Want to Eat Healthier This Year? Here Are Some Tips to Get You Started
Use Fruit, Not Sugar
If you’re a fan of breakfast foods such as oatmeal, instead of using brown sugar or honey to sweeten it, try using fruit! Bananas are a great way to sweeten your breakfast cereal without added sugar. You’ll get the added nutrients that the fruit contains in your breakfast, plus if you pair the fruit with whole grain cereal, the grains will help prevent the spike in blood sugar, keeping you energized throughout the whole day.
Include Veggies in Your Breakfast
Don’t just add fruit to your breakfast! Vegetables are great because they don’t make your blood sugar skyrocket, which means that your blood sugars also don’t come crashing down. The spike and the crash are what causes people to feel tired and fatigued throughout the day - resulting in food cravings, constant coffees, and salty snacking! Adding veggies to your breakfast helps to eliminate that blood sugar spike, improves your breakfast, and helps you feel healthy and full.
Pack Your Lunch
After breakfast it's time for lunch! If you’re good at prepping food (i.e. using a slow cooker, crockpot, or saving leftovers), you should bring your own lunches to work or school. You’ll save a little money, and you’ll save a TON of calories. When you prep your own food, you know exactly what you’re putting inside of your body, and you’ll be able to avoid chemical preservatives that many places put in their food to keep it “fresh.” Even if you’re not going to use a slow cooker for the first time, try bringing a sandwich or a Tupperware with a homecooked meal. Homemade food has so much less salt and calories than store-bought or restaurant meals, you'll feel better and eat healthier when you bring your own lunch.