Do you constantly have these thoughts?
I have nothing good at home so I may as well get some take out
Eating at home is so expensive once I buy all the ingredients so I might as well just buy something packaged and pre-made
I don’t have enough time in the day to be making my own meals
I know, because I used to think those thoughts all the time (and sometimes still do!). Here are 5 simple ways you can make eating healthy yummier and easier.
1. Shop local and stick to the outside of the store Not only does local food taste better because it hasn’t travelled thousands of miles to get to you, but it is also better for the planet. Try getting the majority of your groceries at your local farmers markets and veggie shops and when at the grocery store, remember to stick to the outside ring, as this is where the real food is. The middle is where the processed, sugary, junk foods are…and you don’t need any of that crap.
2. Plan your meals (so very important!) Weeks where I plan out my meals and my grocery list are always the weeks I eat the best. When I come home from the gym or work and am ravenous, I can resist the temptation of ordering takeout when I have something prepared. I also make sure to plan meals that I am actually excited about!
3. Spices and herbs I cannot stress this enough! You NEED to flavour your food! It sucks not looking forward to your bland dinner. So throw some garam masala or jerk seasoning on your salmon or chicken, some garlic powder and cinnamon on your sweet potatoes and curry powder on your sautéed kale…and of course sea salt and black pepper. Seasoning your food makes a world of difference!
4. Cook batches of food It is basically the “meal prep” everyone is talking about, but not as intense. I am not saying you have to spend 5-8 hours on Sunday prepping all your meals for the week….BUT giving yourself some time every couple days to roast a batch of veggies, cook some quinoa or cut up some carrots and celery for your hummus will make sure you have foods on hand at all times, especially when temptation hits!
5. Eat nutrient dense foods and don’t fear fat Go for nutrient dense foods instead of foods full of empty calories (that leave you more hungry). Stay away from all the white stuff, and opt for a rainbow of colours. Get some superfoods and use them for easily added nutrition (like greens powder in your smoothie), and make sure you are eating full fat when eating fats. They will keep your full, energized and your hormones balanced. There you have it! I hope this helps encourage you to stay motivated and eat a little healthier.
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