Yesterday we settled a few things:
1. What we eat affects who we are. We cannot be the best version of ourselves if we don’t put beneficial foods in our bodies.
2. If we don’t set ourselves up for success, then failure is more likely. We can’t expect to be successful at eating healthy with cold cuts, hot dogs, and snickers bars in our cupboards and refrigerators.
Setting ourselves up for success includes giving our refrigerators, cupboards, and pantries an overhaul and makeover. We started with 5 get started tips yesterday and I’m adding 5 more. This is just the beginning of the process of a plan for success. If you want to dig in deeper and go for the extreme makeover, I suggest “The Pantry Overhaul” guide.
Here’s the next 5 tips:
6. Make healthy food appealing.
Keep an indulgent topping or accompaniment next to a healthy food to make it more appetizing. Next time you want a snack, you’ll be more likely to eat something healthy if the mixed nuts are next to the low-fat yogurt, or the chocolate syrup is beside the skim milk, ready to be mixed together. Try making homemade guacamole or hummus and have it in containers next to your veggies.
7. Prepare leftovers as a meal for the next day.
Put the entree with the vegetables and other side items on a plate and cover for the next day’s lunch or dinner to create a do-it-yourself balanced “TV ” dinner.
8. Prepare foods as “ready to eat ” meals when you come home from grocery shopping.
Cut up vegetables and fruits and store them in containers, so they’ll be ready for the next meal or when you come looking for a ready-to-eat snack.
9. Freeze foods in portion sizes to make healthy eating easier.
Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards? The standard serving size for pasta is one cup (or the size of a DVD) and half a cup for vegetables (about the size of a tennis ball).
10. Freeze fruit for fun.
Freeze fruits such as bananas, grapes and orange slices to make them more fun to eat for children. Next time they want a sweet snack offer them frozen fruit rather than ice cream. One of my favorites is bananas dipped in non-fat greek yogurt with a bit of honey mixed in. Then cover lightly with chopped nuts and freeze. Yum. Frozen watermelon makes delicious slushies in the summer!
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