5 Tips on Maintaining Healthy Eating Habits

Hey friends,  

Many of you may have set a goal to become a healthier version of yourself. If you didn’t, maybe you should consider it. What does it mean to be healthy? Some people confuse healthy with weight loss thinking the number on the scale defines their health. Yes, being in shape usually is a result of becoming a healthier individual but it isn’t the same thing. To be healthy involves more than just our physical shape or illnesses but also our mental and spiritual well-being. I am a true believer in creating healthy habits for ourselves in order to lead a more wholesome life. Food, believe it or not is at the center of all of this! What you eat will actually affect you in several ways so it is important to get into healthy eating habits. 

I am going to provide 5 tips for you on how to achieve this in detail. 

1) Plan ahead– you are more than likely to eat better when meals are planned ahead of time and groceries for those meals are already in your pantry. That way there are no excuses. Dedicate a day to make a tentative meal plan for the coming week that is nutritious and easy to put together then stock the pantry up with the ingredients needed. Time is always of the essence. This method allows for less temptation to make a heavy carb dish like pasta when coming back from work since its super easy. You can check my social media (IG) on Sunday’s where I post my meal plan ideas for the week that are low carb and absolutely delicious if you need some inspiration. 

2) Stay hydrated– I am sure you have heard this plenty of times but make sure to drink water! Studies say we should drink about eight 8oz glasses of water a day (Mayocilinic). How many of us actually do that? If plain water is too boring for you then add a slice of a lemon which will give it some flavor and help detox your system. I highly recommend cutting out juices and soda from your household slowly. Those beverages are filled with artificial sugars and are bad for our health physically & mentally. There are many alternatives in the market now for natural juices. I also suggest limiting the amount of dairy & sugar you put in your coffee or tea.  

3) What you bring in to your home matters Make it a point to check the nutritional facts on the products you purchase. You really should know what you are bringing into your household. Spend the extra time grocery shopping to ensure you are bringing nutritious wholesome items home. If you think about it, we spend a lot of time doing leisure things but when it comes to simple tasks like grocery shopping we want to rush. Don’t bring home junk. I am sure you know this in the back of your head but many of us may still bring it home regardless. I am talking about chips, cookies, cake, and frozen pizzas. Those do nothing good for you. They are so low in nutritional value that they are considered JUNK. Who wants junk in their body?? If you are a chip lover like me, get them baked or popcorn for instance. If you love dessert, there plenty recipes for sweets using honey or maple syrup in place of artificial processed sugars. On my blog, you will find plenty! Try my banana bread, zucchini blueberry muffins, or even my mango mousse. You won’t believe how good they taste and they are good for you too! 

4) Eat often– Did you know the more you eat during the day the more your metabolism speeds up and burns calories? Sounds crazy, right? Now, this doesn’t mean go have 6 huge meals a day that are full of carbs. This means have your 3 main meals and 3 snacks in between them keeping mindful to eat nutritious meals like I have been mentioning. For example, for breakfast you can have an avocado toast then 2 hours later maybe snack on a handful of nuts which are rich in fiber and vitamins.  

5) Create a healthy eating plate for yourself– time to give you a realistic idea of what your healthy eating plate should like after all these tips are said and done. Half of your plate should be vegetables and even fruits mixed in if you would like. The other half is divided between a healthy protein like chicken breast, steak, beans or fish and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa. You can do without the grains and just have a protein and veggies for dinner and some sort of sauce to tie it together. Cook using olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil as opposed to butter. 

Keep in mind all these tips should be implemented slowly into your daily life. No one is expected to toss everything they know out the window and just start brand new. It’s a progression; remember you are doing this for you and your loved ones. Your overall health is always number one. Therefore, make sure to prioritize it. As you just learned, changing your eating habits will improve your standard of living.  

Any questions, feel free to reach out to me through my social media. 

See you next time! 

Sincerely,  

Heifa from Fufu’s Kitchen 

IG: Fufuinthekitchen 

Website: www.Fufuskitchen.com 

YouTube: Fufu’s Kitchen 

Spring Printables

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with some of our fun printable activities for kids. We’ve got all sorts below, including story paper, stationery to print, delightful scrapbook paper for your crafty projects, cutting, pasting and lacing activities for little ones, and even some cute printable spring games to enjoy with the family!

Spring Bookmarks
Two sets of fun printable spring bookmarks for kids, some to print, some to print and colour.
Spring Stationery
Quick to print for home or school, this Spring stationery features spring flowers and animals and…
Spring Story Paper
Fire up the kids’ imagination with these fun colouring and story paper printables with a spring…
More Spring Printables
Just a few more Spring printables for you – and we think they might be some of our best! Have a go…

Print and enjoy these original puzzles for kids with a spring theme, including dot to dot, maze, count the lambs and find the difference puzzle.

