April 22, 2013

New Year's Resolution

Continuing with ways to eat healthier. . .

Get creative. . . No one says you have to eat all your helpings of fruit and vegetables in just one meal.  Try adding blueberries or bananas to your cereal in the morning.  Make a fruit smoothie for a snack.  Put lettuce and tomato on your sandwich to boost the amount of servings you need per day.  Even better add a bowl of vegetable soup along side your sandwich.  Grate some carrot into your spaghetti sauce -- the kids won't even know that you did.  If you must eat something sweet (like I do!!), try my butterscotch & vanilla granola bars.  They taste like a cookie but are a healthier snack than a piece of chocolate cake.   I know baked goods are certainly not the healthiest for us, but if you do bake use whole wheat flour, add nuts, etc. and stick to recipes like zucchini muffins or banana bread.  As the saying goes, every little bit helps!

Eat whole grains. . . Most of us don't get enough fiber in our bodies.  One simple way to add more fiber is to replace white bread with 100% whole grain bread.  Eat brown rice instead of white.  Eat whole grain pasta instead of white.  Just remember to add this to your diet slowly -- your body needs a chance to get used to all that fiber!  You can even mix some of the white with the 100% whole grain initially.  It will also give you and your family a chance to get used to the new textures and flavors.

Other suggestions to include more fiber in your diet include leaving the skin on your vegetables, eat some nuts for a snack (or add to your salad) and make dishes with beans (i.e. Black Bean QuesadillasMinestrone Soup or Vegetarian Chili).  

Remember, the key is small steps.  Start with one small change and then build on that.

To be continued. . .

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