SPRING CLEAN YOUR GROCERY CUPBOARD
Regardless of the season, its always a good idea to get rid of the clutter, the things that take up space and don’t make you feel good. When you think about spring cleaning, household junk or those items in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for five years may pop to mind, but what about your grocery cupboard? What you put in to your body, has a direct influence on what you get out, so let’s take a look at 5 foods thatyou can boot from your cupboard (and if you’re worried your cupboard will be left bare, what to replace it with). WHITE FLOUR AND OTHER HIGHLY REFINED GRAINS It’s no secret that carbohydrates are a major source of energy for our bodies. Grains like wheat flour, rice, pasta and maize contribute a large percentage of our daily carbohydrate intake. The problem with the highly refined versions of these foods is that they lose much of their naturally occurring fibre and nutrients during processing. So, make the change to less processed grains and say goodbye to white flours (and foods produced with them), white rice, white pastas and highly refined mealie meal. The next time you buy these items rather look for the wholegrain or brown versions. DID YOU KNOW: The maize used in FUTURELIFE® undergoes a unique patented cooking process that protects the nutritional ingredients in the maize. You can also replace about half of the flour in many recipes with FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and get a delicious result! There are a variety of recipes on our website. FIZZY COOLDRINKS AND OTHER SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGES Sugary drinks are loaded with calories (energy) but provide little to no nutritional value with these calories. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that they are directly linked to Metabolic Syndrome including obesity, diabetes, gout etc. These risk factors all contribute to your risk of heart disease1. Fortunately, you don’t have to dehydrate without your favourite fizzy cooldrink or cordial. Quite the opposite, water is readily available to most of us and essential for good health. If you struggle to drink sufficientamounts of water, try these tips to “spice it up”.
- If you crave that fizzy sensation in your mouth, order a sparkling water. Remember to choose plain sparkling water and avoid flavoured waters. These can contain about 6-7 teaspoons of sugar per bottle.
- Give your water a natural flavour instead by adding slices of your favourite fruit and/or herbs and refrigerating overnight.
- Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. This will ensure that you increase your fluid intake and avoid the temptation of buying a cooldrink when you are thirsty.
- Craving something sweet? Freeze your favourite fruit or berry and use these as ice cubes. Sweet cravings can also be a sign of dehydration, so make sure that you are consuming enough water throughout the day.
- Rather make your own soups instead of using packet soups. They taste much better, are far more nutritious and can be much lower in salt. If you use these soups for thickening, rather use unsalted options like cornflour.
- Instead of stock cubes make your own bone or vegetable stock at home and pack it into small bags or blocks. You get to fully control what goes in and they are far more nutritious.
- As mentioned earlier not all tinned foods are necessarily high in salt, but read labels and avoid foods that are canned in salt (look out for tomato sauces, brine etc.), rather choose options without all the salt or where possible opt for the fresh version of the food.
- Instead of using salt and spices with a high salt content, rather get creative and season with alternative flavours like garlic, ginger, herbs, curry, cinnamon etc.