Eating healthily is important, most people understand this. For many, the key is to eat a well-balanced diet of protein and nutrients from fruits and veggies and limit the types of sugars and fats you take in.
This is great advice, but sometimes eating healthy can get monotonous and boring. This list will help you think of some creative and fun ways to keep yourself eating well and healthy.
The first tip is G.I.Y. or Grow It Yourself! Organic food is expensive, but if you want to be sure that the food you are eating is of the best quality, you can learn to garden and take care of it yourself. While there are great health benefits in the vegetables themselves, the very act of gardening can keep you healthy.
Physical activity will help you burn calories and tone the muscles in your arms. And being outside in the sunshine and fresh air will help you get vitamin D and can improve your breathing.
Finally, just the act of taking care of something like a garden can greatly improve your mental health and give you something to do when you’re bored. If you don’t live in an area where you can have a garden outside it is possible to grow herbs and other small plants inside by a windowsill or other area of a home.
Snacks Un-American Style
America has admittedly done a great job of growing produce and making food available to almost all of its communities across the nation. However, because of the massive undertaking of making the food, the quality of the food tends to be lower than if you grow it yourself.
Produce is grown with chemicals and insecticides, and many of the staple foods that are readily available across the country are filled with unhealthy amounts of sugars, fats, and calories.
A creative solution to this problem is not to pick through the snacks and food available but to simply go around American food altogether. Thanks to the global world we live in, you can have a box of authentic Japanese snacks delivered right to your home. Many foods from other cultures contain less fat and sugar than their American counterparts. This allows you to still have “dessert” or “snacks” but still eat healthy.
When you are trying to have a balanced diet, usually being told “go nuts” doesn’t help. But in this case, you shouldn’t go off the rails and do whatever you want, instead you should eat more nuts. Almonds, peanuts, cashews, and others like them are filled with protein and nutrients that are very good for you.
So the creative twist is that you can use nuts in some very surprising ways to make some classic things you love better for you. Use them to bread your chicken instead of bread crumbs, or throw them into a smoothie. Of course, you can also roast them as an alternative to fatty potato chips and other salty snacks. So the next time you’re trying to eat healthy, remember to go nuts!
You read that right. The final entry on our list is to eat, not drink, water. While drinking water is important to staying healthy, there are also many foods that you can eat that will help you stay hydrated during the day.
There are many foods that have high water content, some familiar ones you might enjoy include strawberries, watermelon, and cucumber. These alternatives offer different flavors and textures while still having over 90% water. All of these foods are fruits and vegetables, which means they are also perfect things to G.I.Y.