Eating healthy can sometimes seem like a difficult task.  Make it easier by cleaning out your refrigerator, getting rid of all the junk food, and stocking your shelves with wholesome and healthy options.  If your cupboards and fridge are full of junk, that is exactly what you’ll eat.  With the right foods available to you in your kitchen, you can easily put together a meal that is more nutritious—and you can do it faster!

So stock up your fridge, pantry and freezer with these healthy foods that are delicious and nutritious!

Stock up Your Fridge with…
Fresh fruit & veggies
Hummus
Salad Mix
Greek Yogurt
Eggs
Almond or Soy Milk
Ezekiel Bread
Salsa
Tofu

Stock up your Pantry with…
Oatmeal
Quinoa
Dried or canned beans
Nuts and seeds
Almond butter

Stock up your Freezer with…
Boneless chicken breasts
Salmon
Ground turkey
Veggie burgers
Frozen fruit and veggies

Start filling your kitchen with healthy foods and it will be much easier to follow through and achieve your goals.

 

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Smiling Woman Indoor Writing on Her NotepadYou have decided to make some weight loss changes—great! The hardest part is to stay motivated. If your motivation tank is running on empty, you won’t see results.  Making the decision to live a healthier life is the first step. If you put your mind to it you can avoid the yo-yo diet and/or inactivity and finally start seeing results.

Whether you have hit a plateau in your weight loss journey, or you just can’t find the motivation to get to the gym, here are 8 effective weight loss motivation tips for you to get back on track.

Your Big Why

The first thing you can do is to think about why you want to lose weight.  Your Big Why can be something as simple as just fitting into that new bikini.  But, to really keep you motivated, it helps if your Big Why goes beyond that.  It could be for better health, so you can play with your children or grandchildren, or anything that will keep you motivated.

Set Goals

Write a list of short and long-term goals.  Focus on a weight or fitness objective and work towards it.  Having a set of goals ensure that you never fall off the course and lose interest in getting those workouts in and sticking with your diet plan.

Choose the Right Training Program

Find—and stick with—the best exercise program for you.  Do what you enjoy since you will be more likely to stick with a workout that you look forward to.  Begin slowly—don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to fix everything all at once.

Buddy System

It is always a good idea to have a like-minded partner to exercise with.  You can hold each other accountable, encourage healthy competition, have fun and ultimately stay motivated. You will have a much higher chance at success if others are doing it along with you.

Use your Mirror for Motivation

Stick photos of an outfit you want to buy when you reach your goal to the mirror or motivational and inspiring quotes—you will see them every day for a daily reminder.

Journal

Jot down your goals, struggles and successes.  When you can see your struggles or successes on paper it can remind you why you’re working towards your goals and may be all you need to get going again.

Check your Progress

By assessing your progress since the start will help you to stay motivated and strive for continued success.

Visualize your Success

Visualize yourself losing weight and becoming fit.  Positive images set the mental stage for positive results.  Visualizing choices and behaviors that you want to create in reality, it will help to guide you closer and closer towards your goal.

Start including these weight loss motivation tips in your life and you will have no problem realizing your weight loss success.  Be persistent and follow your goals!

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Healthy Lunch IdeasIf you are trying to shed pounds and maintain a healthy eating plan, lunchtime can be a battle.  We have all suffered from hunger pangs that seem to hit in the afternoon causing us to reach for an unhealthy snack like a candy bar or chips.  If your stomach is rumbling, it could mean that you didn’t eat the right foods during lunch to keep you full for the rest of your afternoon until dinnertime.

Eating a healthy lunch is very important. Here are two big reasons why:

Energy—eating a lunch packed with nutrients helps you to avoid a mid-afternoon crash.  It will ensure that you re-energize your body, keep your metabolism active, elevate your blood sugar levels and focus.

Don’t Skip—if you skip lunch, it can leave you starving when you come home from work or running errands during the day.  Skipping a meal can lead to binge eating or the temptation to reach for an unhealthy option.

To make sure you are fueling up at lunch properly, incorporate these filling foods daily:

  • Complex Carbohydrates—whole-grain bread, brown rice, sweet potatoes
  • Protein—salmon, chicken, tuna, nuts, beans, turkey, eggs
  • Low-fat Dairy—reduced-fat cheese, yogurt, soy milk
  • Fruits—oranges, apples, mangos, blueberries, bananas

Here are 3 healthy lunch ideas to start eating today

Hummus and Vegetables

This easy to pack lunch is delicious and healthy.  The chickpeas in hummus will provide you with protein and fiber and the vegetables are full of antioxidants. Bring a variety of colorful vegetables such as red bell peppers, carrots, snap peas and broccoli.

