Creating a healthier life can be challenging and daunting. Especially when you throw in the day to day hustle and bustle.
We often do not have time to meal prep, calculate every last calorie we consume, or make the healthiest shopping options at the grocery store.
GOOD NEWS! Studies have shown that making just one change in your daily habits make have a great impact.
That may be drinking more water, drinking less sugary beverages, walking 30 minutes each day, cutting your portion sizes, or eliminating desserts.
It can also be in the form of simple substitutions when preparing common meals we all make.
Here are a few ways you can make every day dishes healthier:
Zoodles: simply put, they are spaghetti noodles made from zucchini. Substitute your spaghetti noodles with zoodles to greatly reduce the calories in your homemade spaghetti dish. Zoodles can be made fresh with a grating tool found at Target, Wal-Mart, and many other places or you can buy zucchini noodles frozen and ready to heat up.
Tortizza: low carb tortillas make great pizza crusts for homemade pizza. Throw on your favorite veggies, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, and lean meat such as chicken and you have a low calorie pizza night.
Hamburger Kabobs: everything delicious about a hamburger from the grill minus the calories from the bun. Prepare your lean ground beef (sub lean ground turkey if you choose) into small ball shaped patties that fit easily onto a skewer alongside tomatoes, onion, zucchini, broccoli, or baby potatoes.
Egg Roll in a Bowl: get all the yumminess of an eggroll without the calories from the deep fried original. Here is a simple recipe, although there are many to be found if you simply search the internet:
1 lb extra lean ground beef, turkey, or ground pork
1 package slaw mix
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame seed oil
ginger and garlic to taste
Cook meat thoroughly in large skillet. Then, add bag of slaw mix, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, garlic and ginger powder. Cook on low to medium heat until slaw is tender.
Try challenging yourself to make one little change each night to your usual recipes and meals to make them healthier and lower in calories.
Often, we are reluctant, not because of ourselves but because of our families response to the changes. However, it has been my experience, what they are not told, they do not realize. My crew has enjoyed new takes on old favorites without realizing I made it healthier!
What small changes have you made? Share with us so we can try them too!
Have a great weekend,