Over the last six months I’ve lost ten pounds. I stuck to my plan and limited snacks, always stressing healthy eating. Now I’m sharing my easy plan with you!
Let’s face it kids, it’s super easy to eat healthy. It really is! I’ve talked before about my love of snacking and its pitfalls, but healthy eating must come first. Cutting back on snacks was just part of my plan. A key to easy healthy eating is to be simple with it. Form habits you enjoy with the foods you eat.
Growing up I’d go through long periods of time where I ate the same thing every day. For a while I ate oatmeal for breakfast, then for a long time I ate pancakes or waffles. I was a human eating machine and needed to eat a nice filling breakfast. Today I’m back on the oatmeal bandwagon kids! Its healthy, low in calories and very filling. I have oatmeal nearly every day, but the key is to find your perfect breakfast like this.
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Eating oatmeal for breakfast is delicious, nutritious and filling. I’m big into measuring out my servings for breakfast. This is really important when you want to eat healthy. Serving sizes are extremely deceiving. I make 1/4 cup of oatmeal and that is 75 calories. I add cinnamon, water and just a splash of unsweetened almond milk. I also cut up 5 strawberries and, depending on what I can find, 1/2 cup of blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. This week it’s raspberries. I have a certain way I like to build my breakfast. Berries on the bottom, oatmeal in the middle, then I top it with a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt, as well as one tablespoon of peanut butter and just a small spoonful of raw crushed pecans. All of that is around 300 calories!
I try not to snack between breakfast and lunch, but if I do then I’ll have 6 almonds, or 4 Triscuit style crackers with around 7 turkey pepperoni. I have a bit of an obsession with turkey pepperoni. Overall I try not to snack. Same goes for the afternoon, but sometimes I make myself homemade popcorn. I use an olive oil spray and season the popcorn with hot sauce and black pepper. Carrots and celery with hummus are another go-to snack of mine. I make sure not to go overboard with the hummus and stick with the serving size of two tablespoons. Occasionally I’ll have tortilla chips or pretzels, but I measure out how many I eat! You’ll enjoy your snack more knowing it’s helping your diet, not hurting it.
That is the big secret to healthy eating. Keeping to a serving size, or being aware of how large it is, is critical, especially with condiments. I’ve given up a lot of salad dressings because they are high in fat or calories, but I still like a good blue cheese or ranch. However, I always stick to two tablespoons! That is the magic number when it comes to serving sizes on dressing.
When I eat lunch at home I do switch it up, but not too often. Currently I’m obsessing over egg white omelets for lunch. Normally I put spinach in it and sometimes I’ll add a little cheese. Again, I always measure the cheese out. It’s easier to indulge in a little cheese and not worry about ruining your diet. I put my omelet over lettuce, or lately over Matzo. Sometimes I add a little butter or hummus, and other times I’ll have a piece of bread, or I’ll make myself a salad and top it with a hard-boiled egg or an egg over easy. The theme here is a filling meal with lots of vitamins and only a little carbs. I tend to eat eggs a lot for lunch, because they match all my healthy eating criteria.
I tend to eat a bit heavier of a dinner, since I keep my breakfast around 300 calories and my lunch around 300-400 calories. My snacks add up to 200-300 calories, so my dinners are normally around 500 calories. That’s 1500 calories for the day, but I shoot for less. For dinner I’ll make tacos with these really awesome corn tortillas from Trader Joe’s. Two tortillas are only 120 calories. I’m not big into meat, so I’ll either use veggie meat, fish, tofu, or occasionally I’ll get ground turkey. I don’t add a ton of sauces to my dishes either. Instead I let the natural flavors flourish. I’ll use a bit of olive oil or coconut oil. I also add almond milk or Greek yogurt to make my dishes creamier, but at most I use a cup. Don’t forget your serving sizes and don’t be afraid to freeze your leftovers. Eat less at dinner and save the rest.
If I snack at night it’s usually homemade popcorn or some nuts. I measure these out, because while nuts are good for you, they are high in calories and fat. I buy raw and unsalted and sometimes add cereal to the mix. It’s always a very low or no sugar cereal like corn flakes or shredded wheat.
It’s super easy to eat healthy, you just have to let it be! When I’m conscious of it, like I’ve been for the past six months, I see a noticeable difference in my body. My waist has slimmed and my abs have appeared! You just have to be aware of what you’re eating and how much. No eating bags of chips on the couch. Eat a carrot instead!
Be the healthiest and happiest version of you!
Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram