You may have had big goals for the New Year, like cutting out sugar and avoiding all processed foods. But now it’s late-January and all you want to do is cozy up with a bowl of ice cream on the couch. If you’re feeling deprived by whatever healthy eating goals you set up, try shifting the focusing to what you’re putting in your body, instead of what you’re cutting out.
Here are some tips on how to do that:
1. Use Every Meal as an Opportunity to Fuel Your Body
Think of every meal as an opportunity to nourish your body. That doesn’t mean you need to take your favorite meals out of the rotation. Just make them more nutritious.
If your go-to breakfast is yogurt or oatmeal, make it more filling and nutritious by adding berries, which are extremely high in antioxidants, and sprinkling it with hemp seeds or walnuts for added protein and omega-3s.
If your go-to lunch is pasta, make chickpea pasta, which has more protein, and add steamed pureed carrots to your tomato sauce to get more beta carotene and fiber.
If your go-to for dinner is tacos, roast cauliflower that you’ve tossed with taco seasoning and add that to your taco filling to get an extra veggie in.
2. Variety is Key
Not only does including a variety of fruit, veggies, grain and proteins in your meals ensure that you have a balanced diet, but it makes eating more exciting.
If you love berries or citrus, buy a different type every week. Each variety of fruits and veggies has unique nutrients and it will help your overall health to get a variety in.
3. Don’t Sacrifice Flavor
You don’t have to sacrifice flavor when you’re focusing on healthy eating. There are so many recipes that are packed with taste as well as nutrients. Here are a few of the top healthy and delicious recipes that we have on our site:
Mood Boosting Smoothie
- Made with spinach, banana, oats, dates and almond milk, which will help boost your mood naturally.
Citrus Quinoa Salad with cilantro & golden raisins
- It's great with grilled chicken or make it a meal by serving it over leafy greens with some feta.
- It's loaded with antioxidants and great for a fun family appetizer, an after-school snack, or serve it over your favorite grilled protein.
Low-fat Crustless Spinach Quiche
- The #1 recipe we have on our site. It tastes super rich thanks to the magical combo of whipped cottage cheese and low-fat cheeses. It's loaded with protein, veggies and flavor.
4. Find Healthy Treats
You’re not always going to be craving a salad. You may be craving a treat and you can still use that as an opportunity to nourish your body if you pick a healthy treat, like the ones we have at Stylish Spoon. Our baked OatMEAL Cups
are packed with nutrients like fiber and plant-based omega-3s. Our Grain-free/Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
have 7g of protein per cookie and are made with almond flour, and naturally sweetened with organic maple syrup. Stick to nutrient-dense treats and you don't have to feel guilty when you indulge. It's a part of the plan and makes healthy eating sustainable.