The new year is here and with that comes countless new year’s resolutions to eat healthier. And, as we all know, this is easier said than done. Incorporating healthy eating habits into your diet takes dedication and time. It doesn’t happen overnight and is surely a work in progress.
Luckily for you, we’ve got a few tips to help you tackle not only the new year but all the unhealthy food temptations that come along with it. This starts slowly by incorporating healthy eating habits into your daily diet. Here are a few tips on how you can start just that:
Cut Out Sugary Drinks & Choose Water Instead
We cannot emphasize enough how important water is to your daily diet. Many energy and sports drinks advertise themselves as healthy alternatives but there is nothing healthier for you than pure water. So next time you’re at lunch, choose a bottle of water over a soda or sugary drink.
Be sure to drink water throughout your day too. Whenever you’re thirsty or just simply bored, go grab a cup of water. Staying hydrated will keep you focused and energetic all day long. And if you are craving something sweet, add a slice of lemon or some fruit to give your water a twist.
Eat from the Sea
Fish are one of the healthiest options. Fish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients such as proteins that are vital to your overall health. If you’re not a fan of fish, there are healthy ways to spice up this healthy dish. Consider a maple-glazed salmon or lemon-pepper tilapia. The sea holds endless opportunities for tasty meals and healthy alternatives.
Make Your Plate More Colorful
A key way to start incorporating healthy eating habits into your diet is eating a generous amount of fruits and vegetables with every meal. Choose vibrant colored fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients such as tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, sweet potatoes, blueberries, carrots, and green beans.
Aim to fill half of your plate with colorful vegetables and fruits like these. Fruits and vegetables are packed with crucial antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Seek Out Whole-Grains
Instead of eating the standard refined grains you’re most likely used to, seek out whole grains. Refined grains are your unhealthy grains like white bread. Whole grains are a great source of fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, and iron.
In addition to being highly nutritious, whole grains often taste better and fresher. They can also reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Moderate portions are key to ensuring healthy eating habits. We’re all guilty of overeating every once in a while, but in order to have healthy eating habits, it’s necessary to control these urges. Only allow yourself moderate portions of meals so you resist the urge to overeat. Small plates are extremely important to incorporate healthy eating habits into your daily diet.
Choose Baking Over Frying
Last but most definitely not least, you need to truly think about the way you’re cooking your meals. Frying and grilling can turn an otherwise healthy meal into an unhealthy one in a matter of minutes. Instead of frying or grilling, opt for healthier alternatives such as roasting or baking. Oftentimes, these cooking techniques taste better also. Dishes such as roasted tomatoes and baked chicken are delicious healthy alternatives.
Follow these few tips for a healthy 2019! Slowly incorporate all of these healthy eating habits to transform your daily diet. We wish you the very best of luck on your journey!