One doesn’t have to watch much of the news or scroll down their social media pages to see there is a lot of disagreement in the world. But whether you are rich or poor, black or white, or anything in-between, one thing I have observed that most of us have in common is… we love to eat!
Unfortunately many associate healthy eating with boring eating, or something that is too much of a pain to bother with. I would suggest that heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes are far more of a pain and a bother… but… I’m not going to go there… in the rest of this blog anyway.
Healthier eating, can be simple, delicious and can be in addition to, and not instead of, some of your not so healthy choices. Hey, I am trying to be realistic here.
One thing you can do to eat healthier is get a steamer and start steaming your vegetables.
A- This improves the taste over raw.
B- They retain more vitamins than other cooking methods and in the case of some vegetables, even more than if eating raw.
C- It can be easier to digest than raw.
How simple is this? Gets some raw, or frozen vegetables, fill the steamer with water and wait about ten minutes.
Now for the taste part. Pick a vinegar. I like apple cider and balsamic. Pick a healthy fat, (could be your favorite nut, flax or chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, etc.) And pick a seasoning such as garlic, onion, turmeric, black pepper, ginger, oregano, rosemary etc.. And now you have a quick, easy, and healthy addition to your meal.
It amazes me how my co-workers will often comment on how delicious my homemade lunches look but yet they spend more money and eat less healthy daily going out for lunch.
Next tip is to get yourself a blender. Nutribullet has a line of affordable blenders. So does nutri ninja. Vitamix would be the Rolls Royce of blenders. With any of these blenders you can throw a bunch of healthy stuff in, and knock out your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. (Hint, once you find the blender you like you might find a better deal on it by shopping around to places like Amazon, Walmart, Groupon, etc., than on the site that makes the blender.)
I have successfully used fruit to ween myself off of unhealthy sugars.* Maybe it can help you to.
But what about cleaning?
Blenders vary, but many models are dishwasher safe or, wait for it, you can clean it by putting some water in the blender, a drop of soap, and then running the blender for like thirty seconds to a minute. Simple right? (Check the model you buy for instructions.)
A grinder. If you have a coffer grinder, you can also use it to grind flax or chia seeds. These fats are high in Omega 3 and are more bio available when ground. If you don’t have a grinder, some of the high-powered blenders above can also do the trick. Or you can buy them pre-ground. (Though it is better to grind yourself).
If you’re currently not doing any of the above and you start doing one of the above one time a week, you may be eating healthier without sacrificing the joy of eating. Of course that’s assuming you’re not adding any more unhealthy foods to your diet!
Before closing out this link and moving on and forgetting you ever read this post. Open a page and right down what you’re going to do next. Maybe it’s dust off the steamer and blender you already have and aren’t using. Maybe it’s using it more. Maybe it is shopping for a new one. But if you’re still reading, you’re still interested! So take that next step for a healthier you!
For more tips on healthier eating see a previous blog I posted: 15 Tips To Eat Healthier
* Unlike “added sugars”, there are many health benefits to fruit, however if you are a diabetic or pre-diabetic, all sugar intake needs to be monitored. Please consult your doctor for more information.