5 easy steps to staying healthy, wealthy & wise

Do you have an allergy, intolerance or specialised diet? Find it a struggle to eat healthily without having to spend your salary at health shops? SpoonGuru, a barcode scanner app in the UK for specific dietary needs has some tips to help you on your way towards a healthier lifestyle without having to break the bank…

1. Cook at home where possible
You have a nut allergy, your partner has dairy intolerance and your kids don’t like fish; finding a meal that suits these preferences is almost impossible
right? Not necessarily…You can find meal time inspiration almost anywhere, TV, internet, from friends to eating out at restaurants. Once you know what
kind of food you enjoy you can plan your family meals in advance and budget accordingly whilst still being healthy. By cooking from scratch you can
control exactly what goes into your meals. The recipe might state x amount of salt but let’s be honest, you don’t really need it all.

2. Preparation is key
Why not make slightly more of that delicious homemade dinner that suits everyone’s dietary preferences. You could take it into work the next day or
perhaps dedicate an evening to prepping meals for the week. This will save you having to splash out on lunch and because you made it – you know it’s
safe for your allergy or intolerance!

3. Try to reduce sugar intake
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll be aware that we’re all eating too much sugar. Using an app like Spoon Guru means you can select a
“low sugar” option in your diet preference. Pre-packed foods are typically laden with sugar so use the barcode scanner to check in the supermarket or
your cupboards at home. You can also add your allergy or intolerance to make sure Spoon Guru is finding the right foods for you.

4. Eat less meat
Following a plant-based diet, high in fruit and vegetables, means you’re more likely to hit your 5-a-day. Additionally, plant-based diets are typically high in antioxidants, phytochemicals and carotenoids and lower in saturated fat, all contributing to a healthier lifestyle.

5. Buy whole foods, not ready prepared
Buying pre-cut veggies might save you time but are these 2-3 minutes’ worth it when you’re spending an extra £1-2? Over a week, this will certainly start to add up! Buying whole veggies means you can keep the skins on. The skins have the highest fibre content, something we all should be eating more of. Fibre has been linked to numerous health benefits such as helping lower cholesterol, keeping your heart happy and healthy!

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