Healthy Food Swaps to Help You Get Fit for Summer!
With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to focus on creating healthy habits to look and feel your best.
“Abs are made in the kitchen” isn’t just a saying…it’s actually true! Nutritional Biochemist Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, stresses the importance of healthy eating: “As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart…It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off.”¹
Clean eating may seem daunting or boring, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. Here are some simple changes that you can start implementing right away!
Eat Your Greens
Vegetables are both low-calorie and extremely nutrient-dense, and the federal nutrition guidelines recommend that adults should eat 2 to 3 cups per day.
One of the easiest ways to help you meet the recommended veggie intake is by incorporating mixed greens into every meal. It’s easier (and more delicious) than you think! Stock up on pre-packaged greens, such as OrganicGirl‘s premium quality packaged greens, as a convenient addition to your dishes.
Check out their recipe gallery for healthy and delicious snacks and meals! Our favorites are the citrus morning smoothie, veggie tortellini soup, and baby kale smoked salmon salad!
Hydrate with Drinks that will Benefit Your Body
Studies have shown that staying hydrated can help you avoid overeating. Keri Peterson, M.D., explains that “a lot of people confuse thirst for hunger, so they’ll tend to eat rather than drink water.”² Staying hydrated with plenty of fluids throughout the day is a big part of a healthy weight-loss system, so it’s important to be smart about what you’re drinking!
Kona Deep is a great choice to keep you hydrated and feeling refreshed all day long. Their pure and refreshing water is sourced from the waters off the coast of Hawaii, offering a very different hydration experience because of its unique blend of naturally occurring deep ocean electrolytes. In fact, one study from the University of Arizona recently found that Kona Deep hydrates you twice as fast as bottled spring water and the leading sports drink.³ Now that’s superior hydration!
And if you’re looking for a hydrating beverage beyond plain water, Taste Nirvana’s award-winning, all natural coconut water from Thailand is the way to go. Their coconut water is packaged within hours of harvest and without any added preservatives or sugar, Taste Nirvana is simply refreshing and delicious. And, did you know that coconut water is low in carbs and calories, high in fiber, contains potassium and other minerals, and aids in digestion? Talk about a multi-tasking beverage!
Kombucha is also a great beverage choice, known for its extensive health benefits. The added probiotics and antioxidants can help boost your immune system, promote gut health and reduce the risk of infections or disease. But if you’re not a fan of kombucha that tastes like – well, kombucha – LIVE Soda is a great alternative. Live Beverages began in Austin, Texas as one man’s mission to improve the health of his family by crafting a kombucha that tastes like soda. Flavors like Cola, Root Beer, Doctor and Orange will make you think you’re splurging in a soft-drink, while still getting all the health benefits of USDA Organic, Non-GMO, 99.7% raw kombucha.
Swap Out Your Snacks
For when you just need a snack, replace your ordinary snack foods that are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories with ones that are guilt-free. These chips are sure to satisfy your munchies and are made with natural ingredients, offering you more nutrients with protein and healthy carbohydrates.
Rhythm Superfoods offers a variety of snacks, including Beet Chips, Carrot Sticks and Kale Chips, each with its own variety of yummy flavors like Kool Ranch and Zesty Nacho. These snacks aren’t just “less bad” than other chips; they’re actually good for you, and good tasting, too!
Bubba’s Fine Foods also has a great selection of crunchy snacks, including ‘Nana Chips, Snack Mix, and Ungranola. All their snack products have no added sugar and are gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan friendly. Who wouldn’t be curious to try out savory, crispy banana chips with flavors like Macho Nacho, Grand Garlic Parm, and Blazing Buffalo? Yum!
What are some other healthy habits or products that you’re incorporating into your routine? We’d love to hear your healthy tips!
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¹ Exercise vs. Diet for Weight Loss, Huffington Post
² Can Water Really Help You Lose Weight, Women’s Health
³ The impact of post-exercise hydration with deep-ocean mineral water on rehydration and exercise performance, Journal of the International Society on Sports Medicine
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