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Ask Elsa: Improving your diet

Q I'm trying to improve my diet and although I make good choices at work, by the time I get home I'm too tired to start cooking and so end up making toast or a pizza.

A It can be a real struggle cooking a meal from scratch after a long day's work. The best approach is some advanced planning, as the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Every week, sit down and plan your meals for the week ahead. Make a shopping list with all the foods you'll need before going to the supermarket.

Consider either cooking in batches and freezing or cook double the amount so there are leftovers the next day.

Stews and casseroles are quick and easy to make and are perfect for this time of year. You can make up a big pot at the weekend and freeze portions to take out as you need them. Try chicken casserole, or lentil or beef stew.

Add lots of vegetables such as carrots, onions, peas and celery.

You could also make up batches of Bolognese or chilli sauce, which are super quick to defrost and then you only need to boil some brown rice or pasta.

If you want something quick to rustle up of an evening, try making a veggie omelette, beans on brown toast or a feta and chickpea salad.

See website for recipes.

Elsa Jones is a qualified nutritional therapist who offers consultations at her clinic in Dublin. If you'd like your health query answered in the Herald, you can send your question directly to Elsa, contact details on her website -- www.elsajonesnutrition.ie