Confession: I am a hardcore foodie. I love to eat. And I find it very challenging to balance the healthy with the not-so-healthy. The struggle is REAL!
I know many of you can relate to this situation. We all know how to eat healthy and feel great, but it is still hard to stay consistent with all those yummy, sugary temptations out there! And now that the new year has hit, I know dieting is at the top of many people’s minds. The problem is … fad diets won’t get you very far. It is all about consistency and moderation.
Because being healthy is a lifestyle, not a fad.
So I wanted to share some healthy habits with you that I think make eating healthy more maintainable and enjoyable! These 7 little habits are easy things you can do that will help you stick to your healthier habits, and still satisfy your foodie heart!
7 Healthy Habits for Foodies!
1) Use all the Lemons
Put them in water, tea, smoothies … everything. Lemons are good for your digestion, and they add some spunk to boring tap water. They are also good in smoothies when you are mixing lots of fruits and greens together because they help dilute the taste of the greens. Bonus!
Tip: Start your day with a warm cup of lemon water. Just squeeze half a lemon into warm water and sip away to help kickstart your digestion in the morning.
2) Add Vegetables to your Smoothies
This is one of the easiest ways to get more vegetables into your day. And if done right, you will NOT taste them at all! Some great greens to try in your smoothies are kale, cucumber, avocado, and spinach. If you need a starting place, check out this recipe, it’s delicious!
But make sure you keep your smoothies healthy. They can easily go from healthy to a milkshake. Try to have a mix of fruit, vegetables, fiber, protein, and healthy fats in your smoothies. Then drink up!
Tip: Are your smoothies not keeping you full? Many people forget to put healthy fat in there! So throw in a tablespoon of coconut oil or peanut butter into your smoothies to help you feel more satisfied.
3) Make Vegetables the Star
Don’t just buy the frozen “steam-in-bag” vegetables all the time. Buy fresh ones and prepare them in lots of different ways. Instead of the vegetables being the afterthought, make them the star! This is a hard habit to create, but once you start giving them more attention in your meals, you will appreciate the results. I am currently obsessed with roasting vegetables. It’s quick, easy, and healthy. Just chop, toss in olive oil, season, and bake at 400-425 degrees for 15-25 minutes (until the veggies have a nice golden brown look on the edges). Then dig in! Sometimes I also like to roast green beans or asparagus and then eat them with my hands, as if they are french fries. Trust me … it is more fun!
Tip: Since your veggies will soon be the star of the meal, always fill half your plate with them. This will help fill you up, and also help you potentially eat less of the not-so-healthy items on your plate.
4) Add Color
Dull meals are never fun. So make an effort to add more color into your meals and you will add more nutrition and fiber into your day. Greens, reds, oranges, yellows, oh my! A lot of nutritious foods are colorful. Make the base of your meal spinach instead of rice, sprinkle raw veggies on top of your meal, or try eating a small salad with your dinner each night.
Tip: One of my favorite colorful, easy, healthy meals is a taco salad. It is spinach topped with crockpot Mexican chicken, avocado, mini peppers, and more salsa … lots of healthy color!
5) Infuse Your Water
Water is so good for you. But let’s be honest, it gets boring after chugging down a gallon a day! So sass it up! Throw in frozen or fresh fruit for a slight hint of natural flavor! It is so refreshing and takes the boring out.
Tip: A few of my favorite things to toss in water are lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries, or mint.
6) Create Fizzy Mocktails
Confession #2 of this post: I really enjoy an alcoholic drink every now and then. But when you are trying to drink less, but you still want to feel the excitement of having a drink, why not make yourself a Fizzy Mocktail?
Stock up on some naturally-flavored sparkling water (any health food store has them). Then start with a super fun glass, and toss in ice, fruit and sparkling water. The glass choice is key! Then sip on it all night. No calories and all the fun!
Tip: One of my favorite mixes is Raspberry Lime Sparkling soda with strawberry, lime and ice in a wine glass. Delicious!
7) Find Salty Alternatives
Chips, crackers, and other salty snacks can pull you down the calorie hole. One handful is never enough. So instead of going without, choose some healthy alternatives! One of my favorites is crispy roasted chickpeas. They give you a salty crunch with fiber and no gluten. Check out this recipe I posted, I dig it.
Tip: Portion control your snacks. Instead of diving right in, set aside 1-2 servings and put the rest away. Outta sight, outta mind.
Woo hoo! There you go! These little habits are helping me be healthier every day. I hope some of these will work for you. Now tell me … what is your favorite healthy life hack? Share with me in the comments below!
Now, to end today’s post, I will leave you with a colorful taco salad, and a cute little dog.
Till next time! Stay awesome! —S