I don’t know about you, but I love finding ways to make eating healthy easy. I always have the best intentions to eat better. Sometimes, life just gets in the way and makes it very difficult to stick to it.
Does that sound like you?
If so, whether you are looking to lose weight or just improve your health, you are going to want to memorize these awesome tips to make eating healthy easy.
Before we get into these tips, I want you to know that these really will work. I know because I use them.
Yes, there is a but and it is a very important one so make note.
You need to follow through.
There is no magic wand you can wave to make these things happen. Although I wish there was. You are going to have to do some work to make eating healthy easy.
Now, these aren’t super difficult, but you still need to be consistent and keep up with this advice to make it work.
This isn’t a one and done type of thing. However, if you do these things, it will make eating healthy so easy!
1. Stock Your Kitchen to Make Eating Healthy Easy
The best place to start when trying to eat better is your kitchen.
Depending on what you’re eating habits are right now, this could take a little work.
You want to stock your kitchen with healthy items. Snacks that won’t make you feel bad when you eat them.
If your kitchen is full of processed foods, like chips and snack cakes, you want to replace them with the healthy options.
Some great items to stock your kitchen with are:
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Frozen Fruits and Vegetables (this is usually a much cheaper option and they still offer about as much nutrition as fresh)
- Apples and Nut Butter
- Cottage Cheese
- Cheese Crisps
By stocking your kitchen with healthy options, you will only have those healthy options to choose from.
My husband always tells me that we can’t keep chips in the house. If he knows they are there, he eats them. Like the whole bag. In one sitting!
When you take away that temptation and replace it with healthy options, even if you are snacking, you are at least eating something healthy.
And eventually you will essentially be retraining your brain to make healthier options. So, even if you have chips in the house for the kids, it will be easy to pick a piece of fruit rather than the chips.
2. Meal Plan
I love meal planning! It is extremely helpful. I could talk about it forever, but I won’t do that to you.
One of the best reasons to meal plan is to make things easy on you. In my house, if we do not meal plan, my husband and I do this dance of “what do you feel like eating tonight,” “I don’t know. What do you feel like”?
Ugh. It sucks!
But meal planning takes the guess work out of what you are having. And I suggest writing it down and keeping it on your fridge, so you always remember what you have planned.
Disclaimer: I can’t promise, just because it is written and posted on the fridge, that your husband or kids won’t still ask you what is for dinner.
Another great reason to meal plan is to help make sure you make better choices. We want to make eating healthy easy, remember.
So, deciding healthy meals ahead of time allows you to ensure you are choosing something healthy.
It also helps cut down on the fast food, since you will already have a meal planned.
We have all done that before. Don’t know what to eat so you just run through a fast food place because it is easier than trying to decide what to make and then actually make it.
Important Note: If you are going to meal plan, also shop for all of your ingredients too. If you have everything you need for your meals, you will be less likely to deviate from them.
3. Meal Prep to Make Eating Healthy Easy
Along with meal planning comes meal prepping.
To meal prep, you are simple preparing some or all of your meals ahead of time.
What could make eating healthy easier than already having your healthy meals made and ready to eat.
I will be honest with you. I have meal prepped before, but I don’t do it much. I like my food cooked fresh. If there are parts, like vegetables that need to be chopped, I will do that ahead of time. But the actual cooking I do on the day I eat it.
We usually make enough leftovers that we put in containers for lunch the next day.
It all depends on your preference. Most of the time, there is something that you can prep ahead of time for your meals.
Even if it is something like chopping vegetables ahead of time, do it.
Saving yourself time later really does make a difference.
When eating healthy doesn’t feel like such a chore, it is easier to stick with. That prepping will also ensure that you stick with what you had planned.
You went through the work of prepping it, you aren’t going to waste perfectly good food.
4. Keep It Up When You Eat Out
This is where many people hit a roadblock on their way to their goals. We are a society that eats out. Whether it be a work thing or a social gathering, it is bound to happen.
You just need to remember; healthy choices are yours to make.
Most restaurants have healthier options on their menus. Take a look at them.
Maybe you try a nice chicken salad rather than a greasy burger.
I want to point out that it is okay to indulge every once in a while, as long as you don’t go overboard and as long as it doesn’t knock you off the wagon.
I say that last part because I have a friend that loves soda and she has to be off of it for a really long time before she can indulge. If she doesn’t, she ends up drinking it frequently again.
But, back to eating out.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing to make eating healthy easy.
- If you are eating a salad, get the dressing on the side. This allows you to only use the amount you need and cuts down on excess.
- Order a side of vegetables, or something that comes with veggies. Veggies aren’t just healthy; they also fill you up.
- If you are looking to swap something, like veggies instead of fries or no bun, don’t be afraid to ask.
