Eating healthy can be a challenge.
There are so many different diet plans out there, some better than others. if you are searching for information on eating healthy, it can definitely get confusing since what’s “good for us” seems to change daily. When it comes right down to it though, you want an eating plan that is sustainable for a lifetime (no more yo-yo dieting!), is easy to understand, provides a wide range of nutrients, tastes good (let’s face it…if it doesn’t taste good, it’s not likely to make it onto future menus!), is affordable and uses food that is readily available in grocery stores, farm stands, etc. I may not be a nutritionist or doctor or your typical “expert”…my expertise comes from having lost a huge amount of weight (120 lbs) through healthy eating and exercise (no surgery) and keeping it off for over a year so far. I’ve lived it; I’ve done it; so can you.
Eating healthy made easy? Enter fruits and veggies…
Newsflash: No one ever got fat by eating too many fruits and veggies.
The secret to using fruits and veggies as part of your eating healthy plan? It’s not much of a secret, but here it is…keep it simple. Mother Nature makes pretty perfect food. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and more, and they have about 4 calories per berry. So go ahead and indulge in fresh, sweet strawberries every day if you want (try drizzling a little bit of a good balsamic vinegar on them…yum!)…as long as they are not turned into strawberry shortcake or dipped in chocolate. I’m not saying you can never have them in shortcake or dipped in chocolate, but that should be a much more occasional treat.
When it comes to eating healthy veggies, again, keep it simple. It’s not the veggie that contains the calories and fat; it’s the butter or sauces we put on them or the oil we cook them in. Try roasting them with a spritz of olive oil (it doesn’t take much) and spices, grilling them (I find I don’t need to add anything when I’m putting them directly on grill), or create a foil packet (again, use a spritz of olive oil) with all your veggies and spices and throw it on the grill or in the oven (best part, no cleanup!). If you are sauteing, use the least amount of oil you can…let the taste of the veggies shine through. Veggies are a great opportunity to experiment with spices too. Try different combinations out and see what you like. When in doubt, pick up some of the Mrs. Dash spice blends…different varieties and no salt). But if you want to experiment on your own, here is a handy (and printable) herb and spice chart I like.
Of course, there are more components to eating healthy, but we’ll talk about those in future posts. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss it. For today, fill your grocery basket with a rainbow of fruits and veggies, display them so they are easy to grab and go, keep the prep super simple, and most of all…
ENJOY EATING HEALTHY!!
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