It depends on how you’re feeling, I suppose, but let’s be honest, even the healthiest among us are prone to the cravings that burgers and fries and their accompanying soda streams bring. This is usually because of the so-called modern lifestyles that we’ve become accustomed to. Those of you who are so conscious about your figures and keeping your waistlines to satisfactory levels which also allow you to slip into your sexiest outfits without any extra huffs are probably ok for now because you’re all eating mostly salads and will run a mile at the first whiff of a take-out joint.

Lucky for you, you’re all off the hook because the salad thing is actually quite good for you. But even still, you don’t get off lightly. You still need your protein and most meat products supply you with this essential ingredient. But, again, health nuts or weight-watchers are in luck. While they won’t be touching burgers and fries, they can still derive the benefits of protein-enriched organic meat cuts, minus the fat. And even with all the fat hacked away, it will be better to grill your favorite steaks or cutlets on an oven tray or lightly coat the meat with healthy olive oil and pan-fry quickly.

Staunch vegetarians will be quick to tell us that they can avoid meat altogether and get the inherent benefits of protein from a whole variety of nuts. But newcomers to this dietary experiment need to be a little careful. Don’t think of indulging in a savory packet of salted cashew nuts as a great healthy snacking alternative to eating crisps. Eat too much of this and you’ll feel bloated. Also, salted nuts are just as bad as salted crisps. No salt, if you please.

Where good, healthy eating habits are concerned, salads are probably king, or queen, as the case may be. Eating medium-sized portions can be ideal as a meal on its own, particularly if you’re serious about going vegan. Try sourcing fresh, organic vegetables the next time you decide to put a few salad meals together. You’ll soon notice a distinct difference in taste from what you usually buy at the supermarket. And what better way to being wholly organic than to grow your own vegetables? Even if you’re living in a small apartment like me you can still find some space in your kitchen or on your balcony to plant your own lettuce and tomatoes.

Some meat-lovers, particularly the burger and bucket fans, say eating salads is quite boring. Let’s face it, they are in denial and the craving for sugar and processed junk, harmful to them in the extreme, is just too strong. Their craving is so strong that they simply cannot find any place in their tummies for the poor bland pieces of lettuce and tomatoes, dressed up as a garnish. And if they are kind enough to give their stomachs a break they usually splotch these bits and pieces of lettuce with salad dressings high in fat content, colorants and sugar.

Little did they know that the lettuce family is blessed with many cousins. There are so many varieties to choose from. So too, tomatoes, onions, peppers and potatoes. Go to any newsagent or bookstore, even the internet, and you will find dozens of salad recipes to choose from. The beauty of these healthy, green options is that it takes very little time and effort to prepare. Helpless in the kitchen? No problem. Tired of standing in queues waiting for your take-out order of junk? Prepare your own salad. Easy to do, it will take a lot quicker to prepare and your body will be thanking you for a long time to come.

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