How to Make Healthy Eating Easy

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Hi friend! I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  If you’ve been here long you know I’m passionate about fitness, exercise and healthy eating.  Over the years, I’ve found the easiest way to fuel my body with healthy foods is to meal prep.

I’ll take about an hour twice a week to prep my meals in advance.  That way, when I’m ready to eat, all I have to do is pull out a premade meal and heat it up.

When you do that, you can be very specific about your portion sizes if you’re trying to be mindful of that.

Lately, I’ve been doing a similar thing, but instead of prepping entire meals, I’m just preparing various ingredients that can easily be made into various meals.

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HEALTHY EATING TIPS

MAKE HEALTHY FOODS EASILY ACCESSIBLE

If you want to create a habit or routine of eating healthy, you need to make eating healthy AS EASY as it is to eat less healthy foods.  That is, the healthy food has to be easily accessible and ready to go- just as easy as unwrapping a candy bar.

So, take the time to wash and cut your fruit and veggies ahead of time, so they are ready to go when you’re ready to eat them.

HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS HANDY

Often after I finish a meal, I crave something sweet.  I’ll start wanting something chocolatey or some other kind of dessert.  I’ve found that eating fresh fruit helps satisfy that craving.

Make sure when your groceries arrive that you go ahead and wash I have the fruit cut up and easily accessible in the fridge so I can just make a bowlful to have after a meal.

Watermelon, strawberries and cantaloupe are my kids’ favorite, so that’s what I tend to order the most.

LOAD UP ON FRUITS, VEGGIES AND PROTEIN

Think about the way you want to eat.  What kinds of foods make you feel good and give you energy.

For me, a balanced meal has protein, carbs and a little fat.  I really focus on getting about 20 grams of protein at each meal from seafood, tofu, tempeh and occasionally chicken.

Then, I load up on veggies.  My go-to are broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, bell peppers.  I’ll usually have about 1-2 cups in my meals.

My carbs are typically rice or potatoes, especially sweet potatoes.

For fats, I’ll include olive oil or avocado.

Since I work from home, just having the ingredients washed, cut and separated is easy enough for me.  When it’s time for lunch or dinner, I’ll just toss the ingredients into my skillet and make a bowl out of them.

You can easily change the flavor profile with different spices, seasonings and sauces.

For shrimp, I usually buy that frozen and then let it defrost.

Add it to a pan with some cooking spray and let it cook with the veggies until they’re cooked through and crispy.

I’m crazy for this teriyaki sauce and a little goes a long way.  You can add it to the pan as your food cooks or drizzle it on after as a topping.

It makes such a good Asian inspired dish come alive.

Air Fryer • Toaster

For tofu or tempeh, I’ll crisp it up in my air fryer at about 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

This meal is tofu, cabbage, green beans, onions, red bell peppers and sprouts topped with teriyaki sauce.

Shrimp, rice, green beans and broccoli with salt and pepper and sesame seeds is another go-to.

I’ll also prep tuna and eat it on an open face sandwich with spinach or arugula.  Throwing something like that in the mix helps keep me from getting board with my meals.

And I love a chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta.  The everything bagel seasoning is so good on that and I’ll also drizzle on balsamic vinegar.

But honestly, I really enjoy these meals, so I’m content to eat them on repeat.  Then, I

HAVE A PREMADE GROCERY LIST

With the Walmart+ membership, you can add things to your list as you run out or need them and it also keeps track of past purchases for easy reference.

Although not a complete list, things I tend to buy on repeat are:

FRUIT

Strawberry

Cantaloupe

Watermelon

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Blueberries

Banana

VEGGIES

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Brussel Sprouts

Purple Cabbage

Bell Pepper

PROTEIN

Frozen Shrimp

Tofu

Chickpeas

Beans

Fish – Cod, Salmon, Halibut

Tuna

Chicken

CARBS

Jasmine Rice

Sweet Potato

SEASONING

Sesame Seeds

Avocado

Teriyaki Sauce

Liquid Aminos

Everything Bagel

Lemon Pepper

DON’T OVERTHINK IT

It’s easy to overthink meal prep and believe you need a stretch of uninterrupted hours in order to get it done.  That’s not the case.  It’s usually an hour or less and I might listen to a podcast while I’m doing it so that it really is an enjoyable task.

I’ll usually order groceries and have them delivered the same day or next.  I put the groceries away and then do the food prep the day after that so it’s not too much work all at once.

DON’T BUY THE THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO EAT, BUT FIND AN ALTERNATIVE

I have so little self control around savory desserts.  If I buy my favorite ice cream, I will eat it in big batches until it’s gone.  Then my stomach hurts the next day.  So I stopped buying it.  Goodbye Haagan Dazs Caramel Cone.

So I started buying lower fat frozen Greek yogurt instead- hello Yasso Salted Caramel Bars!  It’s a better choice and I don’t really miss the ice cream.  I try to find things that can satisfy and substitute for the thing I’m trying to avoid.

A while ago, I decided I wanted to get out of the habit of eating cereal at night.  I used to always eat a big bowl before bed and it never filled me up, so I’d end up eating 2 bowls.  Finally, I stopped buying it. Problem solved!

Of course there are indulgences, but in general, you can really enjoy eating and food and have it be healthier for you.  I know I feel so much bette when I stick to a healthier diet.  You too?

What are your tips for eating healthy?  Do you have a favorite healthy recipe? And if you’re not a Walmart+ member yet, give it a try for 30 days FREE here!

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4 Comments

  1. mimi
    July 30, 2022 / 10:53 am

    Would you please share what you use the air fryer for besides tofu? I bought one being influenced by someone over a month ago and have yet to use it. I do live in a warm & humid climate similar to you but I have no idea what to use it for. Broccoli? Sweet potatoes? What healthy food can it cook? Any ideas you share would be appreciated. Thank you for sharing your healthy lifestyle. It’s why I’m here.

    • Lisa
      August 4, 2022 / 9:44 am

      I LOVE my air fryer! I use it daily for Brussel sprouts, broccoli and potatoes. Typically I use heat at 375 and air fry for 8-10 minutes – checking the basket as I go. Chicken fingers are also great since you can make your own batter and then just air fry a few. The best book I’ve found for recipes is Air Fry Every Day by Ben Mims.

    • Tiffany
      August 9, 2022 / 9:17 pm

      Not super healthy, but also not terrible….Costco has chicken nuggets that when cooked in an air fryer taste just like chick fil a’s.

  2. Tiffany
    August 9, 2022 / 9:19 pm

    Roasted veggies are my go to when I want to eat well. It seems like we have to buy a ton of vegetables each week, but everyone loves them roasted, and it’s great to have leftovers on hand.

    I realized that I had started getting a second helping at dinner time. Not a good habit. So now, even if I still feel hungry, I just wait it out. It’s rare that I actually need more food.

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