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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > August 2016 > SHORTCUTS for HEALTHY EATERS


How to eat healthier: PART 3

Summer days should mean less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors soaking up some much-needed vitamin D. This month, I’m sharing my top tips for fast-tracking healthy eating, with ingredients and gadgets that can help speed up the time it takes to get nutritious meals on the table.

THE CONVENIENCE FOOD market is saturated with ways to save us time in the kitchen, but the options are often unhealthy and expensive. With some sound advice, sensible shopping and a well-stocked storecupboard, though, getting a satisfying meal on the table can be both healthy and economical. In fact, a few time-saving products can be the key to pulling together nutritious tasty meals in hardly any time at all.


One person’s idea of a cheat ingredient may be another’s everyday essential, so we’re not going to stand in judgement if you buy ready-grated cheese or pre-sliced veg – but there’s usually a price to pay for having the work done for you. Of course, some products really are worth paying a little extra for, while others work out cheaper than buying the ingredients to make the same thing from scratch. Below are a few of my favourites, which I always keep to hand.


Cool, then freeze in sealed bags. When you want a quick supper, tip the pasta into a pan and cover with boiling water. Leave for 1 min to thaw and heat through, then drain and toss with some veg and pesto.

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In August's HFG, find out about the new diet for heart health and how to reverse the damage, get nutrition advice on the cheaper everyday 'superfoods' and how to shrink you waist with the playground trend that works. Plus follow our low-calorie holiday diet planner so you're in ship-shape for the sunshine.