Thursday, January 17, 2013

Healthy Eating Series part 3

One of those new year's resolutions often is to eat healthier. Now that it is past January, are you still working on this? To be honest I try not to make this resolution instead, I try to make small changes. So in the next few weeks I'll talk about what healthy changes we try to implement at our house.

Simple Things you can do to eat Healthy

Sometimes we get so lost and confused by all the weight loss tricks, fads, diets and exercise programs that we end up giving up and then watching that scale go up. Below are some simple things you can do to help stay healthy, that don’t require expensive workout equipment or monthly program fees.

Make “Grab n Go” Snack Packs

Cut up your favorite raw veggies, such as celery, carrots, broccoli and green peppers. Put them in sandwich baggies and store in the fridge so the next time you need a quick fix, they are handy and ready to grab n go. No more need to grab that bag of chips or those cookies. Great for kids busy after school and nights.

Spice it up!

Sprinkle some of your favorite spices on top of food for extra flavor instead of butter or sugar. Ginger, cayenne pepper, cinnamon or chili pepper add lots of flavor to food. Mix it up a bit for added flavor and variety.

Substitute the bad for the good

When you’re craving something sweet, go for fruits such as oranges, apples and berries. Each of these foods have additional fat burning benefits so they actually do more than just satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you’re craving crunchy or salty foods, choose nuts such as almonds or try celery with a little peanut butter.

It’s all about portion control

We’ve been so misguided into thinking we have to eat a ton of food in order to be satisfied, but the truth is, you only need to eat a little bit in order to feel full. If you’re used to eating huge amounts in one sitting, start cutting back slowly by eating ¾ of what you normally eat. When you’re body is used to that amount, try eating ½ of that amount and so on, until you’re only eating an actual serving size.

This is a great way to enjoy the foods you love, but in moderation and in control. Read the package labels for portion information. Then measure or count out the actual serving size and you’ll be amazed at how satisfied you feel.

See the rest in our healthy eating series: 
Part 2- High Protein and High Fiber Foods
Read more about kids portion sizes here.

See our healthy meal tips. 
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