I am posting this article as I promised to a few followers on Instagram to post more articles on healthy habits.
Quality for quantity, get fit for video games — this is how I see it, “no excuses” when it comes to making healthier choices.
1. Cooking for eating out
I am sure we all try to pick the healthiest restaurant in town, but let’s be fair with each other that sneaky salad topped with heavy-in-calories and full-in-sugar kinda dressing packs way too many calories. Instead cooking at home most of the time will more likely be healthier, not to mention cheap too.
Bottom line: Cook it fit for a healthy and happy life & so much mooooore. 🙂
2. Eating breakfast for hitting snooze
Oooooh believe me that I know how tempting is to hit the snooze button (I loooooove sleeping in a bit longer), but you must have noticed that skipping breakfast gives you the munchies later on and slows down your metabolism, too.
Bottom line: Stop skipping breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day because it boosts your energy levels and maintain a constant body weight.
3. Whole fruit for fruit juice
Juice derived from fruit with no added ingredients (100 percent fruit juice) is certainly healthier than juice from concentrate or with added sugar. And it contains many of the vitamins found in the equivalent whole fruit. But it still lacks the dietary fiber found in whole fruit, which may help you reduce heart disease risk, control weight, and aid digestion.
Bottom line: So skip the juice glass as often as possible and go for the whole piece of fruit instead to reap its benefits.
4. Olive oil and lemon for other dressings
Think this way: the fewer ingredients listed on that dressing bottle, the healthier. Not to mention, it’s cheap (when you sum it up, you might even save some cash), healthy and no additives included!
Bottom line: Easy-peasy dress your salad with some extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
5. Fresh spinach for iceberg lettuce
How many times have you used iceberg lettuce for your regular salad? I bet a dozen times. Frankly, I did it too until I got bored. Besides, spinach is full of vitamins K, A, calcium, and iron.
Bottom line: Start adding spinach to your salads more often and I promise you won’t go wrong.
6. Oatmeal for sugary cereals
Oh gosh, you have NO idea how much I HATE those sugary cereals bought from any store. YES, they can be filled with sugar and additives.
Go to the natural stores instead and buy all the ingredients, such as: oatmeal (I for one prefer the gluten-free version as I find it easier to digest), sunflower seeds, chia and flax seeds, goji berries, dried cranberries, walnuts, almonds, acai and maca powder. It’s been nearly five years since I’ve used any type of store bought cereals and I couldn’t be happier with the visible results (one of them is that my skin looks so much younger).
Bottom line: So choose to make your own müsli from scratch instead.
7. Avocado for butter
Love this one, really! It’s so much tastier to spread avocado instead of butter. You could also add some smoked salmon and sprinkle chia seeds on top for a perfect healthy snack.
Bottom line: Buy AVOCADO instead of margarine/butter and let me know how much you liked it.
8. Medium plate for extra large one
It does make sense that using a larger plate have us eating more than planned. Take it step by step and switch to a smaller one – the medium one.
Bootom line: I am not kidding!
9. Mustard for mayo
Don’t you also love spreading some tasty and naturally fat-free mustard on the bread and then topped with turkey breast, goat cheese, and sliced red bell pepper??? Hmmmm, yummy!
Bottom line: For tomorrow’s healthy snack, skip the mayo and use mustard.
10. Eating three meals for skipping out
I heard you – your are too busy for three meals. Then STOP being that busy and grab a mid-day meal to boost your energy and good mood.
How many times have you felt tired and sluggish? Right, I forgot GRUMPY too. Way too many hours going by without eating won’t do you any favor.
Bottom line: Try to eat healthy snacks between breakfast, lunch and dinner (so you eat more than 3 meals a day) and you will be less likely to grab junk food once you get home.
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Be healthy and happy!
With love, Cris