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8 Easy Ways to Eat to a Healthier You

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April 07, 2016 · 1.8k Views
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We should all strive to eat better. There are innumerable benefits from healthy eating, and I think many people think that the effort it takes to eat healthy is not worth it. Thankfully, that's far from the truth!

From using frozen vegetables to being mindful of what you're eating, healthy eating doesn't happen only in the kitchen but when you're out eating as well. Here are some easy tips to start on a route to a healthier you!

 

1. Add frozen veggies to every meal you cook (and stock up on frozen veggies and berries).

They're frozen at the peak of their freshness, so all the goodness is locked in for whenever you're ready. You should try to eat a rainbow of colors at every meal, and incorporating frozen veggies is a great and easy way to do this! With that being said...

2. Fill half your plate with veggies and eat them first.

The other half of your plate should consist of 1/4 complex carbs (quinoa, whole grains, brown rice) and a 1/4 protein. It's no doubt that veggies are the most healthy on your plate, so eat them first and you'll be more full for when you start on the rest of your plate.

3. Order first when you eat out.

You're less likely to be swayed by your friends' choices of cheesy carbonara pasta and a double bacon cheeseburger if you've already decided on a salad and you order first. Be strong!! 

4. Instead of relying on salt, flavor with spices such as garlic and cayenne pepper.

Take it easy on the sodium. According to the American Heart Association, on average Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day, but the recommended intake is no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. We're eating more than twice as much as we should!

5. When ordering a salad, ask for dressing on the side.

At many restaurants, the dressing helps a ton in bringing the salad into the 700-1,000 calorie range. You really think you're eating healthy when you're drowning your greens in oil and sugar and who knows what? Think again. Opt for lighter dressings and make sure you dress it yourself!

6. Replace spaghetti with zucchini.

Lessen your carb intake by replacing it with a more fun and light alternative. Use a spiralizer to cut your zucchini into the perfect spaghetti shape, and voila! You've got a new take on spaghetti and meatballs.

7. Eat from small, different colored plates and bowls to help manage your portion sizes.

According to a study conducted by Cornell University, a high color contrast between food and your plate makes you eat less

In the study, participants who served themselves pasta Alfredo on a white plate (not much contrast) heaped on 22 percent more pasta than those who were given red plates (lots of contrast).

22% can be a lot when it comes to food consumption. If you're really into portion control, eat from a small plate or bowl, too!

8. Make a tray of protein-packed egg muffins for a week of easy breakfasts.

Use a muffin pan to make enough grab-and-go breakfasts. You can add whatever ingredients you like (think mini omelets), and bake them all one night to have ready for the rest of the week. Nothing's easier and more delicious!

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

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denshuApr 07, 2016
Another way to help manage portion sizes is to drink lots of liquids (especially water!) before you eat. There was a study performed some years ago that concluded drinking about two cups of water before each meal proved effective in reducing caloric intake, simply because the water helps curb your appetite and thus -- ideally, at least -- you put less on your plate.

(edit: if the "lots of liquids" is something high in calories like juice or soda then obviously that defeats the purpose)

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