Healthy eating. Not a new concept.
You’ve read the articles, watched the documentaries, listened to the news. You know by now that the standard American diet is wreaking havoc on the population like the chainsaw guy in a haunted house… always out to get everybody.
But in a society that has food EVERYWHERE, it takes a lot of willpower for most of us to resist temptation. After all, smells are free and sometimes that’s all it takes to cave … do I smell cake?
I have compiled some tips of my own and tips from across the internet to provide a great list for super easy ways to eat like a boss mom, and get those fruits and veggies into your diet without trying too hard.
And without further ado:
1. Use frozen veggies in lieu of chopping/slicing/dicing vegetables for recipes.
This is a simple way to cut down prep time for meals. Chopped onions, three pepper & onion blend, and riced cauliflower are some pre-prepped, frozen veggies I’ve seen in stock at my local Kroger.
2. Fill a bottle with water in the morning and sip on it throughout the day.
I fill up a 36 oz. jug with water and bring it with me EVERYWHERE! Easiest way to get my daily dose of H20!
3. Bring healthy snacks with you when you leave the house.
This tip comes from Krista over at 12 Minute Athlete. You never know when hunger might strike, and that’s a scary thing, so carrying healthy snacks with you when you’re out and about is a must!
4. Have a smoothie every day.
This is one of the simplest (and most delicious) ways to get a ton of fruits and veggies into your day. Just put your ingredients into a blender, mix and enjoy!
There are so many great smoothie recipes on Pinterest that you could virtually have a different smoothie every day, for all of eternity…
5. Two words: overnight oats.
Prep two or three (or more) servings of overnight oats on a lazy night, and you’ll have an easy, tasty breakfast for the next few days.
6. Have an arsenal of canned beans in the cupboard.
Female First suggests stocking up on canned goods, particularly beans (any kind you like will do). This is an excellent way to add protein and fiber to a meal quickly and easily.
Be aware of sodium content, though. You can now find ‘low sodium’ or ‘no sodium added’ canned foods in most stores.
Also be aware that with beans, comes the farts.
7. Use (or in my case, overuse) the crockpot!
Meet my BFF, crockpot (it likes getting its picture taken outside). We spend countless days together. 😉
In the morning, put your ingredients in, set the timer, and enjoy a home cooked meal by the time dinner rolls around.
8. Avoid purchasing junk food when shopping.
Kristina from Love & Zest says it’s best to completely stop buying junk food. It will be much easier to say no to the cakes, cookies, and donuts if they’re not staring you in the face, begging for attention, every time you go into the kitchen.
9. Puree vegetables and hide ’em in meals.
I try to do this trick as often as I can with my kids.
For example, I usually puree raw mushrooms and spinach, then mix it in with marinara sauce to put on pizza or pasta.
The puree does turn the sauce a darker color depending on the number of veggies used, but it minimally (if at all) changes the taste or texture in my opinion.
10. Keep 3 or 4, simple ingredient lunch recipes (that you wouldn’t mind eating often) at your disposal.
Starving, but don’t know what to eat for lunch?
Sometimes it’s difficult to pre-plan every meal for every day. If you compose a few minimal ingredient recipes (like sandwich or wrap recipes) through a Pinterest board or bookmarked page on your computer, you can reference these for a quick meal.
Become familiar with these recipes, and ensure you have most of the ingredients on hand weekly so you can have several different lunch options available at all times! You can also use this tip for breakfast or dinner if you so desire.
11. Cook your eggs in the microwave.
Awesome tip from So Feminine. I actually do this for my kiddos when they eat eggs because it’s so quick and easy.
I usually spray a mug with cooking oil, crack an egg in, scramble it with a fork, and pop it in the microwave for about 1 minute. My kids call it an “egg patty”. Sounds kinda weird but tastes pretty similar to stove top scrambled eggs.
12. Cook a big batch of “something” and eat it throughout the week.
This could be anything that keeps well for awhile; muffins, boiled eggs, rice.
13. Read the nutrition label and don’t buy if it’s confusing and long.
BuzzFeed suggests this one, and it’s pretty straight forward. I’m all for buying pre-packaged products because they make cooking (and life) so much easier.
Just be sure to check the label to ensure there aren’t any strange ingredients. Sometimes foods are packaged to look healthy, but they’re really not. When in doubt, check the nutrition facts!
14. Add protein powder to baked goods, smoothies, and pancakes for a protein boost.
Not all protein powders are created equal.
I’m all for a little protein power, but I like to buy plant-based. Not only do plant-based protein powders provide a more filling meal or snack, but they also add some natural nutrients to the mix. Just be sure to read the ingredient label.
15. Make life simple and prepare 3 ingredient meals.
Greatist suggests doing this for fast and easy meals, and I have to agree. You can check out Pinterest for a plethera of three-ingredient meal recipes.
A bean burrito with rice, and banana pancakes are two recipes that I frequent often. They’re made with only 3 ingredients each, yo!
16. Stock up on fruit for when that sweet tooth hits!
Most raw fruits taste sweet to the palate on their own, so they’re a great option for a sugar craving. However, if fruit isn’t dessert-like enough for you, try dipping sliced apples in a peanut butter/yogurt mixture, freeze grapes or pineapple rings (maybe dipped in dark chocolate?!) on a stick for a popsicle treat, or make banana ice cream!
I hope these easy tips will help you as a busy mama incorporate a few more greeny greens into your lifestyle.
Comment and let me know what tips and tricks you already use to incorporate healthy eating habits into your day!
Until next time…