa and will normally satisfy the craving for chocolate within one or two squares, as opposed to the whole bar of milk chocolate you would have devoured.

Regular for organic

Yes, organic is more expensive, but then it is also healthier for you and it contains no nasty pesticides or preservatives.

Red meats for white/ fish

Red meat is full of protein and many other nutrients, but it is also high in fats. If you are consuming more than two portions a week, why not try to switch to leaner proteins that are often better for you?

Sugar-free for the REAL deal

Products that are sugar-free are normally even more processed. The sugar is replaced with aspartame or another man-made sweetener. Eating the best version of whatever food you are consuming is much healthier.

Wholewheat fettuccine with prawns and peas

You will need

180g wholewheat pasta

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/3 cup small prawns

1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3 tablespoons of frozen peas, rinsed and drained

Method (Serves 1)

Add your pasta to boiling water and let it simmer for 7-9 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a non-stick pan.

Add prawns, tomatoes and garlic. |Saute for five minutes, add peas and cook for two minutes more. Mix the prawn mixture with cooked, drained pasta.

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