If you’re trying to improve your diet, you’ll often find it’s easier to focus on the things you want to remove from your current eating habits rather than trying to add things. And the best way to make that successful is to focus on just the smallest things that will cause the smallest change to your feeling of fullness and energy throughout the day.
Here are some very easy ways to cut calories and reduce the amount of junk in your diet!
Get Rid of Soda Drinks
One of the very best things that anyone can do for their diet is to remove soda drinks from their diet. That means no more Coca-Cola and no more 7-Up. Why? Because these drinks are absolutely packed with simple sugars while offering nothing healthy in return. They’ll make you feel hungry and they’ll add lots of calories while contributing to lipogenesis (fat storage).
Clean eating is a simple, inexpensive way to eat healthy. Because it’s good for the body and easy to do, the popularity of this eating plan continues to rise. The basic concept behind clean eating is based on guidelines that anyone can adhere to.
You start by making sure that the foods you have for your snacks and all of your meals are natural ones. You would pick food items that are as close to the way that they were made in nature over picking foods that are processed.
When foods are processed, you can usually tell by the packaging. These items will usually be in cans or boxes. If it has an ingredient label with more than one or two items, then it’s usually processed.
To avoid processed foods, look for items that are found in your produce section such as leafy green vegetables and fruits. Non-processed foods are ones that are brought to the store in the same state in which they were grown.
They’re not put in cans or covered in preservatives or anything additional. When you’re following a clean eating plan, you’ll want to make sure your menus are based on unrefined foods.
Refined foods are foods that have been changed from the way they were grown into something where the makeup of the original isn’t the same. For example, white rice was changed from its original state of brown rice.
You want your diet to be filled w
ith whole grains as much as possible. This means that you should eat things like brown rice or legumes. Some people are addicted to sugar but sugar isn’t good for you and when you’re on a clean eating plan, it’s best to avoid it.
I love stuffed chicken breasts and this one is amazing. Imagine the taste of fresh basil, melted Parmesan cheese, and lemon – Mmmm! Try out this recipe and pair it with a side salad or some steamed veggies for a healthy, delicious meal.
Recipe and image credit belong to Fitness Magazine
Makes: 4 servings
Prep 20 mins
Grill 25 mins to 30 mins
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
I love black beans and this recipe is as simple as it is delicious. It’s low calorie with zero sugar, but packs a punch with 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber… check it out!
Recipe and image compliments of EatingWell.com
Serves 4 (1-1/4 cups each)
1 tablespoon canola oil **(I use olive oil instead)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
3 cups water
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)