Ways to start eating healthy

Two things come to mind when I consider a healthier lifestyle.  The two most obvious, diet and exercise.   I’ll pick one of these to start. In this post I will walk you through ways to start eating healthy that will ease us into good health.

Excuses Excuses

Yup, that’s me.  I can come up with any excuse possible to not eat a vegetable.  But I push them on other people with no problem.  When my granddaughter was a toddler I found sneaky ways to get vegetables into her diet.  One thing I did was boil brocolli and use the water from it to put into her drinks.  She never knew there was brocolli flavor in her chocolate milk.  I would even put it in her oatmeal.  Who knew there would be a cookbook with recipes doing that very same thing!

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This is what is ironic about me having planted vegetable juice in her drinks, now she loves brocolli and eats it like candy.  So my efforts were not futile in the least.

For me, vegetables just aren’t convenient enough.  They need washing and chopping and more importantly, they need dip!  So you see where my dilemma lies.  Yup, I’m lazy when it comes to food.  But remember, if you have read my post Manifest Your Story you already know I’m not a foodie.  Food preparation isn’t my forte.  Not to mention the time it takes to eat a salad compared to putting down some toast with peanut butter and jelly.  Salad prep and eating is time consuming.

While I plan to ease us into good health I had to finally realize it won’t be without any effort at all on my part.  I have a tendency to go all in when it comes to ideas about change.  My past is filled with things I have tried and not necessarily failed at, but just didn’t follow through with.  For example, I have tried to be a vegetarian.  I do good for a couple days (yes, you are reading that right) but I quickly fall off the wagon.  Meanwhile I have a refrigerator full of vegetables I don’t end up eating.  And no meat in the house!  What would I do different this time?  What could I do to create an obtainable goal?  And then I realized, I need to take baby steps.  Stop going all in like it’s all or nothing.  So that’s what I did.

                                              Fast forward to now

So ten days ago I had an epiphany.  I finally came to realize it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  Instead of going home and throwing out all the junk food and stocking the fridge with nothing but fruits and vegetables, I decided to not cut anything out.  I decided to instead incorporate into my diet more healthy foods.  The question was how would I do this.  Afterall, I don’t like vegetables

Out came the Nutri-bullet!

Smoothie Recipe

3 ice cubes
One handful of spinach
One handful of Cilantro
One handful of Kale
One handful of Blueberries
Part of a red, yellow, or green pepper
3-4 Strawberries
Add water to fill half of the mixing cup

 

I was initially adding a whole apple.  But the texture created by the apple was a real turn off.  After I blend it all really well I sometimes add water to water it down.  And then, I down it!  I drink it all down without delay.  The taste is not even bad.  It’s the texture I can’t get past.  That’s why I add a little more water sometimes.  It goes down easier the thinner it is.

                              Why choose certain fruits and vegetables

My rule of thumb is the darker the vegetable the better it is for you.  Dark leafy greens are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals.  I’ll talk about each of them briefly.

Kale

One of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on our planet.  It is rich in minerals, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, particularly vitamins A, C and K.

Kale can lower cholesterol thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

 

 

 

Spinach

Rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese.  Spinach is good for eye health and can reduce blood pressure levels.  If I’m going to eat leafy greens Spinach is going to be in the mix.



Cilantro

When you think leafy greens Cilantro probably isn’t what comes to mind for you. I for one love Cilantro.  And once I realized it has health benefits, I thought, why not!  I can appreciate the citrus like taste it offers.

Cilantro may be helpful by reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as helping you maintain consistent energy levels throughout the day.

Blueberries

A good example of the darker the better.  Blueberries are packed with good nutrition.  They contain iron, phosphorous,calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K.  All good for bone health.

 

Strawberries

Strawberries aren’t just for shortcake!  They offer an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium.  They are good for heart health and blood sugar control.



                     Peppers of all colors

They are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Bell Peppers also contain a high dose of fiber, folate, and iron.

                                         

Fun Facts!  

Red peppers pack the most nutrients due to the length of time they remain on the vine
Eating raw vegetables is better than cooked vegetables.  Cooking reduces the nutritional profile of the plant/vegetable.

                                                       Conclusion

In this post I have shown you ways to start eating healthy.  You now know my smoothie recipe.  I have decided to incorporate one smoothie a day into my life.  So far it has been easy thanks to my Nutribullet.

I would love if you would leave a comment below and tell me if you have a favorite smoothie recipe.  I am grateful you are here and I hope you’ll continue to join me on our journey to good health with ease.

 

20 thoughts on “Ways to start eating healthy”

  1. I think a lot of people can empathise with you on this one, how many times do we say we are going to start eating healthier, through out all the crap and fill the fridge with fruit and veg then 5 days in we’re sick of the site of it!

    introducing a smoothy like you suggest is a much better way of doing things, if your giving up too many of of favourite things you won’t stick to it but this way your adding a good nutritious smoothie daily and it could be exciting too.

    I love the idea!

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    • Hi Amy, thank you so much for visiting my site. I know, I have gone through that
      process more times than I care to admit. I love the idea of sharing my stories and
      ideas here because it forces me to be accountable. Exactly what I need!

      All the best,
      Teresa

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  2. Hey,

    I’m so pleased I came across your article. Since lockdown I have been extremely lazy and been filling my cupboards and fridge with the wrong foods. I’ve been making excuses too, just like you said you did. But you overcame that, now it’s my turn to overcome the excuses and rise above them.

