So, what did we learn from this challenge? A lot. Here are the top five tips I’m taking away that I wanted to share with you all:
Tip #1: Variety is the Spice of a Healthy Life
If you are going to eat salads on a daily basis, switch things up. You would not eat the same sandwich every day, so why make the same salad? Mix sweets and sours, crunchy and soft. (If you need ideas on what goes well together, look at any chain salad store’s popular mixes).
- Sweet: fresh fruits: strawberries, grapes, or kiwi; dried fruits (cranberries, cherries)
- Crunchy: Try nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
- Tart: pomegranate seeds
- Look at your salad dressing label; you may be adding much more than you think.
- Buy some cheese you enjoy on salads: feta, blue cheese, etc. An ounce or two makes a big difference!
Tip #2: Retrain Your Sweet Tooth
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola is a reasonable alternative to a high calorie dessert; and you feel better after you’ve eaten it. Frozen yogurt is a treat!
Tip #3: Don’t Forget To Dunk
Kids will eat fruit. The trick is dipping it in caramel or chocolate. You could also try low-calorie salad dressings and sauces.
Tip #4: Be a Quick Cook
Frozen vegetables in steam bags taste fresh. Fresh vegetables do not take long to make –try a stir fry of all of your favorites
Tip #5: Plan Ahead.
Planning your snacks makes the biggest difference in what you eat. Bring fresh fruit to work or school!
Leave a comment and let me know what which of these tips you might try!