We all want to be fit and healthy but sometimes eating healthy just seems overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you eat that will actually taste good? You can make healthy eating easy and actually enjoy it!
I found out that I had high cholesterol earlier this year and I knew I needed to make some changes. I have a three year old little girl that needs her mom to be healthy and to set a good example.
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I started working out at home doing Beachbody workouts and eating better so that I could be healthy and be in better shape than I was, and it worked.
You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know how to eat right, you just need a few tips to make it easy so that you will actually stick with it.
I wanted to share a few things that have worked for me and made eating healthy a reality for my family. Once you start getting in the habit of doing these things, it won’t take you any extra time at all.
Plan your Meals
The thing that really helps is to plan ahead. You don’t have to plan for the whole month, but maybe just do it weekly. Plan a menu before you go shopping.
I like to come up with recipes that will use what is on sale at the stores that week. It’s one of the ways I’ve saved 75% on my grocery bill.
If you aren’t great at coming up with recipes to use, I like using 5 Dollar Meal Plan. Every week, they send you pre-made meal plans or you can build your own. Each meal will cost less than $5 per serving so this is a great way to save money.
You can choose from a classic meal plan but they also have vegetarian and gluten-free plans as well. You can get a free 14 day trial to see if you like it.
Prep your Meals
The reason people grab takeout or fast food is because it is convenient. You want to make eating healthy as convenient as possible so you don’t have to stop and get unhealthy food on the way home.
Take one day or two days a week to prep your food for that week.
Maybe on Sunday you will wash, peel, and chop all of the vegetables and store them in the fridge for later use. On Wednesday, you can cook and season all of your meats and carbs that will be used.
To save time, you can cook meats in the slow cooker or in an instant pot.
I like using some high quality containers or bento boxes to store the food in. You can also use these to prep your lunches for work or school.
You can actually eat healthy on a budget. By shopping the BOGO sales on produce and meats at the grocery store, you can save more eating healthy foods than you would by eating out.
Planning your meals and sticking to a list are key. Try to shop the perimeter of the stores where the fresh fruits, meat, and produce are kept.
You do have to give yourself some indulgences so try to stick to 80% healthy foods and 20% craving foods. If you deprive yourself for too long, you won’t be able to stick to eating healthy the majority of the time.
Cutting out sugary drinks and sodas has saved me a ton of money. I do like to add some strawberries or raspberries to my water to give it some flavor. But just by using a Brita pitcher, we’ve been able to save a lot over the past year.
If you don’t like grocery shopping but still want to save on healthy food options, sites like Amazon Pantry and Thrive Market are great choices. They are easy to use and you can save a significant amount on your grocery bill.
You need to take the time to prep your snacks just like you do your meals. The reason we grab a bag of chips is because they are convenient.
Put some almonds or fresh fruit in little bags or containers so that you can easily grab some when you want a snack.
You should have 2 snacks a day, one after breakfast and one after lunch to boost your metabolism. Some other great snacks are chopped veggies and hummus, Greek yogurt, and low-fat cheese.
If you plan and prep your meals, this will save you a lot of time during the week. I know that life can get crazy so some weeks, it may be more difficult to get everything done.
If you want to save time and still make healthy eating easy, you may want to invest in a box meal service like Blue Apron.
They send all of the ingredients and the recipe right to your door so you can get a healthy and delicious meal without having to go shopping.
My family has had Blue Apron several times and the meals were delicious and all of the prep was done for me.
You can choose from 2-person or family plans and get $30 off your first order.
If you start using these tips, you can make healthy eating easy and get the whole family on board. The hardest part for me is just making sure I have snacks at the ready for when that craving hits.
By keeping my shopping list full of healthy snack options, it helps keep the junk food out of the house so I’m not reaching for that when I want to have a Netflix binge night.
Let me know what are some ways that make healthy eating easy for you?