Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. I have found that being creative with food keeps me from straying too far .
These are some things that you can do to make food fun to eat.
-Take individual flavored yogurt containers, insert a popsicle stick into the tops of them and freeze. After a few hours you have a frozen yogurt treat. Rinse the container under hot water to release it from the frozen yogurt.
-Grind flax seed and sprinkle it on top of plain white yogurt. It’s a tasty treat and you get added health benefits.
-Freeze grapes. These make a great snack when you want something sweet and crunchy. You can also add frozen grapes to your favorite drink to cool the drink down and afterwards you have a few delightful grapes to eat.
-Add sliced grapes to your chicken salad. They add a lovely texture and sweetness.
-Freeze bananas and add them to some juice in your blender to make a fruit smoothie.
-Instead of a hotdog (ugh), coat your hotdog bun with healthy organic nut butter and add a whole banana to the bun. It’s just like a hotdog in a bun…but better!
-Everyone knows salad is good for you, but there are days when you just don’t feel like it. So, why not make your favorite salad and wrap it up in a pita or whole wheat wrap (wrap burrito style). Voila! You eat your salad for the day, but it’s compact and contained in a nice casing.
-Add bran buds to your favorite salad instead of bacon bits.
-Carrot sticks get boring sometimes. I invested in a julienner (see photo) and now I julienne my carrots, along with zucchini and cucumber (English cucumber works best). I add these to wraps, soups, stir-fry, and salads.
-Dip veggies into hummus and enjoy.
-Make Kale chips. Brush them with olive oil add garlic, salt and pepper. Bake in oven. This is a yummy crunchy treat.
-Make veggie kabobs. Any veggies will do, but sliced peppers (red, green, yellow), cherry tomatoes, red onion, and whole mushrooms are good. Eat them raw or if they are part of a hot meal throw them on the BBQ to roast.
-Use Romaine leaves to wrap chicken/turkey slices in. The Romaine takes the place of a wrap!
-Beans are so versatile. Throw some beans into a can of vegetable soup (kidney beans are good or chickpeas).
-Place a bowl of beans into the fridge and when a snack attack comes grab a handful.
-Throw beans into a salad for extra fiber.
-Add beans to rice to make a complete protein.
-Add some beans to your whole wheat pasta dish.
Experiment with your food, have fun and enjoy being creative!