How to eat healthily in a relationship

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Becoming comfortable around our partners is so, so important, and by all means eat what the hell makes you happy but are you fed up of feeling sluggish after eating your body weight in snacks?

For me, staying healthy and eating clean makes me feel good. Keeping in shape and looking after your body, inside and out, will only promote a healthy lifestyle and make you feel good too.

I love food, and it’s such a social thing to enjoy, but what do you do when it gets to the point where every night is ‘treat night’?

My boyfriend is THE worst for calling me just before he leaves work to ask me if I fancy a little treat for the evening. This usually consists of sweets, chocolate and maybe a cheeky tub of ice-cream.

I have to hold my hand up and say that I do cave into this most weeks. I find it so so hard to find the will-power to turn down a sweet treat.

So, what if there were some tasty, healthier alternatives? Would you opt for that?

I’ll name a few and see if any take your fancy…

  1. Frozen Fruit

Admittedly, fruit does sound VERY healthy, but it’s those natural sugars we need to replace the highly processed sugars we crave. Stick a banana, peeled and ready to go, in the freezer draw and you’ve got yourself a not-so-naughty sweet treat. I’ve also been recommended frozen grapes, but I’m yet to try.

2. Chocolate Fruit

I guess you’ve noticed the fruit theme, but for those of you who just can’t resist those chocolate cravings why not cover a strawberry in a dip of chocolate, stick them in the fridge to go hard, or even have them when the chocolate is still hot (quite a romantic snack really.) A personal favourite of mine however, is dried apricots coated in chocolate and popped in the fridge. Apricots are great for the digestive system and the bowels (not so romantic) and taste amazing- give it a try!

3. Homemade Muesli

No this is not a form of bird food, though it may look like it. But if you have a bit of spare time and like making things, give this a try. I’ve used various nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews, as well as oats and pumpkin seeds, mixed with dried fruits such as mango, pineapple, apricot, accompanied by a spoonful of coconut oil and a few squirts of either hunny or maple syrup. Chop everything up into small pieces mix it all together and then bake it in the oven for twenty minutes- perfect. Pour some natural yoghurt over the top and you get a healthy midnight supper- ideal for sharing with the other half too.

Whilst I appreciate I’ve only given a few, it’s a starting point. What if you try swapping one treat a week for one healthier alternative? See how it makes you feel?

Please, please, please still treat yourselves frequently though. I know I definitely couldn’t make it through a shift at work, or a uni deadline, without a fix of chocolate.