With lifestyle disease on the rise in the Western world, people are becoming more aware of healthy living. Food is the fuel for your body and as the saying goes, "You are what you eat."
We live in an incredible, modern, fast-paced world and it's no mean feat to make healthy choices when bombarded with an array of quick, easy, tempting and addictive processed food.
In an ideal world, we would all support our local neighbourhood farmer's market and bring home fresh, organic produce every day and prepare whole food meals from scratch. But that world is far removed for most of us.
Fortunately, the universe is in tune with our needs.
Nuking food might not be everyone's idea of 'healthy.' You may have noticed that the contents of microwave meals have become more wholesome in general and hopefully packaging will keep up. There are online companies like FitChef that now deliver healthy pre-packaged food to your doorstep. All you need to do is heat it up when you're hungry!
The vending machine
The epitome of convenience: vending machines; notorious for being loaded with unhealthy snacks, are undergoing a makeover. In South Africa, look out for brand-spanking new ultra healthy vending machines in your office or at your college. 'Servd Fresh' is the first company to bring fresh and healthy food vending machines to South Africa. This service offers businesses the opportunity to provide delicious, freshly prepared, wholesome meals, smoothies and snacks for their staff at the touch of a button!
Healthy restaurants and eateries are popping up all over the place and are offering delicious whole foods and catering to a variety of food allergies and lifestyles. In Cape Town, you can find the all-vegan Plant Café and the world's first 'Banting' restaurant.
Fast food and convenience food
Although you will still have to make your own smart choices, healthier items have cropped up on fast food menus and on supermarket shelves.
Does your office or school need healthier convenience food and is it worth the extra cost?
If you prefer to make it yourself, try these 5 healthy salad recipes.