How’s your quest towards a healthier lifestyle going?  Are you feeling like you’re doing pretty well so far or has there not been a ton of progress?  Regardless, it’s never too late to make some small, super easy, realistic changes to your day that can result in you feeling better and healthier, overall.

Here are some of my simple tweaks for a healthier day:

BREAKFAST

Start your day with a mug of hot water, raw honey, the juice of half a lemon, and two capfuls of apple cider vinegar before you eat or drink anything.  I refer to this as my “morning health drink” (half jokingly and half seriously), which always elicits snickers from Chase.  If you’re wondering why I drink this concoction, just Google it!  Also I should forewarn you that this is a bit of an acquired taste, but I’ve learned to love it.  Or, chug two big glasses of water!

Use real milk instead of a flavored creamer.  As we all have heard, the closer the foods and drinks are to their original state, the more nutritious they are for us.  Swap your processed, funky-flavored creamer for a more natural option like almond milk, soy milk, cow’s milk, hemp milk, rice milk, etc. (not that you can naturally milk an almond or a soybean, but you know what I mean!)

Spread avocado or nut butter on your toast instead of jelly or butter.  Both of these options will make your toast delicious but with way more health benefits!  By the way, I was spreading avocado on my toast years before it was cool….can I get some credit?! 😉

MORNING SNACK

Keep yourself going with a smoothie chock full of good stuff like veggies and a little fruit!  I know there are camps who believe that smoothies should be consumed right after they’re made but sometimes life is just too busy.  However if you’re able, coordinate with your coworkers or office to go in together on purchasing a blender so you can whip one up at work.  Otherwise, prep the ingredients the night before in a glass or plastic container to keep in the fridge so that it takes two seconds to make it the next morning.  There are tons of awesome recipes online but I suggest using more veggies than fruit to make it as healthy as possible!

LUNCH

Place your lunch on a bed of greens like spinach, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, etc., or throw those greens into your sandwich, soup, or salad!  This will give you a blast of vitamins, nutrients, and sneak another serving of veggies into your day.  Another perk is that your lunch will look more colorful, pretty, and appealing.  As my mom loves to say, “everything on a bed of greens!”

AFTERNOON SNACK

Anticipate those afternoon stomach rumbles by having a super easy, already prepared healthy snack with you.  That way you won’t be tempted to visit the vending machine, race to a coffee shop for a tempting yet non-nutritious treat, or gnaw on your arm since you’re so ravenous.  Examples of easy and healthy snacks include yogurt (watch the sugar content), fruit and/or sliced veggies with almond butter, nuts, a healthy or homemade bar (again, watch the sugar and opt for the least amount of ingredients), or chopped veggies with a dash of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, and nuts.  The key here is to be armed and prepared with a good option!

DINNER

This one is so easy….drink a full glass of water before you start eating dinner.  We often mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating more food than our bodies needed to instead of realizing that what we really needed was water.

Sprinkle some herbs or salt-free seasonings into your food.  As a self-proclaimed salt addict who loves full-flavored foods, cutting back on the NaCl and adding more flavor via other means really makes a difference.  Stock your pantry with good stuff like garlic powder, turmeric, cumin or your fave seasonings, or pick up some basil, cilantro, or chives from the market.  Extra points if you plant a little herb garden!

DESSERT

Instead of having dessert, try eating some fruit, drinking a non-caffeinated tea like peppermint, or just skipping it altogether.  This one has been tough for me and I don’t follow it each day, but 9 times out of 10, Chase and I skip dessert.  The idea of treating yourself to something sweet after a meal truly is a habit, and habits can be made or broken.

When it comes to implementing healthier eating habits into your day, my advice is to take baby steps and try not to overhaul everything at once.  You should never attempt to adopt routines that you can’t keep up forever…remember you’re working towards a lifestyle here, not a temporary fix.

What are your simple food and beverage tweaks for a healthier day?

Laissez les bons temps roulez et bonne santé,

Claire

{Renewal.Balance.Power}

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PS By the way always check with your primary healthcare provider to make sure that any of the above suggestions don’t interfere negatively with your healthcare program!