|Red, White and Blue Strawberries|
"I always eat the same things. It's easier." "Same old, same old."
So many people who are trying to lose weight end up eating the same foods day in and day out. They say it's easier to count and keep track of just a few foods. That may be so, but it's certainly not the way to stick with your plan, be healthy, or to even to enjoy eating. It's just boring. If you eat only tuna, chicken breast and lettuce, you'll likely end up face first in lasagna, chips, or chocolate. It's just the way deprivation works.
It's also important to eat a wide variety of foods in order to get all the different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants that are important for a healthy body.
Trying new recipes is a great way to make that happen. With all the online sources now, googling healthy recipes can be an easy way to start. We really enjoyed trying new recipes for our 4th of July picnic: Cooking Light's Red, White and Blue Potato Salad, EatingWell's broccoli bacon salad, and red, white, and blue strawberries.
Another trick is to buy something new at the grocery store each week. Try a fruit or vegetable that you've never had or one that you haven't had in awhile. Star fruit, blackberries, frisse. Shrimp, scallops, filet, pork tenderloin. Quinoa, barley, Bulgar. Pick up a different variety of lettuce and a bunch of fresh herbs to toss in a salad. Variety is the key to sticking with your healthy eating plan.
You'll be amazed to see how much more you'll enjoy eating when your taste buds get to experience all sorts of different flavors. Try something new. Enjoy eating a variety of new foods, different recipes, and a healthier you!