I’m a big supporter in not giving up the foods you love when it comes to uptaking and sustaining a healthier lifestyle. Food is fuel, but it’s also meant to be enjoyed. It’s a pleasure and good food is a pleasure many people in the world do not have. I thought today I’d share with you a few very simple, but effective tips when it comes to reducing your calories but still enjoying the foods you love!
Use a Slicer When Cutting Cheese
Now, if you’re anything like me and you just can’t get enough of cheese, then of course you’ll want to keep it in your diet. After all, cheese is full of calcium and protein. However, it’s also quite high in fat and because of its moreishness, it can be quite difficult to stick to the 30g recommended serving size. If you’re like most, you will cut your cheese slices with a knife and if you’re anything like my Dad, you’ll end up putting half a block of cheese on your sandwich. But alas, something so simple but so mind blowing…. let me present to you, the slicer. Yep, it isn’t just for grating cheese but for slicing it too. By creating slices you can get a much thinner piece of cheese, so you don’t have to give up the amount of slices you have but they’re slightly thinner and obviously, less calories. Measuring out your portion and then grating it can also trick the mind that you’re eating more, as there is more volume to cheese once grated.
Or if you’re feeling like sprucing out your kitchen utensils, purchase a cheese slicer! They’re so easy to use and often super cheap (mine is from Matalan and is just £2 (or 2 for £3)
Buy Individual Choccy Bars, Rather Than Sharing Packs
I know this is contradictory to reducing plastic waste, but if you’re looking for a way to control your choccy cravings, this is a good place to start. Sharing bags may seem like a bargain, but when you’ve scoffed the whole 510kcal bag of buttons in 10 minutes (erm…. guilty…..), whilst they are delicious, they are meant for sharing…. it’s about a 1/4 of your daily kcal allowance as well! Best option? Individual bars!! With the sugar tax in place, chocolate bars are slightly smaller than they used to be, which yep, I know you’re all crying inside, but it is a good thing for the Dietetic and health world! But if you’re having one chocolate bar that’s wrapped, you’re less likely to eat as many calories as a sharing bag! I mean, unless you eat 6 choccy bars in one go….
Use Smaller Glasses
Alcohol is calories, lots of calories! But when you’re drinking, it’s easy to forget what you’re consuming. Obviously, enjoy alcohol! There are amazing drinks to try and to enjoy, but avoid binging and overconsumption as the calories add up. Simple tip? Small not large. Singles not double. Slimline tonic over normal. Sugar free over full sugar. So so so simple, you can still enjoy a night out but at much less calories!
and using Smaller Bowls and Plates
It’s the same with our dinnerware! Recently, shops have been making gradual increased changes to the sizes of our plates and bowls, which in turn has increased portion sizes, therefore calories etc. I know it’s very unrealistic to change ALLLLL of your crockery, but try to choose your smallest plates and bowls when you can! When I moved to Chester, I bought new plates and bowls for my flat and purchased bowls half the size as I did previously. It’s helped me control portions sizes for things such as cereal, pasta and porridge.
Bulk with Veggies
Veggies are life!!! I love veggies so much, they’re amazing to bulk out meals, add flavour but most importantly add nutrients to the dish. They also help you feel fuller for longer, mean you’re less likely to snack between meals and eat more naughty treats!!
I hope this has given you some inspiration into making small but positive changes to your lifestyle!
Emma is a Registered Dietitian and Registered Associate Nutritionist based in Cheshire, England. Emma works in community healthcare and writes freelance alongside her work: topics including Dietetic life, nutrition, mental health and lifestyle. Emma also writes and photographs recipes for the platform, as well as being the author of the ‘Mummy and Me’ series for SR Nutrition. Emma’s Food Stories is PR friendly brand.