5 Simple and Effective Strategies for Improving Your Nutrition
Figuring out what to eat, when to eat and how to get enough vegetables can be very confusing and frustrating. It’s easy to over complicate things. We worry about the minor details instead of looking at the big picture. We want one simple solution that will solve all our problems instead of being committed to breaking down our habits one by one.
Here are 5 simple and effective strategies for improving your nutrition that will take you on a path to better health.
Hide your veggies in a smoothie
If you are looking to get more vegetables into your day, try making a smoothie loaded up with a bunch (and I mean a bunch) of spinach and maybe some kale if you’re feeling adventurous. Add a few berries, some water or almond milk, protein powder if you like and you have a well-balanced, nutrient packed meal or snack.
Have cooked proteins and veggies in the fridge for easy meals or snacks
This is a helpful strategy that you can use every week. During the weekend, meal prep and cook up a few different proteins such as chicken or ground beef and roast a few vegetables such as brussel sprouts, peppers, potatoes, beans or asparagus. This way if you are crunched for time at lunch or dinner, you can confidently know that you can go to the fridge and create a healthy meal in no time.
Have a water bottle with you at all times
Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go. You can fill it up at a gas station, a coffee shop, grocery stores, and so many other places. If your bottle is with you, you are more likely to be reminded to drink water.
Create a list of the foods you like in each of these categories: Proteins, Veggies, Healthy Fats, and Carbohydrates
When it comes to creating meals or going grocery shopping, it’s easy to think, “I don’t know what to buy, cook or eat.” Try taking some time to sit down and create a list of all the foods you like under each category doing this will make it easier to go to the store and create balanced meals out of foods you love. You can also get adventurous and create a “Foods I would love to try” list.
Stressing out about food will create a negative impact on your body. Food should be enjoyable, nutritious and easy. Work on one habit at a time and take it easy on yourself. You cannot eat perfectly every day, week, month or year. Instead start to think of your nutrition as an experiment and tune in to the feedback your body gives you.