    I don’t eat a lot of vegetables but I do eat fruit. I’m going to try Kale though, I have never tried that before and I have a friend who is extremely fit who eats quite a lot of Kale.

    I’ll let you know how I get on with getting fitter and healthier. Keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Hello Tom, I am really happy you visited my site and found some inspiration.
      That’s exactly my intentions with this website. Just real people with real
      stories. I love that.

      I would love for you to follow up and let me know how you are doing as you
      get fitter and healthier. That is awesome!
      All the best,
      Teresa

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  3. This is a great post and the main reason is you fill it with so much honesty. I am sure we all desire to be healthy but have all struggled in some form of way. I too had the all or nothing mentality and believe me it will make any goal hard to attain. The way I was able to start eating healthier was with salad, believe it or not, a salad a day is a good way to get a lot of the fruits and vegetables you need and you can make so many different kinds. Of course, what works for me may not work for others. My favorite smoothie recipe is a simple banana smoothie, very simple to make but delicious. All you need is yogurt, ice, vanilla, and your bananas. Thanks for the post, the veggie tip with your grandbaby, It was great!

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    • Hello Melissa, how wonderful you came to visit my site. Thank you for that.
      And thank you for your smoothie recipe. I will definitely be trying that as
      I really love bananas. Some days I start work so early it’s hard to get that
      smoothie made so early. On those days, I do have a salad at work. I work in
      a hospital so I always have a cafeteria to fall back on. Then I just make my
      smoothie when I get home. I always feel I did something good for me when I
      drink my smoothie.

      Thank you again,
      Teresa

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  4. I love my smoothies. I think they are easy health way to a wellness journey. They are any easy and simple way for the body to absorb nutrients. Thank you for writing this and good luck with your wellness journey.

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    • Hello Angee, thank you so much for visiting my site. You are absolutely right.
      Our bodies are able to digest a smoothie more easily as the first step of the
      digestive process is already complete.

      Thank you again,
      Teresa

      Reply
  5. What a great way to get nutrients in. It’s rather surprising how many people don’t enjoy or eat fruits/vegetables. I’ve often tried hiding mashed vegetables in amongst potatoes and various sauces to mask the flavour. The Nutri-Bullet would be a great addition in terms of hiding the leaves and fruits though.

    Great article!

    Reply
    • Hi Sharon,
      My son-in-law does not like onions. He can find a 1 mm onion in a bowl of oatmeal if
      it were there. So if I’m making something that calls for onions, I use the Nutribullet
      and process them and add them that way. He never knows they are in there. I wonder
      if that’s in the Sneaky Cookbook. :o) Some people will add cauliflower to mashed potatoes.
      I have not ever tried that, but I may as my husband isn’t a vegetable eater either.

      Thank you so much for visiting

      Reply
  6. Dark leafy greens are so important to our diet and many people just don’t like the taste of them. To get past this, a simple dressing of just lemon just can drastically improve the taste of dark leafy greens and adds a great boost of vitamin c to your meal. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Hello Catherine, I am pleased you came to visit my site and leave such
      a fantastic idea for us. I think I am going to add some lemon into my
      smoothie and see how that changes it up! It may also complement the Cilantro.

      Thank you so much,
      Teresa

      Reply
  7. Thanks for sharing the great content for health! I like smoothie, i think should try out the smoothie recipe, it’s look good.

    Keep it up for more great content!

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  8. I love vegetables, they are so versatile and you can create many delicious meals with them. I love your smoothie and I would like to make it one day. I did not know that peppers had so many nutrients. I love peppers (just not the spicy ones, lol), I had some today, raw and also cooked.
    I also did not know know that spinach is good for the eyes, I will definitely eat more spinach from now on.
    I like the way you sneaked broccoli water into your daughter’s chocolate milk 😉 Excellent trick!

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    • Hi christine,
      I would have eaten more of it too for the eye benefit. My eyes were always perfect
      until a couple years ago. Now I need reading glasses. Which I realize is a normal
      part of the aging process. Yayyy aging.
      I guess hind sight is 20/20 isn’t it. (pun intended)

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  9. Thank you for this informative website. It confirmed to me that I am eating healthy and will continue to do so. Kale, Cilantro and Spinach are added to my salads almost daily. Blueberries and Strawberries are some of my fruit I choose to eat frequently. I also add bell peppers and cucumbers to my salads. I learned that I can mix these items to make a smoothie. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Hello, thank you for visiting my site. You are very welcome. That is awesome
      you are eating so healthy on a daily basis. I have been doing great with my
      smoothies. I have had them once and even twice a day some days.

      All the best,
      Teresa

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  10. Thanks for this interesting post. I really liked the idea of your smoothie with spinach, peppers and kale, I’m definitely going to try it next time.
    I love smoothies in general, I try to make them few times a week. My favourite one is spinach banana and avocado, I feel super energised after having one!
    Keep up the good work and take care:)

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    • You have just given me a great idea! I’m going to also add Avocado to my smoothies. They actually
      contain more potassium than bananas. I didn’t know that until recently. I always thought Bananas
      were the go to when one needed more potassium in their diet. Come to find out Avocado is even better!
      Thank you for visiting my site!
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply

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