Bunny Maths Facts Colouring Page

Bunny Maths Facts Colouring Page

Kids can colour in this cute picture of a bunny – perfect for Easter or any time – but first they need to solve some simple sums to work out the right colours to use!

Daffodil Grid Copy

Daffodil Grid Copy

Use this grid copy activity to create a picture of a sunny yellow daffodil, perfect for Spring!

Flowers Maze

Flowers Maze

Help the bumble bee find his way to the flowers in this lovely hand-drawn maze printable!

Grid Copy - Daisy

Grid Copy – Daisy

This daisy grid copy is a nice simple design for beginners. Copy each square individually and end up with a whole picture!

Grid Copy - Tulip

Grid Copy – Tulip

As you see the bulbs starting to sprout in Spring, have fun with this grid copy and create your own image of a tulip. Great for improving concentration and pen control.

How Many Bunnies Can You Count?

How Many Bunnies Can You Count?

Two printable Easter puzzles – one much more difficult than the other – in which children need to count up the Easter bunnies. Fun for Spring too. Good counting practice for little ones!

How Many Words - Butterflies

How Many Words – Butterflies

This is a very pretty puzzle for you! How many words can you find from the word Butterflies? If you don’t fill all the spaces, you could make colourful wing patterns instead!

How Many Words - Spring Flowers

How Many Words – Spring Flowers

If you are thinking about Spring, why not try this fun activity? How many words can you make from the letters in the words Spring Flowers. Can you fill in all the tulips on the page?

Rabbit Maze 2

Rabbit Maze 2

Help these rabbit friends find their way to the centre of the maze!

Spring Sudoku - Difficult

Spring Sudoku – Difficult

This Spring Sudoku is perfect for older children as it is more difficult. This type of puzzle is great for improving logical thinking.

Spring Sudoku - Easy

Spring Sudoku – Easy

Perfect for beginners, this Spring puzzle is an ideal starting point for those new to sudoku. Every row and column must contain the letters of the word lamb.

Spring Sudoku - Medium

Spring Sudoku – Medium

Welcome in Spring with this themed sudoku puzzle. It has a medium difficulty level so is perfect for someone who has mastered the basics and is looking for more of a challenge.

Spring Word Search

Spring Word Search

This spring word search would be a great introduction to any discussions relating to nature or seasons.

Credit: www.activityvillage.co.uk

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Barbecue food safety

Food poisoning cases double over the summer, so remember these simple steps to help keep food safe.

Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week. But sometimes it can be more severe, even deadly, so it’s important to take the risks seriously. Children, older people and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to food poisoning.

“The safest option is to cook food indoors using your oven,” says a spokesperson from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). “You can then put the cooked food outside on the barbecue for flavour.” This can be an easier option if you’re cooking for a lot of people at the same time.

If you are only cooking on the barbecue, the two main risk factors are:

  • undercooked meat
  • spreading germs from raw meat onto food that’s ready to eat

This is because raw or undercooked meat can contain germs that cause food poisoning, such as salmonella, E.coli and campylobacter. However, these germs can be killed by cooking meat until it is piping hot throughout.

Germs from raw meat can easily move onto your hands and then onto anything else you touch, such as food that is cooked and ready to eat

Cooking meat on a barbecue

When you’re cooking any kind of meat on a barbecue, such as poultry (chicken or turkey), pork, steak, burgers or sausages, make sure:

  • the coals are glowing red with a powdery grey surface before you start cooking, as this means that they’re hot enough
  • frozen meat is properly thawed before you cook it
  • you turn the meat regularly and move it around the barbecue to cook it evenly

Remember that meat is safe to eat only when:

  • it is piping hot in the centre
  • there is no pink meat visible
  • any juices are clear

“Don’t assume that because meat is charred on the outside it will be cooked properly on the inside,” says the FSA spokesperson. “Cut the meat at the thickest part and ensure none of it is pink on the inside.”

Some meat, such as steaks and joints of beef or lamb, can be served rare (not cooked in the middle) as long as the outside has been properly cooked. This will kill any bacteria that might be on the outside of the meat. However, food made from minced meat, such as sausages and burgers, must be cooked thoroughly all the way through.

Raw meat

Germs from raw meat can move easily onto your hands and then onto anything else you touch, including food that is cooked and ready to eat. This is called cross-contamination.

Cross-contamination can happen if raw meat touches anything (including plates, cutlery, tongs and chopping boards) that then comes into contact with other food.

Some easy steps to help prevent cross-contamination are:

  • always wash your hands after touching raw meat
  • use separate utensils (plates, tongs, containers) for cooked and raw meat
  • never put cooked food on a plate or surface that has had raw meat on it
  • keep raw meat in a sealed container away from foods that are ready to eat, such as salads and buns
  • don’t put raw meat next to cooked or partly cooked meat on the barbecue
  • don’t put sauce or marinade on cooked food if it has already been used with raw meat

Keeping food cool

It’s also important to keep some foods cool to prevent food poisoning germs multiplying.

