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Ways to a Healthier Life - Simple Tips on Food and Exercise

The tricky subject of health and fitness is imbued with short term projects and solutions often with the magical word "diet" added in somewhere. I believe healthy eating and living is something you take on for life. Here are some simple tips to improve your lifestyle, gradually.

Cereals

Cereal with milk is deliciously simple and surprisingly nutritious convenience food, a meal in itself. High fibre cereals are ideal for breakfast and fill you up and boost your energy levels for the day. Many cereals are also fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, thus increasing their nutritional values. Beware though, not all the cereals in the forest are equal. Many brands are sugar coated and thus less healthy. Compare the sugar contents of cereals and mueslis to find the low sugar varieties.

Oat

Oats are rich in soluble and insoluble fibres, B vitamins and protein. They are naturally low in sugar, fat and salt, and as a bonus have been shown to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol. Oats are also low on the glycaemic index, meaning that they release energy gradually for a longer lasting effect. You should try to include oats in your diet at every opportunity.

There is no beating to a bowl of porridge. Porridge is one of the simplest ways of incorporating oats into your diet, as well as being simple to make. Add dried fruits, honey, nuts, and seeds for extra flavor and goodness. You can also try to make your own muesli, or buy varieties with no added sugar, add oats when you make fruity crumble toppings or add oats to your morning smoothie. Soak the oats in milk overnight and combine them with lots of fruits and yoghurt in next morning.

Home made muesli

Easy to make, delicious to taste. Put 200g. porridge oats, 25g. wheatgerm, 50g. barley flakes and 25g. each of pumpkin seeds and hazelnuts on a baking tray. Toast them in the oven for ten minutes at 150 degrees Celsius, shaking the tray halfway through. Allow the seeds to cool and mix in 150g. dried fruit such as apricots, cranberries and raisins. Store in an airtight jar and serve with milk or yoghurts.

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