2018-09-18

Top 5 Organic September healthy alternatives

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Organic September isn’t over yet!

Whether you are on a weight loss journey or you are simply hoping to make positive changes to your diet in order to take control of sugar cravings, there are so many organic food options to consider which could help you do just that.  

Here at The Hospital Group, what we love most about organic food is knowing exactly what goes into our meals. Being certified as organic means that the food will be free from genetically modified ingredients as well as containing no artificial colours or preservatives, so you can enjoy simple, good food as nature intended it to be. You can read all about the nutritional benefits of choosing to go organic on our Organic September blog here.

But before you stock up on organic foodstuffs, you will need to look out for an EU Green Leaf or the Soil Association organic symbol on the packaging in order to be sure that what you are buying is genuinely certified as organic.


Here are our top 5 healthy alternatives for Organic September to reach for when you are craving chocolate:

 

1. Start with breakfast

Avoid the lure of the mid-morning snack – as well as the temptation to snack throughout the day by fuelling up at breakfast on organic goodness! Here are just three simple ideas to get on board with Organic September and to curb your sugar cravings at the very start of the day:

- Add organic yoghurt to your morning granola bowl

- Switch up your toast with organic butter and a wholemeal loaf

- Rethink the classic omelette with free-range eggs and organic ingredients

 

2. Reach for the fruit bowl instead

Manage your sugary sweet cravings by snacking on fruit (organic, of course!) to keep you going in between meals, choose fibre-rich options like apples, bananas, strawberries and raspberries to keep you fuller for longer. But if it’s something sweet you really crave then mangoes, lychees and watermelon will do the trick! 


3. Can I have seeds with that?

But not just seeds…beans and pulses too! We would recommend munching on chia seeds for their high nutritional value and low calorie content – they are also rich in fibre and healthy omega-3 fatty acids!

 

4. Add plenty of your fibre to your diet

As well as being good for digestive health, it is a well known fact that fibre-rich food can help reduce hunger by keeping us satisfied for longer between meals. Some great sources of natural fibre all include:

- Organic, grainy wholewheat breakfast cereals

- Starchy foods like organic potatoes with the skin left on! Despite common misconception, a baked potato can be a very healthy option as long as they aren’t loaded with calorific toppings and lashings of butter. 

- Add a portion of organic vegetables at mealtimes – broccoli, carrots, peas and sweetcorn are all rich is dietary fibre.

 

5. …and finally if you really can’t resist your sugar cravings then opt for dark organic chocolate!

In fact, the darker the better! If you are craving chocolate and nothing else will do then make sure you choose a bar with at least 70% cocoa or more, as dark chocolate is often high in antioxidants as well as lower in sugar content than its milk relations.

Have you tried time and time again to make changes to your diet but it’s just not enough? It may be time to consider weight loss surgery… and with our expert team of surgeons, specialist nurses and bariatric dieticians we will make sure you get the support you need.

 

At The Hospital Group, we’re here to look after you. As UK market leaders in weight loss management, we offer advice you can trust, treatment based on your individual needs, and guidance throughout your journey with us.

Make today count and take the first step by getting in touch for your free consultation.

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