Thursday, April 16, 2009

Healthy Eating doesn't have to suck!

When you hear the words "healthy eating," what images race through your mind?

Brussel Sprouts and no chocolate, right?  To me, that's no way to live.  I hate celery.  I've never eaten a brussel sprout.  For those of us who actually ENJOY eating, and cooking, it's easy to fall into the "comfort food" mode, in other words - we end up making dinners that are easy, but not all that healthy.  Sometimes we feel bad and throw some steamed veggies on the plate.  Hey, that's not a bad idea.

But what are some really good ways to eat healthy, but still enjoy it?  Submit your tips below and the one chosen as Domestic Goddess' favorite will get a prize at the meeting in may.

One way I like to keep it healthy is to HYDRATE.  Many of us forget the simple act of drinking water can do so much for our health.  Drinking a glass of ice water burns more calories than water at room temperature.  Research has shown that cold water passes through the stomach faster and is more quickly dispersed thorough the body.  Having a glass with a meal can also help you feel full more quickly.  

"Our bodies are about 75% water. It is a vital part of a healthy diet. Water helps flush our systems, especially the kidneys and bladder, of waste products and toxins. A majority of Americans go through life dehydrated."  

Tip: If you don't like drinking water, there are many powders on the market like Crystal Light that provide a better taste, and still have all the benefits of water.

1 comment:

Ashley Kilbourn said...

Another way to stay healthy is to have cut up fresh fruits and veggies on hand and out where you will see them before anything else may cross your mind when you are standing in the fridge trying to find a snack. i also make fruit dips that I love and still taste rich without as much fat. I make an awesome peanut butter & fat free cream cheese dip that is really good to eat with pears, apples, or even yes... celery (sorry Kerri...) For a frozen snack I keep frozen grapes in the freezer they are good to eat especially if you want something sweet. Last but not least I make a huge pitcher of green tea, another good alternative when you aren't in the mood for coke that is for sure!