One of the most important aspects of a healthy living program has to do with one thing:
This entire process needs to be enjoyable.
It also needs to be somewhat easy though because anything too complicated usually leads to quitting.
For me, I needed to find easy ways to incorporate nutrient dense ingredients into my life as often as possible without making a huge production out of it.
And if you’re busy, or simply in need of inspiration to help you to get the ball rolling regarding your own wellness program, then I’ve got a few ideas that I think will work wonders for you.
Us humans have the tendency to make things difficult and complicated.
I feel this is because our thought processes in and of themselves are complicated. So when this is the foundation of which we’re attempting to form new habits, simplicity often eludes us because we overlook it.
What I’m about to share is simple.
In addition to this, I’m also going to share my thoughts about a couple of products I’ve tried out recently. I’m not being paid to do this, nor do I have an affiliate link to share.
I’m doing this because I like to try some new things every now and then and discuss my thoughts about them.
Follow along as I share my tips with you. I have no doubt you’ll be able to apply at least one, if not all of them.
Food Hacks to Make Healthy Eating Fun
To make healthy living fun, easy and creative, the most effective way to go about this is to ADD nutrient dense foods into your daily routine.
It’s the path of least resistance because when we place the focus on removing items, our minds usually fight back because we rebel against restriction.
People don’t like being controlled, even when that control lives within ourselves.
So to avoid initiating an inner-war, the idea is to find things that make you feel good about what you’re about to embark on and go with that.
Adding in new yummy, but healthy foods helps to crowd out the desire for the “bad” stuff. When this happens as a natural extension that stems from new and desirable behaviors, you aren’t fighting with yourself, you’re becoming your own best friend.
This is how we develop personal empowerment.
To begin this applying this new concept into your life, check out the following suggestions:
1 – Drink Smoothies
I consider smoothies to be similar to milkshakes. The difference is you’re using better ingredients, but you can still get the same effect.
It’s a great way to get a wide variety of nutrients in while making it enjoyable.
You can use just about anything to make a smoothie with. Choose your favorite fruit, a base and if you feel it’s necessary, a protein powder.
Smoothies can be used as a snack or meal replacement – depending on what you add to them.
I happen to love shopping at my local farmer’s market. Recently, I’d picked up a half flat of locally grown strawberries for $8.99 and a large batch of ripened bananas for $.29 a pound.
I washed, cut and stored most of the strawberries in the freezer. I then peeled the bananas, cut them into small pieces and froze them as well.
I’ll have them available anytime I’m in the mood for a strawberry banana smoothie – which is one of my favorite recipes.
I make these using water or almond milk as the base. I can’t say that I believe I’m getting a nutritious dose of almonds in every serving when I use the commercial stuff, but since I’m not a milk drinker, it’ll do just fine.
Eventually, I’d like to start making my own almond milk, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.
You can easily make smoothies using a variety of different ingredients.
Sometimes I’ll add spinach or kale to make a green smoothie. It’s a great way to get a nutritional boost.
You can keep this cost effective when you purchase locally grown produce if it’s available in your area. Stock up and freeze what you can. You won’t need to use as much ice if you use frozen produce. It makes a creamy, frosty consistency. Perfect for Spring and Summer.
If you want to make a meal replacement out of this, you can always add some protein powder.
I don’t do this all the time, but when I do, I prefer to use an organic, non-GMO vegan protein powder.
I’m using one now that I happen to enjoy by Correxiko called “The Power Workout.”
Each serving (two scoops) has 21g of protein. When I add it to mine, I use only one scoop.
It also contains electrolytes and digestive enzymes.
It isn’t sweetened and this makes it easy for me to customize to my preference at any given time.
I went ahead and filmed a video of my strawberry banana smoothie recipe using this product with my nifty immersion hand blender.
I use this tool for sauces and soups as well. I love it – and it’s super easy to clean.
Check out the video and start making smoothies a part of your life. Just please forgive the noise of the blender. That couldn’t be avoided.
Have fun with this and be creative.
2 – Enhance Your Water
I’ll admit that I’m not much of a soda drinker.
And when I say not much, it’s pretty close to never.
I do, however, enjoy making my own from time to time if I’m in the mood for something bubbly. And when I am, I’ll reduce some blueberries and add them to club soda.
But that’s another post.
