It’s January. The Holidays are over, and now everyone is setting all sorts of goals and resolutions. So many set resolutions to start this diet or give up this food for good. We’re setting ourselves up for failure time and time again.
Instead of following a strict diet or never touching something again, if you are serious about making a change, why not set up a plan that is approachable and realistic.
We know that nutrition is critical when trying to live healthier, lose weight, etc., but we just want to believe that eliminating said ingredient is all it takes. While this may be true for certain cases, nothing in health and nutrition is one size fits all.
Below are 6 tips to help you reach your healthy nutrition goals. These tips are easy to incorporate, and if one doesn’t work for you then don’t do it. If really overwhelmed pick two to start and then incorporate other tips over time. The point is to make it work for you.
6 tips to eat healthy all week:
1. Go to the store.
This may sound obvious, but it’s so tempting to grab something on the go or even use that app to have dinner delivered to your door. So having a kitchen with healthy food is the first step. Go shopping once a week for major essentials and another smaller trip to get fresh produce for the rest of the week.
2. Frozen fruit and veggies.
You can chop and freeze yourself or buy most things frozen already. Freezing fruit is great for making smoothies, banana nice cream, or even adding a hot bowl of oats. Frozen veggies are just as versatile. Freezing produce keeps the nutrients in tack while preventing them from spoiling. It’s a win win.
3. Plan out snacks
If you love having that afternoon snack make sure that it’s planned out for the week the same way as meals. If making things like your own hummus, energy bites, nut butter, etc. plan a day to make them. Don’t wait until you are hungry. Having several snacks on rotation will also prevent boredom.
4. Prep salad ingredients
This is a huge time saver for many. Chopping up things like carrots, celery, cucumber, etc makes throwing a salad together super convenient. These also work well for healthy snacks. The idea is that having ingredients ready to go takes away the excuse of grabbing a quick meal or snack out of a bag or box.
5. Make soup.
In cold months soup is a great choice. It’s such an easy way to pack in tons of produce. Homemade soup is so easy to make too. Whenever I make soup I make it bulk. I either eat off it for several days or even freeze so that I have some for another time. Cook once and eat for a week!
6. Cook extra protein
While cooking dinner make extra protein. Once again the idea of cook once and eat a few times. If cooking chicken, add an extra piece or two for a lunch salad or to have ready for the next night’s dinner. This can go beyond just meat too. I often cook extra quinoa or saute up extra tofu.