Want to make this year your healthiest year yet? Are you on the lookout for unique ways to eat healthier?
Then you’re in the right place because this list is full of not so generic tips on how to do just that. How to eat healthier and feel better this year in sneaky low stress ways!
Eating healthy foods doesn’t have to be difficult and it most certainly doesn’t have to be restrictive. Once you get back to the basics you will realize just how simple eating healthy is!
With just a few helpful tips and tricks you will be eating healthier without even realizing it and you will start to feel better.
Healthy food just has a way of making you feel better about life overall as you can rest easy in knowing that you are properly fueling your body.
So, if you want to find out seven unique way to eat healthier then keep reading!
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Unique Ways to Eat Healthier This Year
I haven’t always been a very healthy eater I’ll admit. My meals often used to look a bit too much like chips and string cheese with a soda or equally sugary drink on the side. Yikes, I know!
The past several years has been different however and I think that I have gotten into a good flow that is balanced with healthy comfort foods and a splurge here and there.
I don’t restrict myself in any way other than eating only plant-based foods and these are just a few tricks that have worked for me.
They are all simple and easy and can be incorporated into day to day life seamlessly with just a little patience and time.
1. Drink Your Veggies and Fruit
This might not be new news to anyone, but smoothies are extremely simple ways of getting in more greens and fruit.
Especially the kinds that are good for you but that you don’t necessarily feel like munching on throughout the day.
You can fit a lot into a smoothie which is the magic of it. Since you would rarely be able to sit down and eat everything that you can fit into a smoothie.
They are simple to make especially if you meal prep ahead of time and have stuff already set aside to go into a smoothie.
They can be made on the go as you head off to work or drop the kids off at school. Plus, their hydrating which who couldn’t use more of that?
I personally like to add leafy greens since I know that I’m not getting enough of those in my diet. As well as fruits such as apple, pineapple and oranges.
You can even add protein powder if you want to go crazy and bulk up your smoothie! This vega protein powder is the brand that I use.
2. Make More Sheet Pan Dinners
Ever heard of a sheet pan meal? No! Well you certainly have been missing out!
Sheet pan meals are just a bunch of veggies and sometimes meat, cut up and thrown onto a baking pan. Sprinkle some olive oil and spices and throw that pan into the oven to roast up all of that good food.
They are brilliant meals and are about as simple as it gets. They are delicious and the best part is that you can add such a variety of veggies in order to get those important foods into your diet.
You don’t even have to meal plan for sheet pan meals just grab your favorite veggies at the grocery store and throw them all together when you need a fast and easy meal.
The variety that you can play around with is endless. You could make teriyaki veggies, Mexican veggies or just a jumble of herbs and spices.
The Inspired Home has an article on Plant-Based Sheet Pan Recipes if you need some inspiration!
3. Keep Sneaky Veggies on Hand
When I say sneaky veggies, I mean those vegetables that add to a dish without affecting the flavor.
You know. Vegetables like cauliflower, carrots and celery. The vegetables that you keep on hand to throw into every dish for an added nutritional punch.
Keep lots of those on hand to add into every meal in order to get all of the recommended amounts of vegetables in.
You could even take that sneakiness up a notch and keep unsweetened apple sauce on hand to mix into baked goods. As a sneaky way of getting in the fruits as well!
This tip is especially useful for parents with picky eaters.
4. Make Hearty Vegetable Soups
Much like the sheet pan dinners soups are another fabulous way of throwing in everything but the kitchen sink.
Soups can be very simple or very complex and the more you add into them the more flavorful they are going to be.
Soups are a great way of trying out new vegetables in a way that is easy to stomach and that won’t be overpowering.
This is another fast meal that you don’t have to plan for just grab whatever you have on hand and throw it in.
I have been known to throw in everything that I could get my hands on including that limp celery or that last month-old carrot!
5. Pick Specific Snacks
This tip is a life changer for the person who is a constant snacker. Believe me I’ve been there; I ate all of the things as well!
There’s nothing wrong with snacking in fact some of my favorite meals haven’t been meals at all just a bit of snacking here and there.
But when you snack it becomes easier to over eat without realizing it while still feeling unsatisfied in the end. It is also easier to eat not so healthy foods when your snacking.
Try picking out just a few healthy snacks that you enjoy eating and sticking to those options throughout the week. Only snacking at certain times of the day when you really do need a pick me up.
Do you like nuts and seeds, hummus and carrots, dried or fresh fruit or roasted chick peas. Pick a healthy snack that you will enjoy eating and stick to that option.
Over time you won’t even find yourself craving any of your old unhealthy snacks anymore!
6. Stock up on Hearty Foods
Ever find yourself running out of food near the end of the week? Maybe you ate more than you planned or bought too few of items. Either way no one wants to wake up Saturday morning with empty cabinets.
One way to prepare for this problem is to stock up on the heartier produce. Such as potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, squash, apples and oranges.
Those items all have a pretty long shelf life so that they can last until you find yourself needing them.
This tip works wonders for cutting back on eating out or choosing unhealthy options in a pinch. Ramen, I’m looking at you!
7. Embrace the Powder of Home Cooked Food
Lastly is the tip that some might not want to hear but it is the truth and one of the best tips that I have.
In order to have a healthier diet you must embrace home cooking and how beneficial it is to your health.
Think about it. Think about all of the additives, the salt, sugar and preservatives that are added into our food. Not only is over process food and take out unhealthy it is not good for your body overall.
When you make home cooked food you are avoiding all of that stuff that is added into heavily processed foods.
Plus, you have control over what goes into your body. If you want to avoid oils, then don’t cook with oils. If you are trying to reduce your sugar intake them don’t put in sugar. Cooking your own food gives you back control over what goes into your body.
Not to mention how much fresher your food will be and eventually it will taste much better than the unhealthy foods that you used to eat.
I hope that this list of unique ways to eat healthier has inspired you in one way or another. And that you will be able to make 2020 your healthiest year yet!
Eating healthy food is so simple and yet so often it is over complicated by people when it doesn’t have to be. And over complicating it does far worse than good.
Good food is simple food!
Let me know in the comments what you do to help yourself eat healthier.
If you want to read more on healthier eating habits then check out this article on Eating Healthy on a Budget and this article on Why am I Always Hungry on a Plant-Based Diet.