So you’ve made the super-smart decision to eat healthier this year – give yourself a pat on the back! Keep your momentum going in the months ahead with our healthy-eating tips that won’t break the bank.
Seek out Healthy Swaps
Stay satisfied by trading empty calories and sugary snacks for more wholesome choices:
- Mash up ripe bananas and spread them on your morning toast instead of using jam, or slice them and put them in the freezer for a sweet treat after dinner
- Replace mayonnaise with avocado slices on your sandwich
- Switch expensive fruit yogurts, which are often high in added sugar, with a tub of plain Greek yogurt, and add inexpensive chopped seasonal fruit
- Eggs are a great inexpensive source of protein! Throw in a handful of seasonal greens, like spinach, broccoli or grilled asparagus, to bulk them out
Rethink Your Drinks
There’s nothing like a steaming mug of creamy coffee to cheer you up. The downside? All those calories you’re sipping – a coffee shop cup of joe with cream and sugar can be the same number of calories as a cheeseburger! But water isn’t your only alternative. Tea and black coffee without added sugar are calorie-free and cheaper – just be sure to use skim milk instead of heavy cream. Consider your cold beverages, too: Skip the soda and get your fizz from sparkling water with slices of orange or lemon or sprigs of mint. Cheers!
Align Your Digestive System with Your Healthy Goals
Common issues such as travel, stress, diet and changes in routine may disrupt your natural balance of good bacteria. There are several approaches to help maintain a healthy digestive system, which can include changes in diet, exercise and relaxation. Taking a daily probiotic supplement can also help to maintain a healthy digestive system. While there are many on the market, only Align Probiotic Supplement contains the patented probiotic strain Bifidobacterium 35624™, which supplements your system with natural, “good” bacteria.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Stop Bingeing on Snacks
Going for long stretches between meals without eating a snack can cause your blood sugar levels to drop, setting off cravings and causing you to turn to expensive grab-and-go foods. To prevent this, keep a small tin of seeds, cashews and cranberries in your purse – they’re packed with healthy nutrients, and the dried fruit counts towards your five-a-day quota. If you want something more filling, try a whole-grain bagel with peanut butter.
Boost your Healthy Baking
Making your own baked goods is cheaper than buying processed ones from the store, and you’ll know exactly what’s in them. Try different flours: buckwheat and spelt flour are both high in fiber, and buckwheat is gluten-free too. Inexpensive seeds such as flax, chia or poppy will increase the protein and fiber content in most baked goods. Add sweet vegetables, such as beetroot, zucchini or butternut squash, to cakes or muffins – grate them finely when raw to ensure they’re evenly spread through the cake mixture. And while baking comes with an additional mess, Dawn dish soap and Bounty paper towels will make light work of dirty baking pans, mixing bowls and flour-dusted countertops.