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Get your good habits back on track with 10 easy ways to eat better!
I don’t know about you, but my good habits tend to fall by the wayside over summer.
It’s always so busy, and this summer I moved, which certainly didn’t help.
Now that fall is here, I’m trying to get back on track and focus on easy ways to eat better.
I find it easiest to make small steps when improving habits, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that work for me, so you can try them, too.
10 Easy Ways to Eat Better
My simple tips are perfect for busy moms and other people on-the-go!
Making small changes can have a big impact overall. So try one of these easy ways to eat better, then once you master it, work on another. Pretty soon, you will have developed some great new habits!
1. Stock Up on the Right Kind of Snacks
Rather than reaching for a bag of chips, set yourself up for success by stocking up on better for you snacks and drinks.
I like snacking on nuts and dried fruit, and on a recent visit to Kroger I picked up my favorite Simple Truth® Organic snacks: pumpkin seeds and banana chips. There were a bunch of other great options, too, like dried mango … yum!
When it comes to beverages, I try to drink as much water as possible. Sometimes that gets boring though, and that’s when I reach for Honest Tea®. I love this tea, because it’s brewed with real ingredients, it’s organic and Fair Trade, and it’s unsweetened (or just a tad sweet, depending on the flavor).
Honest Tea is all about honesty and transparency, from the way their ingredients are presented to their efforts to help make the earth a better place. You can taste the difference with just a sip!
Having these convenient, organic snacks on hand means I’m more likely reach for something that’s better for me when hunger strikes.
2. Avoid Buying Highly Processed Treats
I don’t know about you, but I’m very easily tempted! So when I have cakes, candy, chips, and other processed treats in my pantry, I’m going to eat them.
One of the easiest ways to eat better is to simply avoid buying those items all together. Out of sight equals out of mind, and you can’t eat what you don’t buy.
That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the occasional treat, but you can avoid eating these foods regularly simply by buying better for you snacks instead.
3. Create a Weekly Meal Plan
One of the best ways to eat better is to set aside time each week to create a meal plan. It makes grocery shopping so much easier, and you won’t find yourself wondering what to make at dinner time.
You can create a meal plan on paper or online. I’ll often create a list on my phone so I can pull it out wherever I am.
Once you have a plan, create a grocery list and hit the store to stock up.
4. Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet
My summer was packed with travel and a big move. I could never quite keep up, so I relied on frozen meals a little too often!
Now that fall is here, I’m back to eating all my fave veggies and fruits as much as possible. I love fresh produce because you can eat a lot without consuming a ton of calories.
Not a vegetable fan or dealing with a picky eater? Try as many different fruits and veggies as you can to find your favorites. You can also sneak veggies into meals that your whole family already loves, like lasagna, soups and chili, pasta sauces, casseroles, and more.
5. Make Eating Better an Event
Do you watch dinner in front of the TV? I’m definitely guilty!
Try turning off the TV and gathering your family.
Set the table and make dinner an event instead. You’ll focus on what you’re eating (rather than mindlessly gulping it down), and you’ll be able to connect with your family, too.
6. Watch Portion Size
One of the easiest ways to get off track is by ignoring portion sizes.
Always read labels to learn what a true portion size is. Otherwise, you might end up eating double the calories that you think you are.
Pay attention to serving sizes when eating at home and at restaurants, too, so you can avoid overindulging. One good trick is to serve smaller portions on smaller plates … you’ll trick yourself into thinking you’re eating more!
7. Eat Mostly Whole Foods
One of the best and simplest ways to eat better is by eating whole foods.
Whole foods are unprocessed foods, like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If your diet is mostly filled with these foods, you’re probably eating pretty well.
Eating whole foods requires preparation, but it doesn’t necessarily mean more time spent in the kitchen. Try quick methods of cooking, such as roasting vegetables and one pot pastas made with fresh veggies, or longer, hands-off methods, like slow cooker soups and stews.
8. Enjoy Healthy Fats
It’s been drilled into our heads that fat is bad for us. Healthy fats make meals taste better and feel more satisfying though. Plus, nonfat foods tend to have additives that make them taste better.
Try incorporating healthy fats, like olive oil, nuts and nut butters, avocados, and olives into your meals and snacks (in moderation).
You’ll leave the table feeling more satisfied and won’t be hungry again an hour later.
9. Involve Your Family and Friends
Dinner is often a social activity, so make eating better more exciting by involving your family and friends.
Get everyone on board by trying new restaurants, cooking meals together, and trying new-to-you fruits and veggies. You’ll be able to support each other in creating better habits, and you’ll have some fun while doing so!
10. Choose Organic When Possible
September was National Organic Month, which reminded me how important it is to choose organic foods when possible.
Organic foods used to be expensive, but prices have dropped as production has gone up. I’ve even found lower prices on some organic foods at Kroger when they’re on sale.
If you can’t afford to buy all organic, learn about which foods are most important to buy organic and which conventionally grown ones are fine to eat.
I love that Honest Tea and Simple Truth products both offer organic options … it makes eating better so convenient and easy!
Now that I’ve shared a few easy ways to eat better, make sure to stop by Kroger to pick up all the fresh groceries, Honest Tea, and Simple Truth Organic snacks you need to stock your pantry!
What are your favorite easy ways to eat better? I’d love to hear them! For more recipes, projects, and better for you inspiration, check out the ideas here!