7 simple tips to enhance you and your family’s diet in 2015

New year is a great time start improving the whole family’s diet. By taking a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change and approaching the changes gradually you and your family will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.

Try making the following changes

  1. Drink more water; People often get dehydrated because they don’t feel thirsty. Drink at least ½ litre of filtered water (child) and 2 litres of filtered water (adult) daily. If this is tough at first, add a few slices of lemon, orange, lime, cucumber, or herbs like: mint, rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, or fresh raspberries, strawberries etc. This will keep the little ones happy – ‘magic strawberry water’ etc
  2. Increase intake of fruit and vegetables; – organic, seasonal and local if possible. Make smoothies, serve raw veggies with dips such as hummus, make hearty soups & stews, blend leftover veggies into pasta sauces etc
  3. Always read food labels; avoid those with long ingredient lists, or with sugar near the top.
  4. Eat less refined foods; with white flour, sugars, vegetable oils and lots of additives (specially preservatives, colours); also fried foods, coffee, alcohol, sweet drinks.
  5. Switch to wholemeal bread, pasta etc: this can give the overall diet a major nutrient boost (fibre, vitamins, minerals). Often fairly easy to achieve and inexpensive. But don’t let the whole diet be based around bread/pasta.
  6. Consume at least one serving per day of greens, like kale, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, chard, salad leaves, bok choy, Brussels sprouts etc.
  7. Get some exercise daily – even a short walk outside is good.

    Maggie is hosting a Wholefood Cooking Class on Sat 7th Feb 2015 called
    “Taste Health; Rediscover and enjoy vibrant Health”

Our Taste Health class is invaluable for those who wish to enhance their own health & the eating habits of their families. The day is much more than a cooking demonstration: You will find the day empowering, relaxed, fun and knowledge based and most of all manageable. Please come along and find out for your self. Cost €120.00.

What you get from the day!  You will go home with a lot of handouts including:

  • Taste Health! shopping list for pantry & fridge
  • Tips on sourcing & storing ingredients
  • Healing Benefits of foods: What diseases they help prevent and what diseases they help heal
  • Nutrient content of foods
  • Tips on how to implement a healthier diet.
  • Introduction to healthier options: Dairy, sugars, grains etc.
  • 10-12 recipes: Taste Health focuses mainly on a plant based protein diet but we do include one fish recipe on the day. We introduce flavours from around the world. All our dishes are vibrant in flavour, colour, freshness and energy leaving you wanting more. Whole foods will never be boring again!. Also included: lots of tips from Maggie on how to adapt dishes to suit your budget or to suit your own personal situation including how to adjust recipes for food intolerance etc.
  • A Nutritional Therapist will be joining us on the day to answer more indebt questions
  • At Taste Health! We enjoy everything in moderation including a glass or two of wine to match all the lovely dishes demonstrated on the day.

Location: 58 Cois Culainn, Loughlinstown, Killiney, Co Dublin

www.thesoulfoodco.ie