Wednesday, August 27, 2014
1. Make fruits and veggies as accessible as a bag of chips: Wash, cut up, and store produce in reusable containers in the fridge so they're easy to grab. Make sure they're right up front at eye level so they're the first thing you see when you open the fridge door.
2. Prepare a big container of salad, top with vinaigrette and enjoy. Having a salad before dinner is a great way to fill you up so you eat less of the main course.
3. Pre-make snack packs: You know what happens when you eat chips or crackers out of the box — you practically end up polishing off the entire package! Take your favorite healthy snacks and make some 100-calorie or 150-calorie snack packs you can keep in your cupboard or in a snack box in your fridge.
4. Freeze smoothie bags: If you're in a rush in the morning, prep these fruit and veggie smoothie bags and keep them in the freezer. Just empty the contents in the blender, add the extras labeled on the bag, and you'll have a low-cal, fiber- and protein-packed breakfast that'll keep you full all morning long.
5. Hide the unhealthy foods from eye level: We all crave occasional can of soda, bowl of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or chocolate chip cookie, but if those foods are within your reach, you're bound to eat them.
6. Use smaller-sized plates: When we prepare a plate of food, we feel the need to fill it up completely. If you start out with a smaller-sized salad plate, there's only so much you can pile on, so you'll end up consuming fewer calories.
7. Double or even triple the recipe: Whether you're making soup, roasted veggies, homemade veggie burgers, or something else for dinner, don't just make enough for one meal. Package the leftovers in containers you can easily grab for the next few days' meals. If your lunch or dinner is already prepared, you won't have to resort to unhealthy takeout.
8. Put food away before you sit down to eat: After you've cooked up an amazing dish, serve yourself an appropriate serving size and then wrap it up and put leftovers in the fridge. If you leave it out, you're more likely to go back for unnecessary seconds or thirds.