Sunday, April 1, 2012
Spring is a time for life and growth and also usually cleaning. So clean out your bad habits and start some new, healthy ones!
Change is actually pretty easy, when you do it slowly. Start this month off right with a few new, healthy habits. Since it's the beginning of the month and the beginning of the week, it's the perfect time.
Eat one apple every day before breakfast. There are plenty of different kinds of apples, so I'm sure you can find one or several that you like. Beyond the low cal, tasty factor, apples are incredibly good for you. Packed with soluble fiber, they'll satisfy hunger and fill up your belly. Apples are a good source of antioxidents, B complex vitamins, vitamin C (yeah, I was surprised about that one too), and even minerals like potassium. Oh, and they're rumored to contribute to hearth health. I'm going to suggest you get your 7 apples and line them up on the counter, maybe next to your coffee pot. That way when you start your day, you won't forget to start it right!
Now let's end the day right too. Have a nice leafy green salad every night before dinner. Yes, even if you're having a pile of veggies on your dinner plate. Fresh lettuce has all kinds of good stuff in it: vitamins A, C, K, beta carotene, folate, potassium, iron, and calcium. Who knew? Let's not forget the fiber and water, which fills you up...I think you know what that means. Get your greens home, clean them, tear them up, and store in your salad spinner (it will keep it fresh longer). You can add some shredded carrots, chopped celery, or whatever veggies hold up well (I'd hold off on the tomatoes till you get it to the bowl). All you have to do is grab some, stick it in a bowl, and add your dressing. Couldn't be easier.