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Many of us will have started January with a confident ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra and resolutions that probably dwindled somewhere around the 10th, but it’s never too late to make a change or give those resolutions another try. With most people aiming to eat better, be healthier or be more organised in 2018, here are some simple tips to get you started.

Organise Your Time??

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Whether you’re running around after the kids, working a 9 to 5, or both, time is precious and the majority of us are short of it. Use your time more effectively by planning your week in advance. Write down what you are going to eat for breakfastyellow throw pillows, lunch and dinner on a meal planner and what ingredients you will need for each meal. This will also form the basis of your weekly shopping list which can be used to avoid impulse buying and unnecessary spending during the weekly food shop. Try sticking to the rule that if it’s not on the list, it’s not going in the trolley (even if that means ditching that chocolate at the checkout). Not only will this help you eat better by cutting down on impulse purchases but it will cut down food waste, the amount you spend and the amount of time it takes to do your weekly shop.

Clear Out Your Cupboards

Out of date pesto is definitely not healthy, so take the time to go through your fridge and cupboards to clear out any food past its best. Continue to create space in your kitchen by transferring staple goods such as cereals and raw ingredients into stackable containers, as these will fit into your cupboard easily rather than playing Tetris with loose bags and packets. Kilner storage jars also look a lot prettier than cereal boxes and pasta packets, so show them off by creating a feature display with storage jars, cook books and other items on open shelves in your kitchen.?Need help in clearing out other areas of your home? Check out more tips in our post on The New Year Declutter.

Cook in Batches??

Dishes like soup are super easy to make a large quantity of in a short amount of time. Make your favourite or a few different flavours, separate into portion sized containers and freeze. Ready to be reheated for quick and healthy lunch at your leisure. As well as soup, other dishes that work well include Chilli Con Carne and Bolognese. These can be great mid-week meals for when you’re short on time and work well for busy families that need to eat at various times. By separating the meals into portions that can be warmed up quickly when they are needed, means that Bethany can eat her tea before she goes to her dance lesson while Mum and Dad can eat when Dad gets in from work at 6.30pm, without multiple meals having to be made or any of the family having to eat unhealthy convenience food.

Top Tip – Remember to label your soup with the date it was made and what flavour it is. Take it from experience, there is nothing more disappointing than thinking you are having carrot and coriander only to taste past-its-best pumpkin soup from Halloween.

Prep It Now (and thank yourself later)

Healthy recipes aren’t always the most convenient and when you’ve come in from a long day at work the last thing you want to do is to be cooking for hours, so why not do the prep beforehand? Take some time out on a Sunday afternoon and look at what part of each recipe you can prepare in advance. Having Courgetti Bolognese on Wednesday night? Spiralize your veg in advance and store it in the fridge so they are ready to go straight into the pan – a Kilner spiralizer makes things super easy as the spirals go straight into the jar! You could also use a box grater to grate and store all of your cheese instead of paying a premium for the ready-grated kind.

Use your meal plan to help organise what you can plan and when. For example if you plan to have salad for lunch each day, chop up all of the veg that you like, separate into containers and store in the fridge. Then before you head to work quickly chuck a bit of pre-chopped veg together with some salad leaves, cooked meat, nuts or cheese – using different combinations each day to mix things up a bit. Take your salad to the next level using the Kilner Snack To Go Jar that allows you to keep wet and dry ingredients separate. Simply put your salad in the jar and store your salad dressing in the stainless steel tub that sits on top, then just mix the two when you are ready to eat.

Drink More Water

Swap those fizzy drinks, tea and coffee for good old-fashioned water. Not only is water cheaper, but it has no calories, sugars or caffeine that can damage your teeth and your sleep. Drinking plenty of fluids can also help avoid dehydration which has symptoms including tiredness, headaches and dizziness.? There is nothing more difficult than trying to be productive when you are tired or have a headache, so staying hydrated is the key to getting stuff done. The NHS recommend that we drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day (which includes tea, coffee, low fat milk and sugar free drinks), so get yourself a water bottle and use a pen to mark on the bottle how much you aim to drink by certain points in the day. We aim to drink a standard bottle of water by lunchtime.

It’s Not Just What You Put Into Your Body

Your kitchen is organised and you’re eating well but there’s one more step before you become your new and improved self: exercise. Love it or loathe it, exercise (while grueling) can have a great impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. We don’t all have the time or budget for a gym membership so start off slow with some simple yoga you can do at home, then pick up the pace with some skipping or a jog around the block.

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