Most people don’t intentionally eat unhealthy, but giving your diet an overhaul can feel expensive and daunting. Fortunately, eating better doesn’t have to be either. With some simple steps, you can be on your way to a healthier diet with little expense or stress.
Consume More Vegetables
Focusing on eating less of certain foods can make you feel deprived, especially when you are just beginning to eat healthy. If you focus on eating more vegetables instead, you will pack more nutrients into your diet without the deprived feeling. As an added bonus, you will fill up and be less likely to indulge in unhealthy foods. Most vegetables are also inexpensive!
Substitute Ground Beef with Beans
Beans can often easily replace meat in meals, which can reduce cholesterol and fat without sacrificing protein. You’ll also add vitamin C and fiber to your meal. With the right preparation, your meals will still be tasty but much healthier and even less expensive with this simple swap.
Drink Mostly Water
Water keeps you hydrated, which can help with weight regulation, immunity, and many other aspects of health. While purchasing bottled water can get expensive, buying a water bottle with a filter allows you to inexpensively add more water into your day while making it easy to fill up anywhere. Drinking mostly water will also help to keep you away from sugar filled and calorie laden drinks.
Prep Foods Ahead
Make it easy to make a healthy choice in the moment by cutting up fruits and vegetables or setting up healthy meals so they can be quickly prepared. If you find that you don’t have enough time to prep, purchase frozen fruits and veggies or pre-cut fresh options at the grocery store. When the option that will be the quickest is also healthy, it’s a set up for success.
Be Selective with Your Carbs
Potatoes, rice, quinoa, and oats are great carbs that can help you to fill up quickly while providing you with tons of nutrients. Breads, pastries and cakes are carbs that will fill you up, but they also contain added sugars and far fewer nutrients. By being selective with your carbs, you can stay full and satisfied while improving the quality of your meals.
Cook with Olive Oil
Cooking with olive oil instead of butter can add good fats to your diet that can help to lower your cholesterol. Olive oil contains antioxidants and helps your body to absorb certain nutrients. Olive oil can also reduce inflammation and help to protect against certain health conditions such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Making small changes to your diet may help you to improve your health. Visit a doctor for more specific advice about how you can change your diet for optimal wellness. If you need insurance to make doctor visits more affordable, call 704-527-4220 today and work with our professionals to find the plan that’s right for you.