I plan to incorporate healthy changes in my life and that includes some tweaks to my family’s diet. We eat pretty healthily most of the time but there are some areas that need improving. I would like to encourage you to jump on this healthy eating bandwagon with me if you are up to it. Now I will try to discuss clean eating meal plan on a budget
Healthy Diet Goals:
1. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our meals.
I have been buying more fresh fruits and vegetables because when I buy them fresh, I feel the need to eat them before they go bad. I want my baby to love fruits and vegetables, so I am trying to introduce a good variety of them into her diet.
2. Consume more protein and less simple sugar.
One of the best ways for me to get more protein is by eating cottage cheese with pineapple as a snack during the day since a half cup of cottage cheese has 11grams of protein. I am also trying to drink a glass of milk a day for protein and calcium, and eating more eggs (the best kind are free range).
*According to recent scientific studies, most Americans do not get enough protein from our high carbohydrate diets. Eating plenty of protein helps build lean muscle which can help burn off fat. Also, it makes you feel better. Type 2 Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S., and one of the ways to prevent it from getting worse is by cutting down on simple sugars while increasing our protein intake.*
3. DRINK WATER!
If I forget to drink enough water and I get dehydrated, I develop horrible headaches which occasionally turn into migraines. Dehydration can also cause poor memory function, irritability, and various aches and pains. I am trying to drink water more regularly throughout the day and encouraging my family to drink water too.
4. Cut down on processed foods and excess preservatives.
I am tired of preparing packaged box meals with unknown ingredients and a slew of preservatives in them. I have also stopped buying snack cakes and “questionable” hot dogs. I have been encouraging my husband to cut down his soda intake too. It is not easy to change bad eating habits, especially when they taste so good. I have never loved to cook and prefer to take shortcuts whenever possible. So, I am trying to stop buying prepared meals with little nutritional value and make wholesome, well-rounded meals for my family instead.
Now it’s time for me to prepare some lunch: baked chicken with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots, all made from scratch. Do you have any goals for eating healthier this year? What do you think of my family’s new diet plan? I would love to hear your advice or suggestions.