With the ever expanding plethora of stalls, cafes, food trucks and great new restaurants offering fabulous fare from across the globe, there’s never been a better time to be a hungry Londoner. Whether you’re at the famous London Borough Market, enjoying a delicious Vietnamese Banh Mi on the go, or heading to your favourite local for a curry, it is possible to make sensible choices and reduce the amount of unnecessary fat, sugar and salt you consume.
MAKE SMART SUBSTITUTES
We’re all becoming more conscious of what we eat, and chefs are no exception. Many offerings are now prepared with less salt, sugar and saturated fats, with traditional ingredients being swapped for healthier ones, such as wholegrain products or oils with less saturated fat. But it’s best not to rely on vendors alone – with a little discipline and control you can make eating out healthier; choose steamed over deep fried, avoid dishes heavy with cream and butter like Chicken Tikka Masala (or at least have them less often), choose brown rice over white, and try to reduce your carbohydrate intake by eating less pasta, bread and potatoes. You can support these healthier choices, and healthier heart function* by supplementing your diet with Wild Krill Oil, known to be a great source of Omega 3, and which also contains the naturally occurring astaxanthin – a keto-carotenoid.
EAT IN MODERATION, AND SLOWLY
Portion control plays a hugely important part in healthy eating. Especially when food is cheap, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of over-ordering and subsequently over-eating. The simplest tip is to choose the smaller serving, or entrée size dish, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Often our brains trick us into thinking we’re hungry, when in fact – we’re thirsty. Another great tip is to make sure you chew your food sufficiently. Really take the time to enjoy the flavours and savour each mouthful, rather than gobbling everything down. Chewing methodically gives your brain time to send a signal to the body to say that you’re full, and help you avoid overeating.
SHARE THE LOVE, SHARE YOUR FOOD
When it doubt, share it out! A fun and generous way to really enjoy your food is to share dishes with friends. Splitting dishes gives you a chance to sample smaller tasting plates together, and enjoy a greater range of flavours. Sharing is also a much healthier option if you do choose a higher calorie favourite, as splitting in half means you’ll instantly eat less.
BE NATURALLY SWEET, NOT SACCAHRIN
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and feel no meal is complete without dessert, you can still make healthier choices. Go for naturally sweet options like fresh fruit, choose a light sorbet over a heavy pudding and try to avoid anything too pastry laden or deep-fried. Deep-fried anything is usually a no-no. Keep it fresh and light, and enjoy eating right.
*EPA & DHA supports normal heart function. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of EPA and DHA.