We all know we consume too many calories and not enough fruits and veggies. Calorie restriction and fruit and veggie consumption are vital for optimal health. Fruits and veggies are bulky; meaning they take up lots of room in our stomachs, but they are not calorie dense. For instance, ½ cup of cucumbers packs a whopping 8 calories, whereas ½ cup of French fries carries 112 calories. So choose your sides wisely for nutrition and calories.
- Add a side salad to every evening meal. Opt for a lower calorie vinegar and oil dressing.
- If you are having a meal that is higher in calories, pizza for example, be sure to also eat a salad or another veggie such as steamed broccoli. That way the veggies, with lower calories can take up room in your stomach instead of higher calorie pizza.
- Use fruit for your evening snack or as a treat after a meal. It will help you curb the cravings for sweets and offer nutrition processed sweets don’t have. For example, an apple has 52 calories and ¼ cup of M&Ms has 210 calories…and who stops at ¼ cup?
- Have veggie sticks and fruit washed and cut and prepared in your fridge. It is so easy to grab these as a snack when they are prepared…if you are really pressed for time, prepare them and then put in individual bags, such as zip lock, so you can grab a portion and run.
- Plan time to shop and prepare. Make time in your schedule to grocery shop, and leave time and the end of shopping to wash and prepare items for ease later.