A friend of mine asked me for some healthy ideas for the kids’ dinners that can also be heated up again later when her husband gets home. So I said that I would help and also give her some cookery lessons as she feels unsure on how to prepare and use some of the ingredients.

It's very easy to forget the start of our own clean eating journey and how daunting cooking something new like quinoa can be.

No matter where you are in your own journey here are my top tips to get you off to a great start. We think its really important to get the whole family involved. 

  • Switch everything to wholemeal and wholegrain: the kids’ pasta, rice, noodles and bread. It’s just one shopping trip. Not expensive, not hard and will make a huge difference to their health. Don't make any excuses, they won't notice, I promise!
  • Buy more variety of vegetables and fruit. If you have them you will eat them.
  • Try new things. Don't be afraid to try new ingredients, cook new recipes or eat new food, if it doesn't work for you at least you have tried it.
  • Prepare in advance. I'm not one for batch cooking so instead I just cook an extra pot of lentils or freekeh when I cook dinner so that I have a good lunch planned. 
  • Store cupboard. Always have staples like tinned kidney and cannellini beans to hand for quick sides and lunches. Tinned tuna, olives & capers are also great to have at hand to add to dishes for extra flavour. 
  • Freezer. I've said it before and I'll say it again: frozen fish is ace. It costs less than fresh and cooks from frozen which means you’ll always be minutes away from something healthy to eat.
  • Make your own. I've never been one for pre-prepared and processed when it’s so easy to make your own pasta sauces, houmous or salad dressing. Find some of my recipes for dips here and you will wonder why you ever wasted your money on these. 

Keep up the brilliant work and remember, it's not our abilities that define us, but our choices.
Until next time
Ele x