Good-standing relationships (friends, significant other, family) are healthy and should help you excel and become a better, successful, and happier person. This same concept applies to food. You know the saying, “You are what you eat?” It’s true. Eating bad food will make you feel as such, whether it’s guilty, sluggish, or overly full. Eating food that is good for you will leave you feeling energized and satisfied.
Carbs are a major part of our diet. Despite what many people say, not all carbs are bad for you.
In my opinion, because carbs are a main part of our diet, it is also what needs to be altered the most. All it takes is a simple switch. I personally love bread, especially in pastry form. But I knew I had to cut out treats like that out of my diet, even if it was homemade or freshly baked at a bakery. When I started making changes in the way I ate, I still kept eating bread, but I looked for healthier alternatives. I looked for whole wheat or whole grain bread, usually with oats, flax, or chia seeds baked right in. They are higher in fiber and nutrients. Yes, they are a bit more expensive and a bit dry on its own. But that’s where you can get creative with your meals. Here are a few quick and simple recipe options that I love:
Breakfast or pre-workout snack: Crunchy peanut butter on whole wheat toast. I always go for the unsalted option and I spread on no more than 1 TBSP. You also gain protein and energy from the peanut butter, which is perfect in the morning before you start your day.
Personal Pizza: For this, I use whole wheat Middle-Eastern flatbread, which you can find at Trader Joe’s. It’s a perfect round size for a mini pizza. I usually roll it up or fold it in half, wrap it with foil, and take it for my lunch on the go. I use a 1 TBSP of marinara sauce, a small handful of spinach (optional), and a light layer of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Then pop it into a toaster oven at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble and brown. If you want some protein, feel free to add grilled chicken, a few slices of pepperoni, or bacon. Yes, it’s okay to eat these and still be healthy! But I always follow a single serving size.
Remember, if you must have bread or rice, find a whole wheat or brown rice option. It’s these small substitutions in your diet that will make a big difference. You’ll feel it and eventually see results on your body.