A rushed morning, drinking coffee instead of eating breakfast. A lunch that’s either a sandwich or whatever else can be eaten on-the-go. Snacking through the day on energy bars or candy and drinking plenty of sugary soda. Dinner is heavy and calorie-laden. After all, you’ve been starving through the day. Is this you?
Don’t worry. It’s probably the scene for most of us. As busy moms and homemakers, it is easy to reach for that candy bar than it is to fix ourselves a salad. But we can change that. Easily. March is National Nutrition Month, according to the American Dietetic Association and the theme for this year is “Eat Right with Color”. How wonderful! Kicking off our brand-new series, this post will help you to eat right and healthy, despite a schedule that may be packed and crazy busy.
1. Shop Smart to Eat Healthy
Do you know where we make the biggest mistakes when it comes to our diet? At the supermarket. Shopping smart means loading the cart with plenty of fresh produce, meats, grains and pulses. Say “No” to processed, sugary foods at the supermarket and you’ll automatically find yourself eating healthier at home.
2. Have a Colorful Meal
According to the ADA, eating a colorful meal is a great way to eat healthy. Some colors for your palate and your plate are greens (spinach, beans, broccoli), yellows (peppers, sweet potatoes, pears) and reds( tomatoes, carrots, beets). Basically, make fruits and vegetables a part of every meal.
3. Control Portion Sizes with Smaller Plates
If weight loss is one of your goals, like me, please buy yourself some small-sized plates and use them. And yes, small plates don’t mean more seconds. I’ve made it easier for myself by buying toddler-sized plates for my daughter and myself. She’s thrilled we eat in the same type of plates and I control portion sizes easily. I must mention that I don’t eat three small meals, I eat five. I need to keep up blood sugar levels up.
4. Make Healthy Eating Fun and Easy
Healthy eating can be easy when you make it fun. Some simple ways to do that are:
- Look for healthy recipes that are quick and easy, print them out or bookmark them and most importantly, try them out! Check out Cooking Light and Epicurious, two of my latest favorites for healthy recipes.
- Eat at the table and eat mindfully. You’ll savor your meal more.
- Experiment with cuisines. You’d be surprised at the variety of tastes and flavors that different cuisines offer.
- Pack your lunch the night before. Eating out usually means eating unhealthy. You’ll also save yourself some lunch money this way.
- Menu plan for the week. This will make cooking from scratch much easier and ensure that you get enough variety.
How do you manage to eat healthy in a busy world?
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