Friday July 31, 2020
In a world where we have the world’s information at our fingertips, one would think being able to live a healthy life would be easy. Unfortunately, marketing and convenience makes it harder than ever to find the time or reliable information to make healthy choices. Below are some simple ideas to get you on the #HealthyEating path!
Check the nutrition label before you buy.
Sugar free, fat free, low carb are mostly advertising gimmicks. If you look at the nutrition label you will more than likely see a list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. A great rule of thumb: If you can’t pronounce it, you body can’t process it. This can lead to increased food cravings and your body feeling unsatisfied.
Don't skip meals.
You have our permission: EAT! SNACK! Eating regularly throughout the day maintains your metabolism, energy levels, and blood sugar. This can help keep sugar and caffeine cravings at bay. Strong food cravings usually indicate the body is low in a specific nutrient. Learn what your food cravings mean here!
Keep healthy snacks handy.
The easiest way to make sure you maintain a regular eating schedule is to have healthy snacks on hand. You can keep these tasty goodies in your desk, gym bag, purse, cupboard, or the fridge. Or, simply keeping a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen counter will bring your snacking to the next healthy level. Having a hard time keeping fruit fresh? Try “snack prepping” fresh fruit and veggies and storing these slices in containers in the fridge. This way you’ll have quick on-the-go snacks that can help you resist the temptation of purchasing processed high trans fat snacks or going to a drive thru for a meal. Click here for more healthy swaps
Cook at home more.
Is it worth investing 30-45 minutes at home preparing dinner? Think about this: When you prepare dishes yourself, you are 100% in control of which ingredients are going into your body. In most cases, buying fresh and dry ingredients is cheaper compared to going out everyday.
Don't assume all smoothies are healthy.
Speaking of cooking at home, smoothies can definitely be a healthy meal option. Fresh veggies, fruits, almond milk, hemp, and chia seeds are great ingredient options.
Did you know? Most pre packaged smoothies often contain more than 50 grams of sugar!
Click here for a healthy low sugar smoothie recipe
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. The USDA requires organic crops to be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, GMOs, petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
Organic produce contains:
- 19% higher levels of phenolic acids
- 69% higher levels of flavanones
- 28% higher levels of stilbenes
- 26% higher levels of flavones
- 50% higher levels of flavonols
- 51% higher levels of anthocyanins
These numbers equate to an additional one to two additional servings of fruits and veggies compared to consuming conventionally grown produce!