You know you need to eat healthier and make better food choices, but it’s so difficult. You’re probably strained for time to fix healthy meals after working all day or tending to kids. It’s super easy to grab a boxed meal or a boxed side dish and prepare that, right?
It may be easy, but it’s not exactly the healthiest choice.
In today’s world, it can be difficult to not only make better food choices, but to distinguish what’s actually good for you and what isn’t.
Let’s look at an all time favorite, macaroni and cheese. It’s a staple in many homes because it’s quick, easy and kids love it. However, the varieties with powdered cheeses are full of additives and chemicals. So maybe you decide to try a healthier version. You buy plain pasta and a cheese sauce that’s in a jar or package. This is probably a better choice, but it’s still not a completely healthy choice. The healthiest choice is to use your own shredded cheese on the pasta. It may not melt as well or be as creamy, but time wise, it really doesn’t take much more effort to make a dish of mac and cheese this way.
However, if your kids have to have a creamy style, at least purchase the ones that come with an actual cheese sauce instead of a powdered mix.
Other high carb foods that are easy to grab and snack on are cookies, cakes and chips. These are full of carbs and preservatives. Better choices for snack foods are fresh fruits, air-popped popcorn and fruit popsicles. You can even go a step healthier and make your own popsicles using 100% fruit juices that have no added sugar. You can also add bits of fruit for an extra treat inside. Or, you can freeze grapes to use as ‘ice cubes’ in your kid’s juice. Once they drink the juice, they have an extra treat that’s thawed just a bit and can be eaten.
It can be hard to get away from processed foods, but once you learn a few tricks, it can be easier and a lot better on your health. Eating more natural foods will help you to feel better and give you more energy. This, in turn, can give you an extra boost to search for even more natural ways to cut out processed carbs and foods. Plus, having more energy may lead to you wanting to make more foods from scratch instead of buying boxed mixes.
Yes, using fresh, natural ingredients can be more expensive on your grocery bill, but once your body adjusts to healthier foods, you may find that cravings have stopped and you actually consume less food.