Alice Liveing, AKA Clean Eating Alice, knows a lot about healthy eating. A diet and health guru, she spends her days training and coming up with lip-smacking dishes composed of large quantities of fresh fruit and veg.
With everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Leonardo DiCaprio embracing the veggie vibe, we talked to the health expert about what it takes to get more veg into our diets, and how we can achieve a more balanced diet overall.
Here's her checklist for healthier eating:
Up your fruit and veg intake
'Eat lots of fruit and veg, seeds and pulses. It’s impossible to over-praise how good these nutrient-rich foods are for us. A diet with more fruit and vegetables (and less processed meat) closely follows the Eatwell Guide to a balanced diet.'
Try Meat-Free Monday
So, for those of you who saw my snapchat, I'm not on my way to Croatia �� but I am making the most of a bad situation and planning a day of fun with @zannavandijk and @tallyrye ���� I made a quickie breakfast before flying out the door, of some courgette noodles, topped with fresh avocado, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, toasted seeds and poached eggs! Zanna and I are also heading down to Brighton tomorrow, so if you guys have any foodie recommendations please do let me know! It was one of my favourite places I visited whilst on tour with the show and I can't wait to go back! #CleanEatingAlice #TheBodyBible #Breakfast
'If you think you’d struggle to give up meat completely, take a more integrative approach, rather than an all-or-nothing one. Set aside one day a week to being veggie. Have a ‘meat-free Monday’, then make a conscious effort for the rest of the week to include as much fruit and veg in your meals as you can with or without meat and/or fish.'
Tonight's dinner �� peri peri roasted sweet potato and parsnip fries, Cajun chicken thighs, fresh rocket, avocado, spicy salsa and roasted tomatoes! Head over to snapchat to see some behind the scenes snaps! I'm now going to tuck into some seriously scrummy dessert and chill out ���� what's everyone up to this weekend? #CleanEatingAlice #TheBodyBible #Dinner
'Make it more exciting by experimenting with fruit and veg from all over the world. If you’re watching the calories, you can pile your plate high without the guilt!'
Substitute, substitute, substitute
Tonight's warming bowl of yumminess is filled with grilled turkey breast in a tomato, chilli and garlic sauce, with spicy quinoa and wholegrain rice by @seedsofchange (it's on my snapchat) garden peas, chopped coriander and a drizzle of lemon juice! After I cooked this I popped it into a Tupperware to take to work ��! The recipe for this dish will be up on my website when it launches very soon so stay tuned! I hope you've all had a great day ��
'You can buy ‘wonky’ veg from Asda that tastes just as good but is cheaper. Substitute meat with tofu and quinoa (both great sources of protein) or lentils.'
Gradually does it
Tonight's dinner �� chilli and lime grilled salmon on a warm brown rice, tomato, red onion, pea and rocket salad, with an added sprinkle of toasted seeds! This was a throw it all in a bowl and hope it tastes alright kind of dinner �� but is a delicious combo of protein, carbs and fats and ended up being pretty damn tasty too! #CleanEatingAlice #TheBodyBible #Dinner
'Don’t make too many dramatic changes to your diet or you’ll never stick to it. Gradually introduce more plant-based sources and it will be much easier.'
Clean Eating Alice: The Body Bible by Alice Liveing, published by Harper Thorsons and is available in selected stores now.