Everyone talks about eating healthy but what does that mean? What does it look like? What does it mean for you? There are few simple things you can do that can greatly improve the quality of the food you’re eating. One of the big things is KISS or keep it simple stupid. Now when I say this I don’t mean you can’t make fancy meals – what I am saying is, know what you are eating. Do your best to keep the food you eat local, and keep it fresh. When possible get your produce at the local farmers market or farm stand. When you pick up food in the grocery store look at the ingredient list. If you understand what each ingredient is, it is likely to be better for you than something with things in it you can’t pronounce.
So what does this mean when it come to snacking? There are still a lot of great options out there that will leave you with more energy and no sugar crash.
We are coming up on the best time of year in New England for fresh produce. Already the strawberry picking signs are popping up. What better then a handful of freshly picked strawberries to hold you over to the next meal? Not in the mood for something sweet? One of my favorite things in the summer is cucumber right out of the garden with a little sea salt on it.
Another thing you can do is make Zucchini Chips. They are pretty simple and can be done in the oven or in a dehydrator. Simply toss thinly sliced zucchini in olive oil and lightly season with sea salt (or any other seasoning you like). Put them in a dehydrator until they are dry or bake at 225 degrees for about 45 minutes, flipping them at 20 minutes.
Try your own trail mix. Make a big batch and take a little with you throughout the week. You can use nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds or anything else your heart desires.
If you are in a rush and just want to grab something and go, instead of the potato chips, try sweet potato chips, pita bread and hummus, or a spoonful of peanut butter. Just be sure to check the ingredient list before you bring it home.
Food is fun. Healthy doesn’t mean it will taste like cardboard. Find the flavors you like and enjoy!