Top 5 Tips to a Healthier 2013!

This year I resolved to eat healthier.  I have a lot of things that need doing and an example that needs to be set for my kiddos so it’s important for me to make good food choices so that I can have optimal energy and my kids can see what better food choices are than they saw in 2012. With that being said, I came up with 5 ways that I can modify my diet in 2013 to be healthier and hopefully be a better mom while my body thanks me!  Here’s what I came up with:

5 Tips to a Healthier 2013

water1.  Drink Water- I used to drink a lot of water.  My habit was so fabulous in fact, that I never drank anything else.  It was rare for me to even take sips of soda. And then I re-discoverd a love of soda in 2012.  A few sips turned into drinking half a can of soda which turned into a whole can which turned into a habit, which needs to be broken.  So, in 2013, I want to kick my diet soda habit and get back into the habit of drinking plenty of water.  Plus, I have five kids I need to think about.  How can I expect my kids to not drink soda if I constantly have soda around? Popped snack2.  Eat Healthy Snacks- I have a serious sweet tooth.  When I feel like a snack, I’m much more likely to reach for a piece of candy than something healthy and that’s just plain not good for me. I don’t want my kids to get into bad habits like me, and I certainly don’t want them to think that since we are thin we can eat what we want and it doesn’t matter.  It does.  So, I’ve started buying healthy snacks like Quaker® PoppedTM.  I can serve them with fruit and still feel like I’m eating something sweet.  {The snacks are made with whole grain brown rice and corn and are popped, not fried.  They come in a bunch of flavors (14) like Sweet Chili, Tomato Basil and even Vanilla Creme Brûlée.}homemade jam3.  Prepare My Own Jam- My kids pack their own lunches and half the time they bring Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches.  By making my own jam, I can moderate how much fruit and sugar they are getting in their jam, and that’s one more step in the right direction. juicing4.  Juicing- My husband has totally embraced juicing.  The health benefits are not to be taken lightly, so in 2013, it’s my goal to embrace juicing as well.  I just think it’s going to take me (and the kids) a bit longer to love green juices than it took him because there isn’t any sugar in those health filled juices, darn it.  {{laughing}} vegan enchiladas5.  Preparing Healthier Dinners- Not only is it a goal to make healthier dinners in 2013, it’s a goal of mine to make almost every meal in 2013.  That means {and this kind of hurts to say this} no more fast food.  It’s not that I even like fast food, but with the kids in sports and all of the running around that we do, sometimes fast food is just. so. easy.  But it doesn’t fit into my plan for a healthier 2013, so it’s out.  {I hope.}

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