How to be a healthy foodie

Pancake Day is just around the corner, and many of us are looking forward to indulging in some fluffy goodness.

From the joy of flipping pancakes to mouth-watering toppings such as traditional sugar and lemon, chocolate spreads and fruit, it’s the only day of the year when throwing food around the kitchen is perfectly acceptable.

Eating mindfully doesn’t have to take the fun out of being a foodie. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on top of your goals whilst enjoying delicious treats.

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A little bit of everything

Having a little bit of everything on your plate will not only give you different flavours and textures from a variety of food groups, but also additional nutrients too. However, each food isn’t equal in calories, so make sure the majority of your plate is filled with healthy choices. For a sweet pancake go for fruits like bananas, which contain natural sugars, and for a savoury option – why not add Grabits Chicken on a Stick? It’s syn-free with only 70 calories per stick, ideal for pancakes with a twist that are filled with protein too.

Sharing means caring

Another good idea is to share your creations with friends and family. If your plate is getting too full, don’t be afraid to leave some food aside or better – offer to your loved one.  Consider having a competition where each family member creates their favourite pancake and then cut it into bite-size pieces to create a share platter. This is a great way to try new flavours and smaller portions can help prevent you from overeating.

Take a closer look

If you’re dining out, take a closer look at what you’re about to order. Restaurants often use rich sauces and spreads like butter to create food we can’t resist. Ask your server if they have a lower calorie section and aim for dishes that are less than 1,000 calories. To take a step further, choose dishes that contain around 500-600 calories or simply take any leftovers home.

Have a walk

This may not cross your mind immediately, but having a walk can have several benefits. As short as a 15-minute walk can speed up your digestion, lift up your mood and help shake off those extra pounds. However you choose to celebrate this Tuesday – have fun and let us know which side of the pancake filling fence you fall. Head to our social and share your Grabits creations on either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.