The new year is a good place to start if one is looking to make some good habits to use throughout the year.
Anyone, absolutely anyone can start 2022 in a healthier way. The new year is all about setting new habits to be one’s best self and this is what we are here to do today.
What are some healthy choices for meal plans?
Planning meals is the best way if not the only way for one considering a healthy meal. It does not matter if the meal is for a weaning baby, adolescent male, lactating mother, or elderly female. When we are talking healthy, we are not referring to a grassy diet, healthy meals can still feature your favorite foods.
A healthy eating plan:
- Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
- Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
- Limits saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.
- Controls portion sizes.
We eat in a variety of places including home, work, restaurants, name it. As a result we have more control of the food choices available in some places than we have in others. I will tell you the place you will have the most control is home-cooked meals for which you have the most control. It is therefore important to take the time and plan ahead to make sure you have healthy options available.
Do you want start your year in a healthier way? Let us start here;
Have a healthy mindset
It all starts with the mind. A healthy mindset enables you brainstorm your favorite meals, and think of ways to make them healthier: whether by swapping out a less healthy component for a healthier one in your recipe, switching up the cooking process, or incooperating vegetables and healthy fats in your meals, having healthy meals shouldn’t be a problem with the right mindset.
Looking for how to develop this healthy mindset? Read this, it will help.
Organise your kitchen
Things get easier and more enjoyable when better organised. Creating space in the kitchen will make it easy for one to love to cook healthier meals while you can see every ingredient, all the produce as well as foods that are about to go bad so that they can be utilised in time. It is the best way to get excited about a healthier meal and let alone prepare one.
Plan your meals
Meal planning is one knowing what they will eat ahead of time. Planning meals helps one create a healthier routine that become part of one’s life for good. Planning meals also makes it easier for one to incorporate healthier options in food like whole foods, healthier snacks like fruits and nuts as well as healthier cuts of meat to mention but a few.
I made a detailed blog about meal planning and just incase you missed it, find it here and thank me later.
Make time to cook
Having and making time to prepare your own meals or supervise someone cook will guarantee you a healthier meal for you and your family. You will successfully cut out the convenient food options which are far from healthy many of the time because they have a lot carbs and oils. Try to use as much previous preparation as possible to save as much time as possible. We live in a busy world.
Do not forget to use those kitchen tools, get some quality ones if you can because one thing for sure is that it will make cooking easier and more enjoyable.
Look for inspiration
We are in an era of social media where everything is handed down easy in exchange for your data. Once in a while look up healthy interesting cooking options and look for inspiration. Get your inspiration ready and move your way up the healthier ladder.
Do you have some ways you are making sure you start and stay healthier in the new year? Share with us and who knows, we could learn a thing or two from you.
4 Replies to “Anyone can start 2022 in a healthier way.”
I am all in for making cooking easier with all the kitchen gadget.
Great insights shared.
I need to eat more vegetables.
I need to peep in your kitchen very soon.
Amazing! My key takeaway is meal planning. I have learnt to have travel flasks and water bottles when leaving the house. It helps you avoid hoping from any unhealthy food/drinks. Nothing beats a home cooked meal especially now that we have to be mindful of recycled cooking oil in public eating places.
Big habits start small. I am rooting for you