I think at some level we all want to eat healthier. We know that developing healthy eating habits has so many great benefits, We feel better, we have more energy, we look better. In short, we just ARE better when we eat healthy!
Unfortunately, reality slips in and we find ourselves craving those cookies we pass at the grocery store bakery, our schedules are filled to the brim so we quickly grab dinner from the drive thru at the local fast food restaurant, and all those carbs just simply taste so yummy. It’s so much easier to NOT eat healthy.
I believe healthy living should be about balance and what works best for your own personal lifestyle. There are many ways we can eat healthier, but still enjoy the cookies (just not as many of them!) and still make an occasional trip through the drive thru. I also think if we find easy ways to make our meals and snacks healthier, then we are more likely to carry that change with us for years to come instead of for just a few weeks or months.
These are a few tips that I find make a huge difference. Try a few and before you know it, you’ll be wanting to incorporate more into your daily lifestyle.
1. Drink coffee and tea black. No adding cream or sugar.
2. Eat smaller portion sizes. — If you have a hard time serving food in smaller portions, you can try using smaller plates.
3. Roast instead of fry. Instead of frying your potatoes, okra, and other veggies, throw them on a baking sheet pan, add a little olive oil and dried herbs and roast them.
4. Do away with processed snacks. Non-processed foods will always be healthier. Even if you choose to snack on cookies, homemade cookies will still be healthier than store bought cookies.
5. Take your lunch to work at least once a week.
6. Eat your vegetables first. You feel full faster and eat less protein and carbohydrates.
7. Instead of a glass of fruit juice, eat the whole fruit. The process of making fruit juice takes away many of the nutrients found in the fruit, including all the natural fiber.
8. Sweeten shakes and smoothies naturally with dates.
9. Cut the amount of fat in dips by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
11. When baking, use almond flour instead of wheat flour. Almond flour is lower in carbohydrates, rich in Vitamin E and minerals like magnesium and potassium. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, this is also a a good choice as almond flour is gluten-free.
12. Bake crispy chicken with almonds instead of flour or breadcrumbs. If you’ve never tried this before, here’s a great recipe for crispy chicken using both almonds and almond milk.
13. Sneak in chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds when baking. Chia seeds and flax seeds are great in granola and muffins. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted for a healthy snack or added to puddings and salads.
What are some of the simply ways that you eat healthier?