Salmon Salad

A salmon salad is the perfect combination of protein and good fats.  Salmon, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, helps to prevent heart disease and boost memory. Toss in some red bell peppers which are antioxidant-rich, high in fiber and folic acid.

Barley & Black Bean Salad

Prepare this salad the night before for an easy-to-grab healthy lunch idea.  Barley is a whole grain to keep your energy up and it also helps to lower cholesterol.  Black beans contain protein and antioxidants.  Add some tomatoes—they contain lycopene which is believed to fight cancer.  Spice it up with some red pepper flakes or salsa to give your metabolism a boost.

Chicken Pita Sandwich

This simple and easy lunch provides all the nutrition you need.  Spinach adds vitamin A and folate while the whole-grain pita provides more than 20% of your daily fiber.  Chicken is an excellent source of protein and red bell pepper offers antioxidants and crunch.  Use a low-fat Italian vinaigrette or olive oil and balsamic to top it off.

If you’re trying to lose weight and improve your overall these healthy lunch ideas are a good start.  Just like breakfast gives you an energy boost in the morning, a healthy lunch fuels the second half of your day—helping you steer clear from the unhealthy snack options.

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yogurt-parfait200Remember what your mom used to say? “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And no…coffee is not breakfast.  There are mornings when you barely have time to brush your teeth, so eating healthy can be quite the challenge.  Luckily, eating well doesn’t need to take up a lot of your valuable time.  There are healthy—and quick—breakfast ideas to keep you feeling energized and have healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  And, when you eat a healthy breakfast, it leads to healthier food choices throughout the rest of your day. 

If you are a busy mom on the go, you need to be able to make something fast in the mornings. 

Here are 5 simple, quick and healthy breakfast ideas when you’re trying to get yourself and your family out the door in the morning.  These breakfasts will save you time and give you the nutrients you need to kick start your day.

Yogurt Parfait

Combine ½ cup of Greek yogurt, your favorite berries, some granola and two tablespoons of slivered almonds. Not only is it refreshing, but it is rich in protein.  Greek yogurt has double the protein of typical yogurts.

Smoothies

There are many variations of a healthy smoothie that you can blend up in a short amount of time. One healthy smoothie option is to blend together protein powder, almond milk, Greek yogurt and any combination of fruit.  Combine all your ingredients in the blender (and put the blender in the fridge) before you go to bed and all you have to do is push start in the morning!            

Banana & Almond Butter Toast

Bananas and whole-grain bread are high in resistant starch, which helps to boost metabolism.  Almond butter adds protein and monounsaturated fats.

Oatmeal

Steel-cut oatmeal is the most nutritious and you can prepare it ahead of time for the whole week.  Add some berries, nuts and drizzle agave nectar over the top. 

Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs are loaded with protein and nutrients to help keep you alert and energetic throughout the day.  Hard boiled eggs can be prepped the night before to save time.  Enjoy one sliced on a whole-wheat English muffin with a side of fruit. 

So put down that doughnut and drive-thru breakfast sandwich—a fast breakfast can still be healthy! Try using these healthy breakfast ideas for a nutritious and quick meal today!

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citrus-fruits250There are many different ways out there to help you get skinny—but most of those options can be unhealthy and just a quick fix.  There is no miracle food that will melt the pounds away, but there are lots of fat burning foods to actually help you burn those calories. Whether you want to lose weight or improve your health, integrating fat burning foods into your diet will help to give you a jump start on achieving those goals.  

What foods will burn fat and help you slim down?

Pick Protein
Foods high in protein require more energy from the body to process, thus burning the fat away.  Protein is also great for building muscle and helps to increase metabolism.  Examples of fat burning foods high in protein include:  chicken, pork, salmon, tuna, turkey and chickpeas.

Get Spicy
Your metabolism will speed up when your body temperature increases, helping your body to burn calories.  Chilies can increase your body temperature more than other foods.  Some heat-inducing chilies include:  habaneros, cayenne chilies and jalapeños.  

Find some Fiber
Fiber is great for digestion and can move food quickly through your digestive tract keeping fewer calories from being absorbed.  Also, foods high in fiber contribute to weight loss because they help us to feel satisfied and fuller longer.  Remember to drink a lot of water if you increase your fiber intake—it can build up in your intestine causing constipation.  Foods rich in fiber include:  oatmeal, brown rice, broccoli, raspberries, blueberries and whole grain bread.  

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps to regulate the hormone that tells your body to store fat.  It also is part of an important amino acid that burns any stored fat that you already have.  Grab these fat burning foods high in vitamin C:  oranges, pineapples, bell peppers, kale, kiwi, strawberries, tomatoes, lemons, avocados, celery and asparagus.

Food can be a powerful and natural way to help you torch those calories.  Start stocking your fridge and pantry with these fat burning foods today!

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