Make an effort in the kitchen for fast, nutritional meals
MOST of us have a desire to eat healthier and now is as good a time as any to get stuck into it.
And it should all start at dinnertime.
This week marks National Nutrition Week and Mackay's Red E Personal Training's Selina Wright said this year's focus was about educating people to cook something healthy in the kitchen instead of getting takeaway.
In a town like Mackay, where many workers have shifts and are time poor when it comes to cooking, Ms Wright has some tips.
"Like we say, you can't get faster food than peeling a banana," she said.
"And a stir-fry doesn't take long to whip up. You can buy pre-cut vegetables and pre-cut meats and chicken, if you don't have time to cut your own.
"There is no excuse."
Project Dinnertime - the Nutrition Week's focus - isn't just about finding time to cook, it also aims to improve people's knowledge, skills and confidence.
"Have fun with it," Ms Wright said.
"People need to be prepared and know how to create a healthy meal instead of going for a quick fix."
If you do need to get takeaway, there are still healthy options.
"You can buy pre-made salads these days and with a tin of tuna, you can't get faster than that," she said.
If you know you're going to have a late one, be prepared.
"Cook double the night before and have leftovers," Ms Wright suggested.
Red E Personal Training is on board with this year's Nutrition Week. They've developed a competition where people post their healthy dinners on their Facebook page, which will be judged.
"That's where we're trying to encourage people to have a go at it themselves," Ms Wright said.
HERE are some tips from trainer Selina Wright on swapping unhealthy things for a healthier alternative:
Natural or Greek yoghurt instead of cream or sour cream. "It just lowers the bad content," Ms Wright said.
Avocado instead of margarine
When baking, try swapping sugar for pure apple puree
Replace dried fruit with fresh fruit. Some dried fruits are preserved in sugar
Eat a rice cake with avocado instead of a muesli bar
Replacing chocolate with dark chocolate is "a little better" Ms Wright said.