HEalthy doesn’t equal boring
For many people, when they think of eating healthily, they think of something along the lines of a plain bowl of lettuce with a glass of water, and nothing else. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Healthy food isn’t necessarily boring. It can be, but it can also be full of flavor.
Let’s take the most classic of healthy meals, a salad. While a bowl of plain lettuce may be appealing to some, those people are few and far between. Instead of taking a bowl of iceberg lettuce and showering it in cheese, croutons, and ranch dressing, try starting with a base of dark greens, such as arugula, spinach, or kale. From this base, you can build your salad into anything you want. Craving something sweet? Sprinkle a small handful of dried cherries, cranberries, or other fruit over top of it. Want something that will stick with you throughout the day? Add a healthy whole grain such as quinoa. (If you don’t want to spend half an hour making quinoa every day of the week, make a large batch over the weekend and store it in a container in the fridge. You can also do this with your salad in general!) Do you want something salty or crunchy? Add sunflower or pumpkin seeds! (Be aware of the serving size of these, however, as they can contain large amounts of fat.) If you want a dressing, try something such as rice wine vinegar or any of various vinaigrettes.
There are also a few ways to make sure that you A: eat more healthily and B: stay less hungry throughout the day, simply by changing what you eat for breakfast. For example, changing from eating cereal to eating oatmeal. If you think oatmeal is inherently boring and you want some obvious sugar in your breakfast, then maybe you should try adding some fresh or dried fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, dried cranberries or fruit chips made from apples, bananas, and similar fruits. If you like to eat something that is generally nutty for breakfast, try using one of the many peanut powders you can likely find in the grocery store. You can either mix the powder with water or straight into the oatmeal. If you like to have something savory for breakfast, try oatmeal with a poached egg and salsa. If you don’t like oatmeal, you can try greek or plain yogurt with muesli and the same additions listed for oatmeal above.
These are just some of the ways that healthy eating doesn’t necessarily mean bland eating. It definitely can, but whether it does or not is up to you. Just remember: Moderation is key. Too much of anything can be bad for you, whether it be an apple or cheese, vinaigrette or ranch dressing.