By now, you’ve heard me talk a little bit about this healthier lifestyle I’m working to achieve. Although I like a lot of healthy foods, I get bored eating the same thing over and over and over. I spent a lot of time researching ultra healthy new-to-me foods. One that kept coming up was Greek yogurt. According to the entire internet, all healthy people love it. They eat it daily and love every bite. So, I went to the store and got some.
And it was absolutely disgusting. I tried plain, flavored, the kind with the little topping packets included. I tried it with fruit and cinnamon. One night, I did the smart thing. I googled “how to make Greek yogurt tolerable” I read all of the suggestions people hd that would help me to survive this forced relationship I was going to have with Greek yogurt if I were to ever achieve that healthy life. I was committed.
Then, I saw it. It was on another post from someone who just could not find a way to like Greek yogurt. The reply was simple.
“Why are you wasting your time? If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. Stop eating food you don’t like.” And that was that. I was free from Greek yogurt for good! Eating Greek yogurt isn’t going to magically make me healthier. Not eating it will not prevent me from having healthier eating habits. It is not a magic cure all food.
Life is to short to eat food you don’t enjoy. So, forget greek yogurt. Hate asparagus? Oh, well. You’ll be fine without them. I have seen so many people miserably try diet plans with strict rules about eating only a specific narrow list of foods that they HATE. We have conditioned ourselves to believe that healthy foods are gross, and we have to be grumpy and eat them if we want our bodies to be better.
I am NOT saying you shouldn’t try new foods. You absolutely should try anything that you’re not allergic to at least once. I just convinced a brave friend to retry brussel sprouts…after she put them on her “I will never eat those” list. She was a champ and tried them two different ways….and she LIKED them. What I’m saying is there are plenty of ways to enjoy food and still have healthy eating habits. You don’t have to pick between healthy food and good food. Below are some of my favorites that are pretty easy to handle.
- Roasted Vegetables. All I do is grab whatever veggies I have in the fridge, cut them up, and throw them in the pan with a bit of garlic powder and olive oil. It’s an easy healthy meal. My favorites to roast are brussel sprouts, bell peppers, kale, onions, and carrots. You just need to be careful because different vegetables have different roasting times. Find whatever is in season, and just pop it in the oven. Depending on what vegetables I use, I’ll eat them cold the next day. It’s a nice change from raw veggies.
- Scrambles. AKA throw it on the stove. These are so easy. I seriously take whatever I have on hand: veggies, leftover chicken, quinoa, whole grain rice. Anything! I saute it. Then, I mix it with some seasonings- or Italian dressing if I’m being lazy. Super easy meals. You could even put eggs in here if you really wanted to do so. I just don’t.
- Flavored water: Obviously not pictured. Like I said before, I get bored with the same things over and over. I also used to drink way more calories than necessary. I’ve loved figuring out what I can add to water to give it flavor – but not extra calories. My favorite to date is lemon, basil and strawberry together. If I’m at a restaurant that serves alcohol, I’ll order my water with lime. Yes, my friends tease me, but every server has been so easy going about it. Most of the time, they just bring me a cup of limes. It keeps me from getting sick of lemon. You can also add baking extracts to water for quick and easy flavor. Pro tip: use pure- not imitation extracts. They taste better and they have less junk in them.Find some healthy options you actually like and find new ways to prepare them!