After months of COVID eating, I’m sure many of us have healthy eating goals in mind for the New Year!
Here are some simple tips to set yourself up for success!
1. Plan Ahead
The more you plan, the less chance there is for you to nosedive into your stash of chips when you’re hungry.
That starts with thinking about what meals you want to eat for the week. That doesn’t mean you need to come up with 20 different meals. You can make some basic ingredients that you can put together in lots of different ways throughout the week.
2. Meal Prep
Spend an hour per week prepping and cooking so you have healthy components ready to go. If you stick to the same day and time that you always do meal prep - like Sunday or Monday night - you’re more likely to make it a healthy habit that’s a part of your regular routine.
My favorite way to meal prep is to batch cook. Meaning, you make a big batches of healthy foods for the week and mix and match them throughout the week to make lots of different meals. Make a big batch of grains, like quinoa or brown rice; a protein, like roasted or shredded chicken; a few different roasted or blanched veggies; and a great dressing or sauce.
Batch cooking makes it so easy to throw together a great meal. Here are a few examples of the many different ways you can make those healthy prepped ingredients into different dishes:
Make a grain bowl:
Use quinoa, shredded chicken, roasted veggies and drizzle it with a little tahini sauce and some toasted nuts.
Make a great salad:
Use arugula, shredded chicken, bell peppers, sunflower seeds and balsamic vinaigrette.
Make chicken soup:
Use chicken, cut up carrots and chopped dill for a comforting bowl of soup.
Make quiche cups:
Use any of your veggies, and add them to egg whites, along with fresh dill, scallions, salt and pepper.
You can use these same ingredients in so many different ways. Smother the chicken in a healthy BBQ sauce and serve it over a baked sweet potato. Pair the chicken with salsa and guac to make tacos another night. Use the veggies in stir-fries, toss them into an omelet or use them to bulk up a pasta dish with veggies.
3. Keep Healthy Foods in Sight
If you can’t see it, you’re not going to eat it. So keep all those great healthy foods in sight! Store them in glass containers, and keep them at eye level in your fridge so they’re the first thing you see when you’re hungry and searching for something to eat.
4. Stock up on Healthy Helpers
Sometimes you just want to eat something that you don’t have to make. Find some great healthy prepared options, like a tasty salad dressing, healthy dip, or easy breakfast option. That’s why I created Stylish Spoon’s OatMEAL Cups
. They’re a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Keep OatMEAL Cups in your freezer and reheat them in seconds for a quick and easy breakfast, snack or dessert option. Order a subscription and save so you always have them on hand. OatMEAL Cups come in Chocolate
and Cranberry Orange