Let's be honest: eating well is hard stuff. It's something you'll be working on your entire life, and it can sometimes take months, or years to see the results. While we don't believe in fad diets, we do believe in making small, actionable changes to your daily eating habits that can put you on the path towards a healthier (or at least more balanced) lifestyle.
For your meals this week, try doing the following:
1) Roast Your Veggies
We've all had the experience of eating steamed - or worse, boiled - veggies. And while they hit the spot for some people, it can run the risk of over-cooking them into a mushy mess, or you just feel like you're a kid again and being forced to eat your veggies.
Next time you're cooking veggies, try roasting them! It brings a nice charred, crispness to your veggies, and even without seasoning, just makes them taste a whole lot better. If using an oven, throw it up to 400 and put your veggies in there for 15 minutes or so, or until they're to your liking.
Don't have time to wait for the oven?
If you have a cast iron skillet, try this for delicious veggies in 10 minutes or less:
- Heat the cast iron with some oil in the skillet
- Put your veggies in once the skillet is hot, cover for 5 minutes
- Put 2 tablespoons of water in there and cover for a quick steam to help cook the veggies a little more
- Uncover and toss the veggies around. Season and enjoy!
2) Wait 15 Minutes Post-Meal
When eating at home, it's pretty easy to get up and grab a half serving afterwards....or a whole serving....or a dessert...or a quick quesadilla....
But enough projecting. The reality is your digestive system takes awhile to signal to your brain that you're full (we've all had that moment where we ate with our eyes rather than with our stomachs). Once you've finished a meal, wait at least 15 minutes before you go and get more food. Let your digestive system work a bit and give time to send the appropriate signals to your brain!
3) Use More Spices
We touched on this in roasting your veggies, but adding spices to your food (especially veggies) can make a world of a difference. Rather than adding excessive amounts of butter and oil (which are high in calories), try using minimal amounts of those while upping your spice game! Experiment with what flavors you like, what smells good to you? Make sure you have your staples though! If I'm not feeling creative, my usual veggie spice go-tos are:
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Granulated Garlic
Add those 3 to any roasted veggies and taste the difference!
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