- Skip the soda and drink water. Add a wedge of lemon if you need some flavor.
- Eat half your meal and take the rest home. This controls your portion size and gives you a lunch for the next day.
5. Use Ingredients That Do More to Make Eating Healthy Easy
As you read the title for this one, I am sure you were thinking, huh. What is an ingredient that does more?
What I mean is use ingredients that do more than just flavor your food. Things that have added benefits.
What could be better to make eating healthy easy, than to use spices and other things that make your dish even healthier without you have to do any extra work?
I am going to give you some great examples in a second, but before I do, I want you to know that a lot of these can be added to most recipes.
If you aren’t much for experimentation, you can also go online and look up, “recipes that contain ________”.
This is not a full list of ingredients that can do more for you. By all means if there is something you like that is not on the list, take a moment and look it up to see what, if anything, it does.
Here are several ingredients that do more.
Apple cider vinegar– has many benefits, such as weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.
Garlic– can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help strengthen your immune system. There are also claims that is may help reduce the risk of cancer.
Turmeric– has the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Ginger– can help promote weight loss. It also aids in digestion and reduce nausea. Ginger can be used to help fight the flu and common cold too.
Basil– can help fight depression and promote a healthy gut. It is also a great source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Rosemary– can be used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system. It has also been shown to promote hair growth.
Cayenne– has been used to treat aches and pains of the muscles and joints. This is a spicy ingredient, so it can help boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories.
6. Portion Control
Before I dive into portion control, it is important that you understand what a portion size is. Many people get it confused with serving size, which is very different.
A portion size is the amount of food you allow yourself to eat.
We live in a world where we believe that bigger and more is always better. And we attribute this to the portion size of our food as well.
But when it comes to food, that should not be the approach to take because it leads to always overeating.
For many people, if it is there, they eat it. Even if they aren’t hungry!
Have you ever had that problem?
If you have, then you probably already know that you are eating more than what your body needs. And unfortunately, when this happens, it isn’t with a bunch of fruits and veggies.
This is where portion control comes in and is going to make eating healthy easy.
There are many different tips and tricks to reduce your portion size of your food.
Some say that it is best to only serve yourself a little at a time, so once you are done, if you feel like you want to get more, you have to get up to get more.
Getting up is supposed to help you decide if you really need that extra helping.
The tip I like most is this.
Use smaller dishes.
Take a look at your plates and bowls. I don’t know about you but when I bought my set of plates and bowls, it came with 4 big plates, 4 small plates, and 4 larger bowls.
If you only have big dishware, go out and get yourself some smaller plates and bowls.
Using the smaller plates will help make sure less is on the plate, and when you have a full small plate, as opposed to the same amount on the larger plate, you think that it is a large portion.
It’s ok to trick your brain.
You can do the same thing by using smaller bowls, as well.
This makes for a great way to make eating healthy easy!
7. Make it a Routine to Make Eating Healthy Easy
Now, I realize the title says 6 ways to make eating healthy easy and now we are on number 7.
It is not a mix-up. This is like a bonus for you.
And something that can help you tie together all of the other points we talked about.
How you do that is by making them routine.
Get in the habit of making eating healthy easy.
Don’t just do these tips once in a while. Do them every day.
By making these routine, you won’t have to think about what healthy things you should be doing. You will automatically be doing them.
For example, pick a day that you are going to sit down, meal plan, and go grocery shopping for those meals. Maybe you decide you will get all of your meal prep that you want to do, done that day as well.
That is totally up to you. But once you pick, do it every week.
Soon, you won’t have to remind yourself that, that day is your meal planning day. It will become automatic.
Put It Into Action
We went over seven different ways that you can make eating healthy easy.
Some of these tips might suite you more than others, but you should be able to implement a few of these ideas and be able to keep them going.
Just to recap, you want to stock your kitchen with healthy options. If you need to get rid of other temptations, like the chips and ding dongs you have hiding, do that first.
Then keep things like hard boiled eggs, nuts, and fruits and veggies on hand.
Work on your meal planning and meal prepping skills, so you always have your healthy meals planned and ready to go.
Even when you go out, keep up your healthy eating. Look at their healthier menu options, get dressing on the side, order some vegetables, and try the eat half take half tip. You can still enjoy yourself and keep to your goal.
Don’t forget to experiment and try throwing in some ingredients that do more for you. Test out some apple cider vinegar. Or try adding some garlic, cayenne, ginger, or basil to your meals.
Always use portion control to ensure you do not overeat. If this means getting smaller dishes to help you do this, invest in them. It will be a great benefit in the long run.
Finally, make some or all of these tips a routine. Do them whenever you are trying to make eating healthy easy for yourself. Making them automatic is going to help ensure you keep doing them.
So, start by trying out one of these tips today and make eating healthy easy!