We all know fresh foods are good for us, and we all want to eat them, but our forever busy lives makes it somewhat challenging. Breaking through the change is the key to making eating well a part of your everyday lifestyle. Fresh foods are an important part of keeping your body healthy. But if you’re not used to eating fresh foods, they can be difficult to incorporate into your diet. Here are six fail-proof tricks that will help you get started:
Start small and snack. Carve out time in your day for snacking on fresh food. In the morning, try a bag of bright-orange baby carrots. Apples are a perfect late-afternoon snack. Start taking bananas, raisins, raw nuts or other simple foods to work to replace the snacks you might have gotten from the vending machine.
Next, work fresh food into all of your meals. Make your regular dishes healthier with a serving of fresh fruits or vegetables. Grate a carrot into your morning scrambled eggs or add fresh broccoli to complement your chicken and brown rice at dinnertime. It only takes a few minutes to add a serving of vegetables to your day.
Have berries for dessert or add them to breakfast. Replace that bowl of ice cream with mixed berries or add blueberries to your morning cereal. They’re rich in antioxidants and have been shown to prevent blindness. Try strawberries, raspberries or other berries for variety.
Shop strategically. Buy healthy foods and snacks that are easy to grab while you’re on the go.Put fresh food where you can see it. One of the most effective ways to eat fresh is to put healthy food where you can easily grab it.
Place a dish of apples on the coffee table or tuck a bag of raw nuts in your car. If you can see them, you’re more likely to choose the choose nutritious food instead of junk food when you’re hungry.
Prepare and store salads. If you don’t have time during the day to chop, dice and toss, simply prepare a large bowl of mixed greens, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, dried cranberries (whatever you like) at night. Then, store it in plastic bags or containers. That way, eating a healthy salad is as simple as open, pour and dress.
Eating fresh is about making simple changes in your diet. For more easy tips for healthy living, read Simple Health Value.
Consuming the right foods in your bodies makes a much fresher, sharper and happier YOU!
By Dr. Andrew Myers • July 31, 2013 • Healthy Eating