If radiating vibes of, I eat all the healthy things, made your list of resolutions this year, here are 5 (super simple) hacks that’ll make you feel like a total overachiever.
1// Make fruits and veggies as accessible as a bag of chips.
When hunger strikes we tend to look for snacks that are readily avail – so if slicing a cucumber feels like too much of a hassle, we’ll likely grab for the Doritos instead.
By having fresh produce like, celery, carrots, radishes, peppers, kiwi and melon pre-washed, cut and ready, they become an easy, convenient go-to choice.
Bonus tip: Keep your prepped fruits and veggies front and center so they’re the first thing you see when you open the fridge door. Need a lil extra pizzazz? Pair em’ with a healthy dip. Some of my personal faves are: hummus, pesto or vegan ranch.
2// Make your fridge a salad bar.
Getting your greens on with a great big salad (for lunch or dinner) is the perfect way to load up on healthy veggies, grains and proteins, but preparing a different salad every day can be a lil’ too time-consuming, even for the overachievers.
Save time by batch cooking and prepping various salad toppings (like beans, quinoa, roasted potatoes) and dressings at the start of the week. Store them in air-tight containers in your fridge (salad-bar style) then they’ll be ready to assemble in a variety of ways throughout the week.
3// Pre-make snack packs.
If you play the dangerous “just one more handful” game when eating popcorn and mixed nuts right out of the bag, consider making your own pre-portioned snack packs instead.
Just fill a few mini mason jars or Ziploc bags with your favorite combo of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and popcorn and store them in the pantry or fridge – then you’ll have the perfect grab-and-go snack ready and waiting without the worry of overdoing it.
Need some inspo? THIS blend is my favorite.
4// Freeze smoothie bags.
Smoothies are a great high-fiber breakfast option to keep you full all morning long, but if you’re in a mad dash for the door, having to pull out multiple bags of frozen berries and greens, along with all the other add-ins, can feel a little…dreadful.
Pre-prepped smoothie bags are the embarrassingly-easy-game-changing solution.
All you gotta do is freeze your fruits, veggies and greens together in ONE bag, the night before. Or, or, or if you really wanna be a boss – prepare six or seven at a time and tackle the entire week in one fell swoop.
Then in the a.m., empty the contents into the blender, add your extras (seeds, nut butters, powders etc.) and your liquid, blend and go. No muss, no fuss.
5// Double (or triple) the recipe.
Cook once, eat twice (or thrice) is the name of this game – whether you’re making veggie burgers, tacos, casseroles, roasted veggies or Buddha bowls, doubling or tripling the recipe is a sure-fire way to have plenty of leftovers to last for the next few days’ meals.
That means…more free time and less unhealthy takeout! Win-win.
Ok, so there it is. Some super simple hacks to help you eat better.
Even if/when everything else in life is complicated, eating healthy doesn’t have to be!
Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments below AND if you have a few good hacks of your own, share those too.
Cheers to a happy, healthy new year!