If you’re revamping your eating plan, you might feel tempted to make a common mistake. You focus on all the foods you can’t eat, which only makes you want them more. Plus, viewing your diet this way can feel so limiting! Try to focus, instead, on all of the delicious and healthy foods that you can eat.
If you keep them around the kitchen on a regular basis, you’re more likely to reach for healthy alternatives. We suggest the following five items as part of your regular meal and snack rotation.
Avocados. Avocados are packed with nutrients and healthy fats. Plus, they’re so versatile that you can sub them in for less-healthy ingredients in many meals. Use mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise, put them in smoothies, try them in salad dressings, or just eat an avocado by itself for a snack.
Nuts and seeds. They’re loaded with nutrition, but they’re also a terrific way to jazz up salads and other dishes. Keep a steady supply of your favorite nuts and seeds on hand.
Yogurt. Yogurt is a terrific source of probiotics and calcium, and it’s also a lower-fat alternative to ingredients like sour cream and some cheeses. Plus, you can use yogurt in smoothies or paired with fruit for a satisfying snack.
Greens. Leafy greens, like spinach, kale, and lettuces form the base of most salads. They’re one of the most important food groups in your diet. Keep some on hand at all times, and toss them into omelets, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and more. Consider keeping some fresh herbs around, too; they liven up any meal.
Fermented veggies. Packed with important enzymes and probiotics, foods like sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi will support healthy digestion. Plus, they add flavor to many dishes or can be eaten alone as a snack.
We’ve found that keeping your kitchen stocked with healthy supplies can decrease temptation to “cheat” on your weight loss diet. Plus, it just makes your life easier (and more enjoyable) to keep appropriate foods on hand. For more diet tips, make an appointment with us, and we’ll discuss your body type, goals, and nutritional needs.