Healthy Eating For The Whole Family
We'll cut straight to the point: healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated and the secret to it isn't so secret either. We know there is a lot of conflicting information out there on nutrition but when it comes down to it, you're allowed to (and should) nourish your body with the foods you actually enjoy!
The reality is finding a healthy eating routine is sometimes easier said than done. When you’re short on time, working long hours, and need food that can be stored, heated up easily, and eaten quickly on the go, how do you make sure everyone eats healthy? We're sharing a few ways you can begin including more healthy options for yourself and the whole family.
Why Should I Care About Healthy Eating?
It's important to first understand why having healthy meal options matter. When you want to ensure something will last for years to come, you take care it, right? Your body is no different. There are no specific requirements when it comes to healthy eating. However, just like your body, your diet needs to be nurtured and given love if you want it to run well.
Consuming a nutrient-rich diet is important for a variety of reasons. You can only have good overall health when you eat nutritious foods on a regular basis and actively take care of yourself. Enjoying nutritious foods regularly will not only keeps you alive longer, but comes with benefits like an energy boost to help get through your days.
What does a healthy diet look like? Typically, it should consist of three meals a day and include thoughtful snacks in between. Healthy snacks should consist of fruits or vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals as they give your body what it needs to maintain healthy organs, muscles, skin and bones. What’s more, if your current diet happens to be high in ultra-processed foods and beverages (like fast food, soda, and sugary cereals) but low in whole foods (like vegetables, nuts, and fish,) you’re likely not eating receiving enough of certain important nutrients – which may negatively affect your overall health.
What is a Healthy Diet?
A healthy diet consists of a variety of different foods and food groups. This means focus on eating a mix of protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fats, and dairy products. Ultimately, the best way to achieve good nutrition is through a varied diet that fits your own personal tastes and lifestyle – so get out there and try some new things! All it takes is some and planning; before you know it you'll be enjoying healthier habits in no time!
Making healthy eating fit into your lifestyle is key to helping yourself and those you love lead healthier lives. Luckily, there are several simple things that can be done to make it easier to make healthier choices. Whether you want to start shopping at your local farmers' market or simply find an easier way to get more fruits and veggies into your family’s diet, these tips will help. Below are some easy ways to increase healthy habits in your life:
Prioritize plant-based foods. Foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, and beans should make up the majority of our diet. Try your best at incorporating these at every meal and snack.
Cook at home. Cooking meals at home gives you ample opportunity to add variety to your diet. This can be especially true if you’re typically used to takeout or restaurant meals. To start, try committing to cooking just one or two meals per week and see where it goes!
Understand that your diet isn’t going to be perfect. We’re looking for progress — not perfection. You have permission to meet yourself where you are. For example, If you currently eat out every night, successfully cooking one homemade, veggie-forward meal per week is already great progress.
Rethink “cheat” days. All foods contribute to a well-rounded and healthy diet, therefore there’s technically no such thing as cheating. Just focus on keeping things balanced.
Choose filling foods. Your goal should be to eat nutritious foods that are whole and filling. Pro tip: Reaching for protein- and fiber-rich meals and snacks are sure to fill you up.
Eat whole foods. A truly healthy diet is primarily composed of whole foods. Think vegetables, nuts, beans, fruits, seeds, whole grains, and additional protein sources.
Hydration is key. It’s no secret that water is the best way to stay hydrated, right? Get hydration in however you can. If you’d like, try adding fruit slices or a squeeze of lemon for added flavor – whatever helps you reach those goals!
Your dislikes matter. How many times have you given a specific food a try hoping it’d get better if you tried it a new way? If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. That’s it. There are so many healthy options to choose from, so why not find something you like?
Many of us struggle to juggle work and personal lives—and nutrition can get left behind. So how do you stick to a healthy diet when work-life balance is off? Stress, busy schedules, and even budget constraints can make it tough to keep eating healthy. But there are steps we can take to help us achieve our nutritional goals. Think of your stress level as a thermostat that’s too high or too low; just like that thermostat needs to be balanced, so does the stress in your life. Having access to healthy, nutritionally-rich meals can suddenly make maintaining this balance all the more attainable. This way, you can always rest assured that you’ve got some boxes already checked off.
Taking time for yourself can help minimize stress in the long term and allow you more opportunities for eating well. Bonus tip: Get outside for some fresh air, meditate daily or start working out—whichever is most relaxing to you.
The Bottom Line
With a little planning, making healthy eating part of your everyday routine can be made easier. If you get overwhelmed by meal planning—outsource it to someone else. You don’t have to spend a ton of money or time to enjoy healthy food and plus, some of us are happy to take on the chopping and prepping so you don’t have to.
To develop a healthy relationship with food over time, it’s important to take small steps, starting with something you can do now: eating breakfast. A proper morning meal kickstarts your metabolism and gets your brain ready for a productive day at work or school. Not usually a breakfast person? Breakfast can be whatever you make it! Consider trying out different types of options like Pineapple Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, Berries & Granola Yogurt, or keeping it simple with hard-boiled eggs and white cheddar cheese. Small additions, like these can lead to healthier lifestyle habits over time.
Remember: the trick to healthy eating isn’t a trick at all. Look for the solutions that fit into your schedule, keep things balanced and enjoy the process!
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