How hearty food can also be healthy.
The colder Winter temperatures often leave us craving comfort food and bigger meals to stay warm and many of us struggle to resist stocking up on filling food that may not always be the most nutritious option.
Eating more doesn’t need to mean eating badly, and comfort food can be healthy as well as hearty. Making smart decisions like drinking more water, increasing your vegetable intake and including more grains in your meals are excellent ways to improve your diet.
For example, many people underestimate the nutritional benefits of grains and how easy it is to integrate them into your diet. Specialist grains like quinoa and wholegrain Basmati rice are hearty, robust ingredients loaded with nutritional goodness –perfect as any recipe base.
High in fibre, grains can help lower cholesterol and are a dream to cook with as they soak up flavours like sponges, and are easy to source.
In addition, both basmati and wholegrain basmati are low to medium on the glycemic index, which means they’re digested more slowly and don’t cause sharp spikes in blood sugar levels. Nutritionists have suggested this helps to suppress appetite and keeps you fuller for longer.
Outlined below are some simple ways to incorporate more grains into your diet.
1. Dinner – Add specialist grains to bulk up stews, casseroles and soups e.g. an oven baked risotto using wholegrain basmati.
2. Lunch – A bowl of cooked quinoa or wholegrain rice with a teaspoon of olive oil stirred through, some lemon juice, salt and pepper with a tablespoon of chopped fresh coriander and parsley stirred through.
3. Lunch or Dinner – A steamed or grilled chicken breast with some chopped celery and cubed feta. This dish can be served hot or cold. For alternatively options – substitute the fish for salmon, celery for cherry tomatoes, quinoa for wholegrain rice.
If you are looking for ways to incorporate more grains into your diet this Winter, Tilda® have a series of delicious recipe ideas packed with nutritional goodness. Tilda®’s entire product range contains no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, is easily digestible and gluten free making it ideal for people who are gluten intolerant or diagnosed with coeliac disease.
The Tilda® Steamed Basmati and Tilda® Basmati Dry Rice range is available in Woolworths, Coles and selected independent retailers.Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.