When I'm feeling sluggish from too much indulgent eating, I skip the juice cleanses and complicated diets and instead focus on one simple, daily change to jumpstart my healthy eating habits. The trick is this: I try to make every snack I eat during the day center around vegetables or fruits. I usually try to include a little protein and fat in my snacks so they have some staying power, but the bulk of the mini-meal is a vegetable or fruit. Carrot sticks and hummus, apple slices and peanut butter, or even a bowl of leftover roasted beets drizzled with a little olive oil are all fair game.
Not only does this habit go a long way toward getting my daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, it also seems to whet my appetite for healthy foods, so that I'm more likely to keep eating well throughout the day — sort of the way eating a piece of cake as a midday snack seems to make me crave cake as a bedtime snack too.
It's a small change, but it's easy to follow and always has me feeling and eating better in no time.
Are there any simple, daily changes that have helped you to eat healthier?
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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