Summer is full of home-cooked meals and backyard barbecues filled with fresh food straight from the kitchen but when fall roles around bake sales and pre-packaged lunch food take over. Eating healthy, for kids or adults, can be tough, but here are three tips to make it easier.
1) Keep it fresh – Avoid processed food. Sure, it’s much easier to stick something in the microwave than make it from scratch but it’s also a lot less healthy. Eating processed foods packed with calories can actually make you feel even more hungry.
2) Use seasonal foods – Eating foods that are in season makes it that much easier to have fresh food. They also tend to be cheaper and taste better. Take advantage of farmer’s markets or look online to find which fruits or vegetables are in season in the autumn.
3) Make time – This goes along with the two other tips. The only way you’re going to eat well or pick good foods is if you give yourself enough time to shop and cook. If you’re in a rush, you’re going to resort to unhealthy food as you run to do the twenty things left on your “to do” list. Eating well can seem like a low priority but it affects how you feel, how you act and much energy you have.
Give yourself enough time this fall to focus on eating well. With busy schedules, school starting and Christmas around the corner, it’s easy to forget to eat well but it’s incredibly important. Picking out fresh food that’s in season is an easy way to make cooking this fall easier and healthier.