It’s official – the new year is upon us and our social media is filled with friends and family proclaiming their journey for a healthier 2019 through fitness and diet. Although many like to hit the ground running in a new routine, we can all admit that a majority of people fail because instead of making small changes for a long-term impact, they exhaust themselves and cook food that doesn’t soothe the soul at the same time. It’s completely possible to make small changes in your food routine that can make you a healthier person without sacrificing all of the traditional and delicious foods you love so much! Check out a few of my favorite store-bought items that helped me to eat healthier every day!
Delicious pancakes and waffles are a major food group for any breakfast lover like myself! I discovered Kodiak Cakes many years ago when looking for a healthier solution to the high-sugar and high-carb staple in our household, and this specific mix gives the extra boost of energy with chia. Skip the butter and syrup and pair this delicious mix with fresh fruit and whipped cream for that perfect tingle to the taste buds.
Do you hate the bitter, sour taste of greek yogurt? I’m not sure who would love the bitter transition when you’re used to traditional, refined yogurt, but Fage makes the perfect blend of sweet and healthy to make that transition just a little easier. Top it with your choice of fresh fruit, a tablespoon or two of Bear Naked granola for a little crunch and the perfect drizzle of all-natural honey for the sweet boost needed. Your taste buds and healthy gut will thank you later!
If you can’t kick the soda addiction and hate the taste of plain water, there are many alternatives you can make to help fuel your body while pleasing your mouth. BodyArmor is based with coconut milk for super hydration to fuel your body (and no, it doesn’t taste like coconut for anyone who hates that flavor!) and the variety of flavors appeal to people of all tastes. Mix your drink of choice with soda water to give it the carbonated feel you’re used to with traditional sodas high in empty calories and sugar.
If you’re anything like me, a good piece of pizza is my favorite comfort food after a long day! Instead of picking up the high-fat frozen pizzas, try making your own at home. My favorite recipe uses whole grain pitas cut in half and opened to make pockets, fresh tomatoes (from the garden is the best if you can!), fresh mozzarella instead of preservative-filled shredded, and a little basil. Stuff your pita, wrap it in foil and bake at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted and voila! This dinner will satisfy that pizza addiction easily!
Those good ol’ pasta nights hit us all in the soul with warm, rich food our families make when we get together, and there’s a way to get what you want without feeling too guilty! This brand of pasta is perfect for those looking for a healthier alternative with enriched ingredients like egg whites, oats, flaxseed and barley, allowing for more nutrients to be added to your meal. It also comes in many forms, including spaghetti, penne and macaroni. Pair it with homemade turkey meatballs instead of beef for an even bigger protein kick with half the fat and carbs!