Healthy Eating Habits
101 tips and tricks to develop healthier eating habits to jump-start your own efforts.
Make a point to eat foods with healthy fats at each meal or snack. For example, walnuts in your granola at breakfast, water-packed tuna at lunch with olive oil on a salad, natural peanut butter with an apple for a snack, and avocado on your black bean tacos for dinner.
Revel in the flavor, ease, and frugality of cooking a whole chicken. Click here for One Bird Three Meals.
Keep a variety of unsalted nuts on hand: walnuts, almonds, peanut, pine nuts, cashews, hazelnuts. Stored in the freezer, they will keep up to a year, and are amazingly versatile in all types of recipes.
For crunch and flavor, sprinkle pumpkin seeds, walnuts, or other nuts or seeds on your salad instead of cheese and white-bread croutons.
When grocery shopping, cruise the perimeter of the store first. This is where many of the unprocessed foods are located—produce, dairy, and meat, poultry, and fish. If you're trying to cut down on snack foods, avoid the cracker-cookie-chip aisles completely.
Whole fruit has more fiber and satisfies longer than juice (even 100% fruit juice).
Are you really hungry? If an apple or some other fruit doesn't appeal to you, you're probably not actually hungry – just bored or responding to external food cues.
If you're new to trying whole grains, start with different varities of whole-grain pasta. You may have heard horror stories about it in years past, but many improvements have been made to flavor and texture by food manufacturers.
Chop pre-cooked chicken sausage into small bits and keep in your freezer. It's a great way to add just a little meaty flavor to soups, omelets, and pasta dishes.
For an inexpensive, elegant healthy dessert, try making a fruit granita. Click here for a recipe.