Healthy eating is easier than you might think. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), improving your diet – and helping to ensure your family’s good health – is as simple as getting daily exercise; cutting your intake of sugar, salt and saturated fat; eating more fruits and vegetables; and finally, consuming smaller portion sizes. Getting off the couch is up to you, but Rubbermaid can get you started with healthier eating. Here are some of our top suggestions.
Get more H2O
Water keeps you hydrated and is essential for trips to the gym or when you’re out for a walk or run. Motivate yourself to exercise by treating yourself to a waste-reducing, workout-enhancing new Rubbermaid water bottle.
Don’t be a vending-machine victim
Pack your own trail mix, dry cereal, or low-salt roasted nuts in a single-serving small TakeAlongs container so you’re eating healthy – not empty – calories.
Make veggies easier
Part of the “hassle” of eating fresh veggies is the prep-work involved. Make it easy for your kids by washing carrots, celery, bell peppers and broccoli as soon as you come home from grocery shopping, and then slicing and stashing them in a Large TakeAlongs container. Store it on an easily accessible lower fridge shelf and your children will be more likely to help themselves to something nutritious.
Make your dipping skinny
Want dip with your veggies? Get your family hooked on chickpea-based hummus. The CDC touts legumes as a healthy and fiber-rich food that helps you feel fuller on fewer calories, making hummus one of the best dip choices.
Pack leftovers for lunch
Skip fast food or low-nutrient convenience foods in favor of leftovers. You’ll save money as well as calories and saturated fat. A TakeAlongs container with divided storage will keep foods and flavors separated.
Finally, watch those portion sizes
Read package labels so you know what a serving actually is. What Americans might consider the average bowl of cereal, for instance, says the CDC, is often actually TWO servings. Bookmark the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid.gov website to get the final word on correct portion sizes for many foods.