With the first day of fall just days behind us and leaves changing, fall is upon us! And with it will come holidays and cold weather. Unfortunately, this is also the time where healthy eating habits can go out the window.
Read on for some tips to keep healthy eating a reality in your home!
1. Serve tea to curb cravings or snacking at bay (herbal or other). When it’s cold outside and cravings hit, sometimes all we want is something carb-rich or heavy to eat, even if we’re not actually hungry. Drinking tea can help to distract from cravings, and as an added bonus is perfect for the colder weather! Just make sure to keep it light on the sugar.
2. Choose carbs carefully! While a slice of cake or something rich in carbs is all the more appealing when the weather gets colder and days get darker (as serotonin levels drop and we seek more feel-good experiences), make sure that you and your family are stocking up on healthy carbs, like whole grains, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and quinoa.
3. Serve foods that will keep you and your family fuller, longer. Try to eat protein (which is very filling) at each meal, such as eggs, low-fat cheese, nuts, and natural peanut butter.
4. Be wary of mindless snacking. With fall comes family-friendly activities like football and new TV shows–and impulse snacking, or parking in front of the TV with unhealthy snacks. Try to choose healthy snacks, and try to always put your snacks in a bowl or on a plate so you can keep track of how much you’re eating.
5. While it may be tempting to gorge on unhealthy desserts, reach for fruit first. The fall harvest brings in a lot of delicious fruits and vegetables. In Utah, fruits in season during the fall include cantaloupe, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, and more, so stock up!