I’ve never been a diet person. If something feels too restrictive or hard to keep up with, then I know it probably won’t last long. Instead, I’ve maintained a healthy figure over the years by following a lifestyle that makes me feel fit without being too hard on myself. It’s not about denying yourself that occasional piece of cake (or pie in my case!). It’s about practicing portion control, choosing whole foods over processed ones, and of course, staying active. So today’s blog post is all about healthy eating hacks that you won’t have to think twice about. They’re easy habits to get into that don’t feel anything like a diet. And if you have New Year’s resolutions that involve getting in shape, you’ll definitely want to give them a try…
1. Pre-Pack Your Snacks
Even if you’ve mastered the art of portion control when it comes to your plate, it’s all too easy to overdo it with snacking. The first step is choosing healthy snacks over processed junk. That part is easy. Some of my favorite snack foods to keep on hand are nuts; snap pea crisps; carrot sticks with hummus and a dash of cayenne; and apple slices with almond butter. But my real trick for dealing with a snack attack is portioning off snack-size bags ahead of time. My favorite Blue Avocado reusable (re)zip baggies come in half and one cup sizes, perfect for DIy ‘snack packs.’ I make a whole week’s worth of bags at once, so that I can grab them and go. When you’re eating straight from the bag, you’re asking for trouble. So I really swear by this trick!
2. Double Your Recipes
Nine times out of 10, the meal you cook at home is going to be healthier than the meal you order out. You know exactly what goes into it, so you can choose the freshest organic ingredients and limit things like hydrogenated oils. But when life gets busy, cooking every night isn’t always realistic. So to save time later on, anytime I make something that freezes well like a soup, stew, or enchiladas, I double the recipe. We eat one serving that night, and defrost one a couple weeks later. The Blue Avocado re(zips) also come in a gallon size and are freezer safe, so I find myself using those a lot. They take up way less room in the freezer than a Tupperware would.
3. Buy in Bulk
One of my biggest secrets to sticking to a healthy diet is having a well-stocked pantry. If you know you have the ingredients to whip up a balanced meal, you’re less likely to turn to junk. Make whole foods like greens, nuts, and seeds staple items in your household. Buy quinoa, chia, oats, and almonds from the bulk bins and then store them in Blue Avocado (re)zips, so that you always have them on hand. Purchase large bunches of kale or chard at the beginning of the week, rinse and dry the leaves, and then store them in a gallon size (re)zip for quick and easy cooking.
Are you going to give my healthy eating hacks a try?
Share your own tips and tricks in the comments.