Saturday, May 20, 2017

5 Snacks for the Transition into Healthy Eating

I'm not a healthy eater. I like my sugar and I like my butter. However, recently I've been exercising a bit more and it's been making me think, maybe I should start eating better? I started exercising more often in order to start leading a healthier lifestyle and I've definitely seen some progress. But the thing is, there's so much more to healthy living than just doing some exercise every now and then. Although I want to start eating better, it's not easy to just transition from normal eating habits into full-on heath mode. Because of that, I've been trying to look for some foods that I can incorporate into my normal diet in order to help myself transition into healthier eating. Here are a few that I've found. 


Granola Bars

By this, I don't just mean the simple, sugary granola bars, I mean trying out the healthier granola bars, the ones with more fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Clif Bars are a great transition into healthier granola bars, they're tasty and have a lot of different flavors, including some super unique ones, that will definitely pique your interest. I've also been trying out Luna Bars, I like the Lemon Zest flavor, it smells just like a lemon bar. Trying out these healthier granola bar options is a great choice for trying to move towards the health-food section and beginning to eat more complex carbohydrates and fiber.


Yogurt and Granola/Flax seed

Add some fiber into your diet by eating granola and flax seed with yogurt. The granola adds some nice texture and crunch to the yogurt and honestly I think that it makes it taste better, plus you can reap the benefits of the granola and flax seed while enhancing the taste of the yogurt. Granola can be quite sugary, so instead of eating plain granola, eating it with yogurt cuts back on the amount. I personally don't like the taste of Greek yogurt, but if you want to make this snack even better for you, use some Greek yogurt to get that protein in.

Whole Grain Breads

I usually eat all-white breads with refined grains, but eating complex carbohydrates is much better for you, they provide long-term energy, dietary fiber, anti-oxidants and other health benefits. Since whole grain bread isn't necessarily my cup of tea, I've been working my way towards eating more of these by eating them occasionally, not every day, but still trying to get used to incorporating them into my everyday diet. My favorite whole grain choice is whole grain bagels, that way I can slather on the same amount of cream cheese that I usually add so that it's not too different from my normal diet, making it a lot more comfortable and easy to work my way into more complex grains. Plus, I love bagels.

Smoothies

This is a great way to get a plethora of vitamins from fruit and vegetables. I know that some people that are really interested in healthy living really amp up their smoothies, with kale, protein powder, and whatnot, but I usually go for a simpler smoothie. I always make strawberry banana smoothies, it's a classic combination and it never fails to taste delicious. If you want to add more to your smoothies, you can also add spinach and other greens and it'll still taste the same, you won't even taste the spinach. I've tried it before and although the color is not as appetizing, it still tastes just as delicious, while offering more vitamins.

Cereal with Whole Grain & Low Sugar

I love sugary cereals that we all ate during our childhoods, but they're definitely not the healthiest cereals out there and there a ton of healthier options that will give you a similar cereal taste that you already know and love, but will take you down a healthier path, with whole grains and lower amounts of sugar. Most of these healthier cereals are slightly more expensive, but that's because they're made of better quality ingredients, ingredients that are better for you to eat.

What are some healthy foods you like?

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