I think this has to be one of the biggest changes I’ve made in my lifestyle this year – the food I consume. I’ll begin with a little background, towards the end of my senior year of high school, I was eating out weekly at: Taco Bell, McDonald’s, In-In-Out, etc. The summer following my senior year, I had surgery. I lost a lot of weight and when I came home I stayed with my sister. She didn’t have a staircase at her house so it was much easier for me to get around. And if you know anything about my sister, it’s that she’s a health nut. I spent 6 weeks at her house eating fruits, vegetables and simply wholesome filling food. Upon returning home to live with my parents again, I began college. I was eating at school a lot and eating out a lot again. I realized it was up to me to make an effort to begin eating better. It’s now been 9 months now that I purchase my own groceries and I love it!
I also want to add, this is what is working for me at the moment. I’m always changing, always trying new foods, always getting creative with what I eat. I am not a professional in this area, these are just my tips and tricks. If you eat really unhealthy, I hope this inspires you to eat healthier. If you already eat healthy, share your knowledge with me! What do you like to eat as snacks? Whats you grocery bag must haves?
To some of you, this all may be extremely healthy. To others of you this may just be average and not as healthy as it could be. This week I went a bit light on my vegetable, because I have some stocked up at home from last week. So I focused on getting in my fruits!
Here is all I bought from left to right: Humus, Greek yogurt, dried figs, roasted red pepper & tomato soup, mini sweet peppers, a mini watermelon, peaches, nectarines (my favorite), Persian cucumbers, grape tomatoes (baby sugar tomatoes are yummy too!), frozen peaches and mixed berries (for smoothies), carrots, bananas, and soy burgers ( I also love veggies burgers).
Don’t forget to!
- Take your own grocery bags, be environmentally conscious
- Have a list prepared
- Try something new
- Repurchase the produce you know you’ll eat
- Always end up with more fresh fruits and vegetables than processed foods
I love changing it up. It can become very boring to eat the same foods every week. So I change it weekly so that I stay motivated to eat healthy. Here are some other produce I love to buy:
- Quinoa – I was raised in a Persian household, where rice is in every main dish. I never feel filled after eating rice, so now I only eat quinoa at home. I love the texture and how light it is! You can mix it in with salads or have with with chicken and veggies. And yes, I’ll still have rice when I go out to eat and such.
- Grilled Lemon Chicken – Trader Joe’s makes packages of pre-grilled chicken marinated in lemon. I’m addicted. You simply cut it up and throw it in a salad or warm it on the stove with some other vegetables.
- Baby Broccoli – The long uncut kind. Perfect for just snacking on or sauteing with other veggies.
- Brussels Sprouts – I love the crunch Brussels Sprouts have. I cut mine in half and saute over high heat until lightly brown.
- Zucchini – I’m obsessed with grilled zucchini! I usually eat my zucchini with store bought grilled lemon chicken.
- Red, Yellow, Orange, and Green Bell Peppers – I either cut these up to dip in humus or to saute.
- Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries – I love snacking on these while I study.
- Asparagus – I never cook these all the way through, I don’t like it when they are gushy. They are scrumptious seasoned with salt and pepper too!
- Kale – I’m not a girl who loves eating salads all the time, but when I do I make mine with kale. Again I love the crunch and remember your darker green are always filled with more nutrients!
- Lemons – Squeeze over chicken or salads for a fresh delicious taste.
- Oatmeal – Some people think it’s bland and gross, but you have to get creative with it. With such honey, chia seeds, and cut fruit it’s delicious!
Condiments I always have:
- Sriracha – Hot sauce. I literally put it on anything and everything. You could say I’m obsessed.
- Organic Ketchup – Perfect for when I want something more flavorful when I grill veggies.
- Chia Seeds (is this a condiment?) – I put this in yogurt and my smoothies
- Organic low fast salad dressing
Also along the lines of eating healthy, it’s important to stay active. I’ve found an app that is absolutely amazing. It’s call pumped up! You basically can build work outs on your phone anytime anywhere and a build a work out based on your needs. Here are a few screen shots to explain what I mean.
Trust me, building a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy. But slowly building lasting habits only makes it easier. For example, try a nectarine as a snack at school instead of a bag of chips. You will feel better on the inside and in time you will look better on the outside as well. So why rob yourself of the healthiest person that you can be? I’d encourage you to change for yourself and no one else. If you’d like me to do a few recipe posts for this summer, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d love to share if anyone is interested.
If you haven’t read the previous posts to my simplify series, here they are:
#simplify | week #1 click here.
#simplify | week #2 click here.
#simplify | week #3 click here.
#simplify | week #4 click here.