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5 Ways to Eat Healthier

By Elizabeth Jarrard on July 14, 2015

5 Ways to Eat Healthier

It’s time to drop the diet deprivation. Focusing on what you’re not eating or doing is not a sustainable long-term approach to weight management (or optimal mental or physical well-being). Focus on what you can add, instead of subtract—like adding a new good-for-you food. Here are five positive ways you can boost your health and take care of yourself, starting with eating healthier.

1. Try breakfast smoothies

Breakfast is the loneliest of meals as if often gets left behind in the dust. Whether your morning is too frantic to handle, or you’re bored with your regular routine, it seems far too easy to skip breakfast. Smoothies are one of the simplest ways to drink something even if you’re on-the-go. Choose an all-in-one shake, such as Vega One® Organic All-in-One Shake, to ensure your smoothie has a balance of macro- and micro-nutrients that will help you get the nutrition you need.

2. Try Different foods

Never touched jimaca? Or wonder what the heck that melon in the exotic fruit section of the grocery store is? Still scared of almond milk? Today’s the day to try something new! Pick it up, and Google a new way to eat it.

3. Switch to mocktails

Transform your soda habit (and yes, even diet soda counts) by adding in seltzer water mocktails. Tantalize your taste buds by adding a bit of fresh juice or sliced up fruit into a bottle of seltzer. Cucumber and melon are especially refreshing, and adding in a bit of frozen mango or pineapple can transport your taste buds to the tropics—no matter what time of year (not to mention the extra nutrient boost).

4. Include more vegetables

We all know veggies are good for us, but sometimes they can be the last thing we’re thinking of when we head home to make dinner. Make adding veggies easier by keeping frozen and pre-chopped vegetables handy and within eyesight—not buried in the back of the freezer. Purée sweet potato, zucchini or squash and add to baked goods like muffins or bread.  Another way to add extra servings of veggies is through adding a scoop of Vega® Protein & Greens to your smoothie.  This is a fast and simple way to boost your smoothie with alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, kale and much more.

5. Try new substitutions

Find unique ways to change meals up with creative substitutions. Try adding quinoa to meatballs and burgers, or avocado to your chocolate pudding recipe. By adding in nutrient-dense foods, your body will be more nourished, and you’ll feel more satisfied (the hunger cravings won’t come so quickly).

 

What healthy new foods are you adding to your day?

Elizabeth Jarrard

Elizabeth Jarrard is a registered dietitian in Denver, CO who specializes in medical nutrition therapy and plant-based nutrition. She educates clients and consumers on how to optimize their health through nutrition.
Elizabeth Jarrard