Super Easy Ways to Start Eating Healthier
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Honestly, overall we lead a pretty healthy lifestyle but my kids still get their fruit loops sometimes! There’s just a difference in how much they get to eat and how often I buy it. For example, I recently bought a box of fruit loops last week for the first time in 3-4 months. My kids could eat the fruit loops for breakfast, but only one bowl. After that one bowl if they were still hungry they could eat a healthier cereal that we had in the house.
I know it can be soo much easier to buy what they will eat better, but you know what? The kids will fill up much much more on 1 bowl of Special K or 1 bowl of yogurt than eating 2 bowls of fruit loops or corn pops.
Simple Ways to Get Healthier Meals (more nutrition)
This one is easy. Super easy. Are you making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner? Just add in shredded zucchini. I promise they will never know(and most likely neither will your husband.) I add the shredded zucchini to the hot sauce and stick in my immersion blender for a minute or two. Depending on how picky your eaters are you may not need to do this.
You can even do this with a broth soup, but only blend half of the veggies.
Enjoy your starches though? Then don’t worry, just replace half of the serving! So do half the serving your starch, and replace the other half with a veggie) Eating spaghetti? Try zoodles instead(zucchini noodles) I love using this spiralizer for that! Or not a fan of zoodles? Use spaghetti squash. If you normally serve spaghetti and meatballs(or lasagna) with garlic bread, serve it with Cesar salad instead.
Or if you really love having your garlic bread with it- don’t omit it, but just do half the amount you normally do and add a Cesar salad too.
A really easy way to add more nutrients to every meal is to add a salad or a second veggie. Honestly, if you like having that starch in your meal, then do it. We do. Seriously. Every night. But just make less starch and more veggies. In all honesty, if you have a big family it can get expensive to not have them fill up on some starch. So just be smart about it!
Instead of using white rice use brown rice or quinoa!
Who has time to cut up all the veggies that go in a recipe anyways??
You do mama! In these 2-minute video lessons learn the tricks to cutting up each veggie quickly so that you can spend less time making dinner every night!
"I consider myself pretty skilled with using a knife when prepping dinner every night, but I learned some new skills too..." -- Renee
Do you always eat until the food is gone or until you are stuffed? I know I always did! And still to this day I have to tell myself to stop eating- you don’t have to eat until your full to have had enough food! Eating the proportions you need can go a long way in your journey to eating healthy! I’m giving you a printable for the serving sizes that are recommended you eat, but remember, these are recommendations!
An easy way to start eating the proportions you need to is by starting with one part of your meal at a time. Like having the correct portion size for your proteins, leaving the rest of the plate alone. Then after a few days or even a week, do the next section, eating the correct portion size for your starch or grains, and so on.
By making small changes at a time, and slowly teaching your body that you do not need to over stuff yourself when eating, you will be able to make this change!
Don’t try to change the portion size to half the amount for all your meals, all in one day, because I promise, either evening will come and you will be so hungry and eat way more snack foods than you need.
Replace fats with healthy fats.
Believe it or not, you are much better off using real butter than vegetable oil. I promise you its true. Yes, there is more fat, but it’s a healthier fat. Or use olive oil, avocado oil. Go for the oil that has the least amount of saturated fat. Fats aren’t bad for you if you have them in moderation. Saturated fats on the other had are bad. No matter how little there are. So just limit the saturated ones!
This goes for those cookies to, use butter- not margarine. Even replace the margarine with half butter and half coconut oil if you don’t want to go all the way with butter. And not only will your cookies taste so much better, but the fats that you are eating will actually be fats that are much better for you! Especially if your replacing half of those with coconut oil.
See? By making simple little changes to your eating habits suddenly makes it healthier! You don’t need to go on fad diets (because we all know that no diet is going to last unless you make it a lifestyle change.) I use these simple little tricks to eat healthier every day!
Also, did you know that buying a block of cheese and a box of crackers for your late night snack will cost you just as much as your bags of chips? Or if you eat a couple oz cheese and a handful of grapes instead of half that bag of chips? Not only that, but you’ll feel so much better about yourself because you ate healthier! Not junk food, and didn’t feed it to your family either!
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