This recipe was written in collaboration with Iceland.
Serves 4 people
-Defrost your prawns in advance.
-Heat the oil in a large non stick frying pan.
-Once the oil is hot add the spinach clusters, and turn them occasionally to help them defrost a little faster.
-After 2-3mins add the courgette and quinoa mix.
-Once the vegetables start to soften, add the (defrosted) prawns.
-Stir well to make sure all the food is warmed through properly.
-Finally chop the parsley finely and fold through the mix, then serve with a squeeze of lemon.
How to stay motivated on your health journey:
Don’t go it alone!
Find a friend who is looking to make better food choices and share the load. This will help you feel more accountable for your actions and therefore make you more likely to stay on track. Plus, the hand slap when you’re reaching for choccie bar number two is always one well received… after a few minutes!
Make realistic changes to your habits.
Think simply! For example, try changing a daily snack from a packet of crisps to a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts rather than trying to remove all snacks consumed throughout the day. Or why not try cooking from scratch 3 times a week, rather than setting yourself the time consuming task and whipping up a JO masterpiece 3 times a day, 7 days a week. Healthy food is easy to buy on the go these days, so there’s no point putting huge amounts of pressure on yourself! These small changes will also have a knock on positive effect to your diet and mental state. No one likes to ‘fall of the wagon’ so don’t sign yourself up for failure!
Don’t blacklist certain foods.
See your diet as a spectrum. There are foods that you should eat everyday such as fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, poultry, fish, eggs, etc. There are also foods that can pop into your meals a few times a week such as red meat and dried fruit. Finally there are the foods that should only really creep in once or twice a week in a controlled portion like sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and alcohol. Now, please do not think you are doomed to failure if you eat these foods, just try to be aware of their frequency and volume.
Variety is key!
Not only does a diverse diet ensure that you are getting the correct micronutrients, it also keeps food exciting. No one wants to eat a bowl of raw kale and carrot sticks for every meal! ‘Healthy’ foods can be just as delicious as ‘unhealthy’ foods, often even more so!
Avoid cheat days.
Over consumption of fast food and sugar is only going to leave your cravings sky high and your energy levels rock bottom. Let yourself have a little ‘treat’ everyday instead. Some of our favourites are a few squares of dark chocolate, or some greek yogurt mixed with protein powder.