If you want to practice healthy living every day, implementing tried-and-true health tips that help you live and cook healthier is a must.
Take Charge of Breakfast Time
We believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but also realize that it can be the most difficult to fit in. Trying to make a quick and healthy breakfast while tending to the kids and their needs, then fighting through your commute, and rushing to way-too-early morning meetings? Not something you want to encounter every day!
Instead, start your mornings with a healthy and filling breakfast, so that you can kick off your day with energy, and you’ll be less likely to do unhealthy snacking later on.
To help you enjoy nourishing and delicious breakfasts without all the stress, we’ve come up with healthy breakfast ideas that can be made completely ahead of time. In the free, downloadable recipe book below, you’ll find a variety of creative ways to enjoy breakfast burritos, steel cut oatmeal, breakfast sandwiches, and smoothies.
Regardless of how hectic your morning routine is, cooking a good homemade breakfast is now something you never need to worry about. Here’s to your future of powerhouse mornings!
Eat More Veggies
Balance out your meals with the healthy and good-for-you carbs – veggies! Reducing the amount that you eat can be unfilling, so rather than going for a second serving of pasta or meat, add more veggies to your dish. You’ll still be able to enjoy your grains and meat, but you’ll also be able to eat your fill.
Take Advantage of Herbs & Spices
Healthy meals do not have to be bland and boring. A simple way to incorporate more flavor into your dishes is to add dried spices or fresh herbs. They virtually have no calories, so seasoning your food properly maximizes flavor without adding more pesky calories.
Use Small Amounts of Fat
Don’t compromise taste just because an ingredient is high in calories. You can still enjoy richness and flavor by cutting the amount of fat called for in recipes. For example, if a recipe calls for coconut milk, which tends to be high in calories, we use a small amount, so that we can still enjoy the taste, but with fewer calories. Likewise, when cooking with butter or oil, you really don’t need a lot. If you’re worried about the food sticking to the pan, use a non-stick pan.
Incorporate Heart-Healthy Ingredients
Making your diet healthier can be as easy as regularly eating the right ingredients. These ingredients will do your body good, keep you energized throughout the day, decrease your risk of heart disease, and have you feeling better about yourself.
When we say that meals should be balanced, we mean it! We know you won’t want to only eat those 5 heart-healthy ingredients every day. So, enjoy rice, red meat, and butter every now and then, but always keep it in moderation.
In order to stick to a healthy diet, it’s important to not feel like you have to eliminate all your favorite foods just to stay healthy. The main thing is to try to choose a leaner option more often than not. If you had steak for dinner during the week, choose lean ground turkey instead of ground beef for your next meal. Instead of chicken thighs, opt for chicken breasts or seafood.
The concept of “lean” applies to cooking methods, too. Techniques like baking and broiling use a small amount of fat, whereas frying means that the whole food is plunged directly in fat. So, when you’re deciding what to cook for dinner, choose a leaner cooking method like sauteing, roasting, or braising.
Prep Foods on the Weekend
This habit is possibly the hardest one but has immense pay off. It can make the difference between a chaotic kitchen and a calm kitchen. Lindsay Livingston, a registered dietician who is the healthy voice behind the blog The Lean Green Bean, stresses the importance of preparing ingredients ahead of time. Even spending just one hour of prep on Sunday can help you stay on track to eat healthy during the week instead of grabbing take-out at the end of the day.