It can seem overwhelming to make healthy changes to your daily diet, but it’s much easier than you may think! We’ve got 4 simple tips to help you eat better every day of the week!
1) Skip the Processed Food
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: one of the biggest issues with poor health simply comes from highly processed and refined food-like products that line the supermarket shelves. Your absolute first goal in creating a healthier diet should be to avoid or significantly reduce these processed items! This is everything from replacing your bottled salad dressing with a homemade dressing, to avoiding potato chips and cookies. Remove them from your home, and simply save them for days when you’re at a family barbecue, or traveling. If you really can’t give up all things processed, check out some of these tips for healthier substitutions for your favorite processed meals.
2) Plan to Eat and Cook in Bulk
A big problem with our diets today has at least as much to do with lifestyle as with food choices. When we’re stressed and busy and hungry, we can’t resist the wafting scent of fast food burgers. Instead of succumbing to these temptations, you should actually plan to eat, as in, make plans for your weekly meals, and buy or cook in bulk. Family size entrees from Get Fresh are at least two servings, so you can easily buy family size meals, one big bag of apples and one bag of baby carrots, and you’ll have lunch, dinner, and snack time covered for the entire week. You can also double your favorite recipes and stuff the extras in the freezer. You can chop, cook, and clean once, but enjoy the dish for multiple meals!
3) Snack on Vegetables
Skip the 100-calorie packs all together and opt for carrot sticks, homemade kale chips, a small spinach salad, or veggie kebabs. You can also make fun cucumber stacks and celery boats for kids. For most people, simply changing the way they snack can completely alter their daily nutritional profile, and snacking on vegetables is the perfect way to get more nutrient-dense foods into your diet instead of filling up on junk.
4) Avoid Drinking Sugar
While dieting fads and trends take turns vilifying the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat) one thing everyone agrees upon is the negative impact of sugar on your health. We may never kick the sugar habit, but one thing you can do for both weight loss and a healthier immune system is to simply stop drinking your sugar. Try to eat an orange instead of drinking a 12-oz glass of Tropicana, skip the soda and try seltzer water with fresh fruit, and avoid beverages mixed with energy drinks at bars as much as possible. Consider a sugary drink more of a monthly treat rather than a daily indulgence. Sweeten your beverages with fresh fruit or date syrup, and skip the high fructose corn syrup and cane sugar!