Every year, we all make New Years’ Resolutions, and every year we seem to question why we continue to do this to ourselves. The most famous resolution is the good old’ eating healthy and exercising more. Why do we tend to struggle with this so much? Probably because most of the time it’s a bit boring! Here are our top tips to keep it interesting and improve your chances of sticking to your resolutions!
Eat something you love everyday
Life isn’t all sunshine and juiced vegetables. Where’s the fun in that? While it is very important to make sure that we are hitting our daily fruit, vegetable, and protein goals, we need to remember that we are not unfeeling robots. Research has shown that by consuming a small amount of something you love everyday (and yes, we are talking about chocolate), you are less likely to binge eat at the weekend and stick to your overall diet plan. Not only does it give you something too look forward to each day, but it also proves more beneficial than detrimental in the grand scheme of things. Win-win if you ask us!
Get back into the kitchen
During the first lockdown, we all channelled a bit of our inner MasterChef. Whether you were into baking or cooking, we all learned skills and discovered the amazing taste of home cooked food and the enjoyment of making it. Granted our lives are beginning to speed up again, but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend 15-30 minutes each evening making a healthy dinner. It’s time to fall back in love with cooking! For inspo on how to make nutritious, delicious food with a short time limit, check out Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals, or Joe Wicks’ Lean in Fifteen on YouTube.
Check out healthy cafes and restaurants near you
In Cork, we are so lucky to have an incredible selection of cafes and restaurant who serve healthy food that tastes amazing. Taking some time to figure out which ones you will love will allow you not only to enjoy the activity of eating out, but also as a way to get out and meet friends without any of the guilt. Eating healthy food out has never been easier! A few of our favourites are Good Day Deli for a delicious, sustainable brunch, Young Plant Superfoods for a nutritious and tasty lunch, and the Quay Co-Op Restaurant and Deli for all things vegan and vegetarian.
Good Day Deli Brunch
Try something new
So many cuisines have the most incredible food that is naturally good for us. Don’t be afraid to get researching different flavours from around the world for new recipes to try at home or to get out in search of for lunch. Things like spices and herbs are relatively cheap to buy from supermarkets and can be the perfect way to spruce up traditionally boring health foods like lentils and chickpeas. Get adventurous with cookbooks and recipes that are out of your ordinary to get these superfoods into your diet. If you need a bit of inspiration from a restaurant, we recommend checking out the mezze selection at Izz Café, authentic dosas from Iyers’ Café, or Moroccan and Lebanese flavours from Sultan Restaurant.
So, there you have it, a foodie’s top tips for eating healthy and still getting to eat adventurously while sticking to the plan. Keep your eye on the Peckish website to spot any new delicious and healthy dishes from our restaurants. No more boring resolutions!