Make sure you keep the following foods cool:

  • salads
  • dips
  • milk, cream, yoghurt
  • desserts and cream cakes
  • sandwiches
  • ham and other cooked meats
  • cooked rice, including rice salads

Don’t leave food out of the fridge for more than a couple of hours, and don’t leave food in the sun.

Fire safety

Make sure your barbecue is steady on a level surface, away from plants and trees.

The Fire Service advises covering the bottom of your barbecue with coal to a depth of no more than 5cm (2in).

With charcoal barbecues, only use recognized fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals – use the minimum necessary and never use petrol.

Source: http://www.nhs.uk/

See more on the Fire Service’s barbecue safety tips.

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Spring Cleaning: A Complete Checklist

The flowers are blooming, the birds are serenading, and our house still feels like it’s stuck with winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.

Spring Cleaning Checklists By Room

These tutorials help with any room in your home. Each tutorial gives a list of steps, tools and supplies needed, and tips to help you get the job done with special attention given to seasonal chores for this springy time of year. Use these checklists as a spring board to deep clean the areas of your home that really need extra attention. Skip items that have recently been cleaned and focus on the parts of your home that have been neglected all winter long.

  • Kitchen Spring Cleaning
  • Bathroom Spring Cleaning
  • Living Areas Spring Cleaning
  • Bedroom Spring Cleaning
  • Dining Room Spring Cleaning

Clearing Clutter and Organizing During Spring Cleaning

One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don’t need. Use these resources to clear out your stuff. Plan a garage sale. Learn how to box up items you don’t need. Find out how to donate items that are taking up space. Take advantage of the natural urge that comes each spring to get rid of items that are weighing you down and begin fresh with a more streamlined lifestyle. While we may have a tendency to hoard and hold on to items in the winter, we generally are more ready to let go of clutter when spring arrives. Trust me. Cleaning will be a lot easier when the clutter is gone.

  • Beginning Organization Steps
  • 4 Container Clutter Method
  • Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet
  • Organizing A Community Garage Sale

Getting the Family Involved in Spring Cleaning

If you need a little help in your cleaning endeavors, try to get your family involved. Even the most unwilling helper can make a big difference in the work load. I know what you are thinking. It might actually seem easier to just do everything by yourself rather than try to get your family to help. Don’t worry, we’ve got advice to deal with even those most reluctant helpers. This is actually a great time of year to get the entire family to work together. Try throwing on some music or establishing a family reward for when the work is done.

  • Tips For Organizing Family Spring Cleaning Days
  • Organizing a Family Garage Cleanup Day
  • Get Rid of Garage Leftovers
  • Reasons Your Family Won’t Help With Chores
  • 5 Easy to Set-Up Chore Charts
  • 12 Tips for Chore Chart Success

Extra Spring Cleaning Chores

There are some special chores that need to be done seasonally. We ignore them for most of the fall and winter, but now it is time to bite the bullet and get these things clean. Even though these chores only need to be done once or twice a year, they will help your home run look better and run smoothly. Outdoor chores like cleaning grills, patios, and windows can be a little intimidating, but there are some simple tricks to keep the jobs manageable.

  • Clean Patio Furniture
  • Clean a Grill
  • Wash Windows
  • Storing Winter Clothes
  • Spring Cleaning Chores
  • Seasonal Cleaning Lis
  • 6 Glass Cleaning Tips

Products to Use During Spring Cleaning

The cleaning aisles of our stores are stocked full of supplies to help you clean. But sometimes the variety can be overwhelming. Although you may be tempted to clean out the local store of all of their cleaning supplies, the real champions of spring cleaning are more basic supplies like a good all purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths.

  • Basic Cleaning Supplies List
  • Top 10 All Purpose Cleaners
  • Homemade Window Cleaner
  • 10 Ingredients for Homemade Cleaners
  • Before You Buy Green Cleaning Supplies

Maintaining the Spring Cleaning

If you want some ideas to help you maintain the new cleanliness around your home these 15 minute cleanups can make that fresh feeling stay around for a long time. I love printing these out for my own kids. When things are broken down into 1-2 minute chores, all of us find tasks more simple to complete. It’s amazing what 15 minutes can actually accomplish in a room.

  • 15 Minute Cleanup Index
  • 15 Minute Living Room Cleanup
  • 15 Minute Kitchen Cleanup
  • 15 Minute Bathroom Cleanup
  • 15 Minute Kid’s Room Cleanup
  • 15 Minute Bedroom Cleanup
  • 15 Minute Dorm Room or Efficiency Apartment Cleanup

Original Source: http://housekeeping.about.com