10 Ways To Be A Little Healthier This Week

With the warmer weather quickly approaching, it’s easy to get swept up into the ever-so-refreshing world of frappuccinos and frozen margaritas.  Even if you’re not interested in full-on dieting, just adding these few tips into your day-to-day life may help you shed a few unwanted pounds or feel a bit better overall!

1. Drink more water

Why does every single heath tip always mention water?! – because it’s true!  Water detoxes your system by flushing toxins out of your body.  While being hydrated might not mean much to you, you may be surprised how clear and glowy your skin looks, how your headaches are much less regular, and how full you feel throughout the day.

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2. Swap out red meat for substitutes

If you’re someone who just can’t live without weekly steak or burgers, try to swap out some red meat for some still-delicious options.  And no, I don’t mean inedible cardboard-like patties.   According to Harvard Heath, one should not consume more than 17oz of red meat per week (the average fast food burger is 12oz).  Even acting like a vegetarian or pescatarian (a person who doesn’t eat red meat) just a few days a week can help keep off unwanted weight.  Some of my favorite suggestions are the black bean burger from Au Bon Pain or the California Veggie Burger from Dr. Praeger’s, which you can pick up at any grocery store!

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3. Try out some DIY treats

If you, like myself, have a sick Ben and Jerry’s obsession, try making your own ice cream.  Not exactly Chunky Monkey, but still very tasty and satisfying.  Here are some of our favorite recipes:

For a peanut butter chocolate treat, add 1/2 c greek yogurt, 4 frozen bananas, 1/3 c cocoa powder, and 2 tbsp natural peanut butter.  Use either a blender or mixing bowl to blend the ingredients, pour into a pan and freeze for two hours.

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If you like Key Lime Pie, try out this recipe. 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced fat milk, 1/2 cup Key lime juice, 1/2 cup whipping cream, dash of salt, 1 14oz can fat-free sweetened condensed milk, and 6 graham crackers.  This ice cream has all of the flavors of classic Key Lime pie and will satisfy the same sweetness cravings; just in a smaller portion.

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4. Go out of your way to take extra steps

You might be surprised how firm your legs and glutes feel just a few days after opting to take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator.  Even if you can’t be bothered to work out, just switching up your day by taking the stairs can have a powerful and positive impact on your heath over time.  According to Step Jockey, “climbing just eight flights of stairs a day lowers average early mortality risk by 33, seven minutes stair climbing a day can halve the risk of heart attack over 10 years, and just two minutes extra stair climbing a day is enough to stop average middle age weight gain.”  It’s a pain to walk those extra flights; however, the results will be worth it.

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5. Eat more vegetables by sneaking them into your favorite foods

Adding some vegetables into your favorite foods is a great way to get some extra nutrients and must-eat foods while still enjoying your favorite meals.  Adding mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini or asparagus into pasta dishes or adding spinach and onions into a normal cheese omelet is a great way to do this.

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