Happy Wednesday lovelies! Now that it’s a new year and one of our resolutions is probably to be healthier, today I’m going to be sharing 5 tips on transitioning into a healthier diet!
1. MAKE WATER A PRIORITY.
Water flushes toxins out of your body, makes digestion easier, and helps with cravings. I’ve also seen lots of people attribute their clear and glowing skin to drinking lots of water.
Here’s how I get more water into my system:
- Pick water over soda when going out to eat. Over time, it’ll become a habit; plus, it’s free!
- Keep only water in the house. This way, you won’t be tempted to reach for a soda or juice when you want something sweet.
- Carry a water bottle with you in your bag or backpack to stay hydrated when you’re out all day!
- If water gets too boring for you, try flavoring your water with fruit, reap the health benefits of drinking tea or drink a smoothie.
- Drink water before and after your meals. Drinking a glass of water before and after you eat makes you fuller, so you won’t eat as much!
2. TRY OUT ENDLESS SALAD COMBOS.
Salads seem like just a bunch of veggies, but once you get a little creative, they can be way more fun to eat because of the variety of ingredients you can put in it.
Try these combos:
- Chicken salad with parmesan cheese and avocado
- Baked salmon salad with cherry tomatoes and spinach
- Mixed greens salad with tofu, boiled eggs, carrots, broccoli, and cucumber
- Fruit salad with berries, mandarin oranges, feta cheese, and walnuts
- Mixed greens with kale, quinoa, artichoke hearts, tofu, and alfafa
And don’t even get me started on vinaigrettes/dressings! Feel free to mix and match to your preferences; don’t force yourself to eat what you don’t like as much. I think salad bars are a great place to start because they have so much to choose from; then once you figure out what you like, you can make your own salads at home!
Not only can salads be made with lots of different ingredients, they can always be a side dish or a full-on meal!
3. SANDWICHES ARE ALSO A VERSATILE STAPLE.
Ah, sandwiches. If we thought that salads yielded so many different tastes, sandwiches are just as fun. Not only are there so many different ingredients like salads, there’s also plenty of bread options.
- Avocado toast with cherry tomatoes
- Veggie sandwiches
- Peanut butter (and jelly, bananas, etc) sandwich
- BLT sandwich
- Pesto chicken sandwiches
- Tuna sandwiches
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
And of course, the list goes on. You can switch out these ingredients as you please to make an endless amount of sandwiches to chow down on during your lunch break. The only other tips I would give are to toast whole wheat bread and add those veggies!
4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE UP PASTA.
Pasta is one of my favorite foods, but we’ve always heard that carbs are bad. However, switching out a few ingredients can make it a lot healthier.
Try this next time you make a pasta dish:
- Switch to whole-wheat pasta. There’s not a big difference between regular pasta and whole wheat pasta, especially if it’s made with flavorful ingredients.
- Make your own sauce. This way, you can control what goes into your pasta sauce.
- Load it up with healthy ingredients. Like I’ve been mentioning with sandwiches and salads, vegetables are always a great addition to a dish. There’s a wide variety of pasta dishes for meat lovers, pescatarians, vegetarians and so on, so there’s lots of different options.
5. ALWAYS HEAD TO THE PRODUCE SECTION FIRST.
Going into a grocery store can be daunting when you’re craving junk food, or even worse, hungry. But my best shopping tip is to head straight to the fruits and veggies first! Once you load up your cart with produce, you’ll be less likely to wander over to the chips section and you’ll find yourself making your way to the register instead.
So those are my tips to eat healthier! I hope you found this helpful and let’s all start feeding our bodies with good food this year! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you lovelies soon!