Thursday, 5 January 2012

Lil Miss Healthy: My healthy eating habits %

No doubt that most peoples' New Years Resolutions (that is if they've made any) are to eat healthily, exercise more or maybe lose a few pounds.

In this post, I'm going to show you what I do to stay healthy. I have to admit, I don't have the best diet in the world, but I do like to incorporate little things during the day. At the end of the day, you are what you eat. If you're filling your body with junk, you will feel like rubbish.

  I am going to do a series of these posts - hopefully it will give you ideas! Being healthy is about adapting to your lifestyle - just do what works for you!

Green Monster
 I love drinking Green Monster's. Read this blog post to learn more. In summary, it is a mixture of banana, spinach and milk. It sounds disgusting but it tastes so good! Spinach is a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, making it good for your skin, bones, vision and so on! If you don't like the taste of spinach, I recommend adding it to a smoothie (you won't taste it, promise!). Benefits of bananas: helps improve your mood (I always feel so invigorated after drinking this), great for your eyesight, cardiovascular health, kidneys and bones. The milk provides you with protein and calcium. I want to substitute my usual semi-skimmed milk with almond milk or organic milk in the future.

 I love water. Ask any of my friends or family - I am a water addict! I take a massive bottle to university or work everyday. I even take it when I'm out shopping! The bottle in the picture is 1.5 litres! You should be drinking at least 2 litres a day. Yes, my bag is always heavy, a few bags have ripped because of this healthy habit and I also have to go to the loo often but it is definitely worth it! Water is great for your concentration (did you know that your brain shrinks when it's dehydrated?), it's great for your skin (especially if you want to glow) and it's excellent for weight loss (your body cannot tell the difference between hunger and thirst, so always drink some water to check). There are so many benefits to drinking water! Read some more here.

 I literally eat an apple a day. Apples always make me feel so awake, and full (making it good for weight loss). Apples are great for cancer prevention, they are a good source of dietary fibre (making it good for digestion) and apples also have vitamin C. The phrase 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' was said for a reason.

Quinoa is a seed, but it can also be prepared like rice. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, and out of all of the grains, has the highest protein content. This is great for me because I'm vegetarian, and I work out a lot! I need that extra bit of protein. I purchased this pack from Holland and Barrett for under £3. I cook it in my rice cooker for 20 minutes (alternatively, you can boil it and let it to simmer). I add a pinch of salt as well as some Greek yoghurt. Sometimes I mix the quinoa with my curry. It tastes so delicious - and it keeps me full because of the good protein content. Why is protein important in our diet? Protein is important for the growth, maintenance and repair of all cells. It also helps with fighting infection, and helps keep our hair shiny and nails strong! Read more about the benefits of protein here.

Warm water and lemon
 Warm water and lemon is one of my favourite drinks. It may not be so good for your teeth, but it's great for your overall health! Ideally, you should drink this first thing in the morning to help detoxify your body. It is even used as an acne remedy. Lemon is also a great source of vitamin C and is great for weight loss. Read here to find out other benefits of lemon water.

I am a big fan of carrots. One carrot a day provides all the vitamin A you need for the day. Carrots are good for: your vision, your skin (!), dental health as well as helping to prevent cancers! If you cannot fathom eating a raw carrot, I suggest adding a dip. One of my favourite dips is hummus. Hummus contains chickpeas - which are a good source of protein. Hummus also has olive oil (which is a healthy fat). Hummus is high in calories, but just because a food is high in calories, it does not mean it is bad for you!

How do you stay healthy?


  1. Wow so healthy! How do
    I stay healthy Erm I eat extra lean meat and no fat if I can avoid it. I do like cake though...

  2. @Dawniepants - wow no fat! That's hard - try to have some good fats though. They're good for your memory and skin. I love cake too :) x

  3. I love these tips for healthy eating, :)
    i want to tone up a little bit, its so hard to get into the habit of eating bad food,
    I love drinking water and carrots with hummus is gorgeous!!!


  4. Aw glad you liked the tips! Not many people I know even drink a cup of water - it's so bad for you! x

  5. I`m always in love with your posts! Go on like that:*

  6. Great post, so healthy! I agree with lemon water and carrots! I need a detox! x

  7. great tips- I think I will be trying a green monster very soon hun!

    I have been following loads of blogs for what seems ages- I finally have decided to create a blog of my own (yipeeeee!) please do check it out and follow...


  8. I'm loving how healthy you are! Not too long ago, I was watching my weight, regularly exercising, drinking green smoothies and making healthy food choices but somehow, I've fallen off the bandwagon and I think I've put on about 2 stone!

    I've been reading your health posts for a while now and I'm in awe of your transformation! It takes hard work so I respect you a huge deal for that. I think this is THE post that's motivated me to get my act together because I can see myself going into a crazy spiral and before I know it, it could be too late to lose weight so thank you :)

  9. @Shabina - Aww thank you hun, I am following yours! Let me know what you think of the green monster xx
    @Muslimahbeauty - aww thanks!! If I can do it - so can you! Good luck - let me know how it goes xx

  10. Hey, I made one this morning- it looks gross but the taste is not bad at all!
    I've decided i'm going to be having it a few times a week now, so thank you Roshni for introducing this to me x
    Do you make any other healthy drinks?
    I'm kinda new to all this blogging and that- do you receive messages when you get new followers?
    Shabina x


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