Getting healthier is often synonymous with Brussel sprouts, cauliflower juice, stress, toilets, prunes, more stress and frowny faces. But come to think about it, that doesn’t sound all that healthy to us. We believe that health can be achieved without misery. We believe that a woman can maintain her health without losing her sanity and dignity in the process – and here are five tips to get you there:
Become a Sneaky Chef
If you take a creamy bowl of cheesy pasta, and then add a cup of broccoli to the mix – that’s being a sneaky chef. There are all kinds of ways to add healthy ingredients to stuff that is normally considered to be a ‘comfort food’ (a.k.a. comfy, but not always that healthy). We’ve never tried to mix peas into chocolate cake, but we do know that zucchini makes one heck of a good brownie substitute.
Stay Full Longer
The hungrier a woman is – the more difficult it is for her to eat healthily. This is because it takes a long time to prepare a healthy meal, and if you did that all day long, you might as well quit your day job and employ yourself as your own personal full-time chef. But you’d also probably get a pretty meager salary, so here’s a better idea. If you always make sure to add plenty of protein into your meals, it will slow down your digestion, and leave you feeling full longer. We’re talking about things like eggs, beans (hummus), nuts, chicken, and fish.
Ready Made Snacking
And let’s get real here. Even if you can get away with only three square meals a day, who really has time for even that much cooking? This is where protein (meal replacements) drinks will come in handy along with no-bake bars. You can just take some peanut butter (or whatever nut butter you prefer), mix it with some quick oats, some cocoa powder, vanilla, a dab of coconut oil, and heat everything in a saucepan into the mixture is well combined. Then all you do is roll up a few balls, set them in the refrigerator, and boom – you’ve got a breakfast and afternoon snack all in one, and it’s inexpensive, full of protein, and will last you a good portion of the week.
When it comes to a healthy living, we say, “Keep It Simple Sally.” You don’t have to slave over fancy 15-ingredients smoothies, juices, or salad dishes. Variety is healthy, but so is consistency. If you have a couple favorite healthy lunches and dinners you like to eat, and part of the reason you like them is because they are simple to make – go ahead and indulge yourself. When it comes to most diets, variety is important because these meal plans are not usually your favorite foods. But yes, we’re talking about your healthiest favorites and giving yourself permission to eat them as often as you like.
Spices of Life
Popcorn is boring, and that’s because it is only a foundation for something better. The magic of popcorn is not in itself – but whatever you put on it. A bowl of gourmet popcorn should sound more like Bacon-Chive, Mustard-Pretzel, pepperoni pizza, or Sushi. But hey, don’t blame us if the Sushi idea is not so good, as we’re not sure about that one either. The point is, you can spice up a lot of healthy snacks by relying on one simple foundation food like popcorn or celery to add bulk (the stuff that makes you full), and then adding in a small dose of something zesty or creamy to keep your taste buds happy too.