Most of the time, I drink water. I rarely get bored of it, but once in a while, I like to enhance it – just for something different.
You can add a variety of different things to water to give it flavor or an additional boost of nutrition.
Sometimes, I’ll add apple cider vinegar, organic lemon juice, aloe vera juice or some powdered greens.
I had tried another product by Correxiko called “Organic Matcha Powder” – and I personally found it pleasant.
Green Matcha is powdered green tea. It’s made from high-quality green tea leaves. The entire leaf is used and made into a powder. This is supposed to offer a higher level of nutritional benefits since it includes antioxidants called polyphenols – which are reported to help protect against cancer, heart disease in addition to helping to regulate blood sugar.
You can check out this article for additional info on Matcha.
In the meantime, I went ahead and filmed another video about how to use it and my thoughts about it.
I had been meaning to start filming more videos. It’s taken a LOT for me to gather up the nerve to start doing this.
I’ll be honest though and admit that I still feel a bit skitterish about being in front of the camera – but at least in this video, I’m wearing my favorite baseball cap, so it’s all good 🙂
Check it out here.
3 – Add Veggies in Wherever and Whenever Possible
This particular food hack is something that worked beautifully for me when I had started a wellness program years ago.
It’s also made it incredibly easy for me to stick with it.
I’ve found that one of the biggest hurdles people encounter (as I used to) has to do with portion control. It’s tough when you feel a sense of restriction when it comes to weight loss and healthy living. So because I dealt with this as well, I came up with a solution.
When you’re about to eat something – anything – add vegetables to the dish.
It doesn’t matter what it is. Rice and pasta dishes – heck even pizza are perfect examples of how to implement this technique.
When I would make spaghetti for the hubs and I – I began adding lightly steamed broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower, in addition to sauteed mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and fresh garlic.
Doing this allowed me to feel satisfied with my portion – and it added a boost of nutrition.
I LOVED that!
Vegetables are nutrient dense and low in calories and fat. So even though the plate was the same size, the caloric intake wasn’t.
I’d felt a sense of accomplishment because I had found a way to trick myself into a healthier way of eating without encountering the resistance that defeated me in the past.
I also liked knowing I was including a variety of healthy nutrition into my diet because when I think about how our bodies use these nutrients to protect us against disease and help to regulate important functions of the entire system that keeps us alive and well, I felt a sense of pride every time I consumed something.
See, I had shared in my post about how I had changed my crappy eating habits that I had to discover a way to no longer associate food with guilt. This was one of the techniques I’d used to accomplish this – and I mean it when I say it’s been a life changer for me.
It can be for you as well.
The next time you make dinner, add your veggies.
If you aren’t a fan of them, then add whatever it is you DO like as often as possible.
Keep an open mind, though. Try new things.
Prepare them in different ways if you need to, but get it done.
You won’t succeed in a healthy living program if you don’t eat nutritious food.
I’d love to tell you otherwise, but I’d be lying.
And I’m not going to do that.
Take it from me…
I hated everything!
Spinach, Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus, kale, collard greens, mushrooms, onions, squash (all versions), eggplant…
I wouldn’t touch them with a ten-foot pole.
Now I love them.
I’m not special.
I’m no different than you.
The only thing I’d changed was my perspective.
I wanted this badly enough.
You’ll change your mind when you want this as much as I did. That’s a promise.
Give it a shot. You have nothing to lose – other than some unwanted weight and a few bad habits.
Healthy Living Made Simple
All it takes to make these ideas work for you is a desire to do so.
You’ll want to create a sense of enthusiasm toward the whole thing.
There are so many benefits other than weight loss to be experienced by a healthy living program.
Higher energy levels, a better functioning digestive system and an overall feeling of freedom comes over you when you expand your pallet to include nutritious foods into your diet.
There had been a time when I felt so restricted when I went out to eat.
Granted, I don’t do it very often these days simply because I prefer to cook at home most of the time.
But when we do go out, I can find a wide variety of foods to enjoy simply because I’ve opened my mind.
You’d think it would’ve worked the other way around since I’ve stopped eating meat, but in all honesty, it hasn’t.
Not at all.
If you need some help or direction when it comes to making positive changes in your own eating habits, I can help. I’ve been there.
You don’t have to do this alone.
Do you think you’ll give these ideas a shot? What do you struggle with?
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