How to Eat Healthier So You Feel Stronger and More Energized in 2021!
If eating healthier this year is one of your wellness goals, here are tips and tricks to inspire you to eat more healthy foods and to actually enjoy doing it! You'll learn ways to eat more fresh fruits and veggies, how to cut down on sugar and saturated fat, how to feel fuller longer, how to eat less processed foods and eat more plant-based, how to cut down on extra calories, how to get more nutrients to boost your immune system, and how to prep healthy foods ahead of time. Eating healthier is an act of self-care, so you'll feel happier and more vibrant and energized.
Make Half Your Plate Veggies
You know how uncomfortably bloated you feel after a meal that's heavy on the pasta or bread, so this year, make a point to have half your plate filled with veggies — even at breakfast. Low in calories, and high in fiber, they offer valuable nutrients to give you energy and boost your immune system. After your meal is done, you'll feel satisfied, light, and alert.
Make Healthy Snacks Ahead of Time
Use Banana in Your Oatmeal
Skip the maple syrup, brown sugar, or honey and add mashed banana to your oatmeal to add natural sweetness plus a little extra potassium.
Eat Fruit For Dessert
If you're trying to cut back on sugar, fruit will satisfy your dessert cravings while offering fiber and valuable nutrients. It may take a few weeks to get in this habit, but soon cookies and chocolate will seem too sweet!
Pack Lunch Ahead of Time
Eat Veggies For Breakfast
Make One Meal a Day One Big Salad
When you eat one huge salad for a meal each day, you'll not only get your fill of veggies and fiber, but you'll also feel lighter and more energetic afterward. Make this happen by prepping a week's worth of salads all at once.
Go For Color
Aim to eat at least three brightly-colored foods at every meal. Their vibrant hue means they're high in vitamins and antioxidants.
Ditch Dairy One Day a Week
Take Pics of Your Food
If you're trying to lose weight or eat healthier, taking photos of everything you eat will give you a good overall picture of how you eat all day long. It'll keep you even more accountable to eating healthy if you Instagram your pics or send them to a supportive friend who shares your goals.
Sprinkle on Flax and Chia Seeds
Both chia seeds and flaxmeal (ground flaxseeds) offer fiber, protein, and healthy omega-3s, so find ways to add them to your food. Sprinkle them on cereal or oatmeal, add them to your blender when making smoothies, or use them in your pancakes or baked good recipes.
Snack on Protein and Fiber
Skip the high-carb crackers and snack on protein and fiber to satiate hunger longer. These cocoa cinnamon sugar roasted chickpeas offer over six grams of protein and five grams of fiber per serving.
Bake With Avocado
Substitute butter in a baking recipes with mashed avocado (it works well with cookies and quick breads like these pumpkin apple muffins). Using avocado not only lowers the calorie content and offers healthy fats, but also creates a softer, moister baked good, and is perfect if you want to omit the dairy. You can also use avocado in place of butter to make vegan "buttercream" frosting.
Go Vegan One Day a Week
If you've been a fan of Meatless Mondays, try going vegan one day a week. It's easy if you have a dairy-free protein smoothie or oatmeal for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, and then this cauliflower rice and black beans for dinner. Snack on fresh fruits and veggies with hummus and you'll feel amazing after a day of eating a plant-based diet.
Skip the Instant Oatmeal Packets
Loaded with sugar and made with instant oats, you can make a much healthier bowl of oatmeal by making your own overnight oats. Using rolled oats will take longer to digest, so you'll stay fuller longer, and you can sweeten yours with maple syrup or even just fresh fruit. Plus adding chia seeds or flaxmeal will up the protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and you can make a week's worth of breakfast all at once, so it'll be just as fast as instant oatmeal.
Have This Instead of Ice Cream
Make ice cream from frozen fruit every time ice cream cravings strike. You'll save on calories, cholesterol, and sugar.
Make Water Your Go-To Beverage
Anytime you reach for a drink, make it zero-calorie water. Staying hydrated will make you feel more energetic, fill your belly, aid in digestion, prevent constipation, and makes your skin glow. Hate plain water? Add a few slices of fresh fruit for flavor.