Did the end of summer get the best of you? Endless barbecues, potlucks, and celebrations filled with delicious foods crowding your schedule and your stomach? We’re right there with you.
5 Ways to Eat Healthier This Week
In the Chef’d office, we’re talking September Slim Down ideas. We’ve binged all summer long on delicious grill foods and we’re ready to start making a change. We’re starting by incorporating more healthy foods into our diets and trying all of the latest healthy trends. If you want to join in on our challenge, follow these five simple tricks to eat healthier this week.
1. Lower Your Sugar Intake
Sugar-free and low sugar diets are all the rage right now. You may not know it, but sugar is in just about everything you eat. Fruit, vegetables, beverages—sugar is hiding in everything. Before you eliminate sugar from your diet completely and put your body into shock, try easing into it with reduced sugar meals.
We’ve partnered with the American Diabetes Association to create over 40+ reduced sugar meal kits that will help you lower your sugar intake throughout the week. These meals are crafted by the Association’s team of nutritionists to ensure the best flavors and the best ingredients.
You can order as you please or start a meal plan to have meals magically appear at your door each and every week.
2. Make Time for a Balanced Breakfast
From the moment your alarm rings, your day is a whirlwind. Getting the kids ready for school, figuring out what to wear, hitting the snooze one too many times—mornings can typically be a bit of a frenzy. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Our office is making the effort to set our alarms just 10 minutes earlier so we can make time for a balanced breakfast. We have a vast selection of quick, easy, and delicious breakfast options that will make your mornings even easier.
If you want something super simple and savory, try some Avocado Toast with Prosciutto. If you need something simple and packed with nutrients, our Kale Scramble takes only 10 minutes to create and only one pan.
3. Pack Your Lunches Ahead of Time
Eating out every day can do major damage to your September Slim Down challenge (and your wallet). Rather than hitting the local cafe or taking a trip down the drive thru, try meal prepping for the week.
What is meal prepping? Rather than preparing a meal every morning for your lunch, you prep all of your lunches in one day. Preparing healthy meals on Sunday or Monday can get you ready for the week ahead and help you fight against unhealthy distractions.
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4. Try Cutting Meat for 2-3 Days of the Week
While nothing may be better than a plate full of hearty steak, it’s not the best for your body. Many cuts of meat contain high amounts of fat. When consumed regularly, it can not only affect your body weight but also put you at risk for many health problems.
Cutting out meat from your diet just a few days a week can help you fight the bulge and improve your overall health and well-being.
This doesn’t mean you can never eat meat again—it simply means cutting back on your intake. Try a veggie burger this week like the signature Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat that looks, tastes, and cooks like real beef. Make yourself a protein packed bowl like our Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Bowl from Runner’s World. This bowl is designed for training athletes to ensure they get all of the nutrients it needs without weighing it down.
These simple fixes can help you jumpstart your September Slim Down with little effort on your end.
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