Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult!
Written by: Brandi Monasco
How many times have you told yourself, “I’ll start my diet tomorrow, but it’s SO hard to eat healthy!” While it may seem like it’s difficult at times, especially when you work full time and are trying to juggle the household and the kids, there are ways to make it easier to eat healthy.
1. Don’t Keep Junk Food In The House. Just don’t do it. If you leave that bag of chips or that box of cookies in the pantry, you will be even more tempted to indulge. Instead, make sure that you have a variety of fruits and healthy snacks available for when those munchies hit.
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Air popped popcorn
- Nuts such as almonds and walnuts
2. Don’t Skip Breakfast. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast every day boosts your energy to help you make it through your workday and also helps you to focus better on the task at hand. On top of this, eating breakfast can help give your metabolism a boost; the faster your metabolism, the faster and easier you’ll lose weight. If you find yourself rushed in the mornings, try a fruit smoothie or a banana or apple with peanut butter.
3. Prep Meals Ahead Of Time. If you’re a busy person like the rest of us, prepping and freezing meals can save you a lot of time and a few headaches. You can make a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup and save half of it to use in the next few weeks. Instead of letting it sit in the fridge and go to waste, you now have an instant and healthy frozen meal that you can heat up when you are short on time.
Here are a few other things that you need to remember when trying to eat healthy:
- Stock your fridge and pantry with fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
- Include lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and beans into your diet.
- Make sure that you are consuming a low amount of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugar and salt.
- Make your calories count with the foods that you eat. Make sure that you are eating nutrient-rich foods instead of food that has “empty” calories. Nutrient-rich foods consists of foods that are loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and are low in calories.
- Also make sure to choose foods that are high in protein to make sure that your tummy stays full and satisfied for longer.
- Eat a variety of foods each day instead of focusing on just one type. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and be sure to include more fish and beans into your meal.
Knowing the difference between fats will also help make eating healthy easier. Choose to eat foods that are low in trans fat and saturated fat, but eat more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Also try to make sure that you are consuming more omega-3 fatty acids like what you can find in salmon.
What are some healthy eating tips that work best for you? Please share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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