1.Plan meals in advance
Try and plan your meals and snacks a week ahead. This will help ensure you have the right ingredients to prepare your meals. When doing your shopping make a list of the food items you need to buy.
2.Set meal times
Where possible try and maintain a routine. Setting meal times will help keep you and your family from snacking on less healthy foods.
3.Try and cook from scratch more
4.Keep healthy snacks around
Boredom can increase snacking. It is ok to snack if you are hungry, but try to ensure you choose healthier snacks where possible, examples include:
5.Consider taking a Vitamin D supplement
The government advises that all adults and children over 4 years old take 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day during autumn and winter. This is because you may not make enough vitamin D from limited sunlight in the UK between October and April. Vitamin D helps keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
Vitamin D is found only in a small number of foods – oily fish (for example, salmon, sardines, mackerel), red meat, liver and liver products, egg yolk and foods that have been fortified with vitamin D such as breakfast cereals and some margarine and butter.
You should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D all year round if:
If you are not sure about safely taking a vitamin D supplement, please talk to you doctor.