Keep it simple
“People think of changing their eating habits as being all or nothing, a huge makeover; but that just becomes overwhelming,” says Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Instead, make one little change a day (go easy on yourself: skip dessert or eat an extra helping of veggies). It’ll be more manageable and still make a big impact in the long run. Here are eight ways to eat more veggies without even trying.
Start your day with a glass of water
Try starting your day with a glass of water before you inhale a caffeine jolt of coffee. “That dose of liquid is going to jump-start your metabolism and get things moving. It can give you a sense of revival by clearing your head and help get your bowels moving regularly,” says Mills. Place a glass of water on your nightstand before you fall asleep at night; the next morning, drain it before hopping out of bed. Find out 14 easy ways to jump-start your metabolism.
Practice mindful snacking
There’s nothing wrong with snacking as long as you’re making nutritious choices that don’t add hundreds of extra calories to your day. Instead of chips or a candy bar when your lunch starts to wear off, grab a handful of nuts. The fiber and protein will fill you up, and forget what you’ve heard about their fat content. “It’s a valuable type of fat from a healthy, plant-based source, so it’s great for controlling our blood cholesterol,” says Mills. Apples are another good choice because they contain pectin, a type of fiber that plumps up when it comes in contact with the moisture in your stomach, making you feel full.