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3 Healthy (and Easy!) Eating Habits to Follow

If you are like most people, you are inspired by the New Year to take on new challenges and start creating healthy eating habits. And if you are like most people, a lot of your good intentions start to wane as we reach the end of January. But healthy eating habits don’t have to be difficult. In fact, some of the healthiest habits are also the easiest habits to create - simply because they aren’t complex. Here are some of our favorite healthy eating tips from Neal Barnard MD, founder and president of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Dr. Barnard and PCRM advocate a healthy, plant-based diet as a way to decrease disease and reduce our impact on the environment.

1. Plan Your Meals and Plan for Success

Yes, meal planning takes a little extra time, but it is well worth the effort. Deciding on what you’re going to eat ahead of time cuts your risk of getting overly hungry and succumbing to less than healthy options.

First off, be sure to eat breakfast. If your mornings tend to be hectic, have easy to eat options available to you. A smoothie is a quick and healthy breakfast and a great opportunity to add in extra greens for the day. Add a couple of scoops of 22 Days Nutrition Plant Protein Power and you’re also getting a boost of 22 grams of vegan protein in the morning.

Work, school and life can consume our days and busy schedules sometimes make it difficult to stay on track with healthy eating. Planning for snacks or even meals on the road will make your life easier. Keep healthy snacks on hand so you’ll always have something to grab and go. Nuts, whole fruits and 22 Days Nutrition bars make perfect snacks and can even replace a meal in a pinch.

2. Make Healthy Recipe Swaps

By switching a few ingredients in a recipe, you can cut down on saturated fat and calories and at the same time boost fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. One of the most creative swaps? Black bean brownies! It may sound like a practical joke, but black beans create a dense, rich brownie and you’ll never miss the butter or oil that’s found in traditional recipes – or taste the black beans. Here’s a great recipe for Flourless Black Bean Brownies to get you started.

And it’s not just brownies that can get a healthy addition. You can make healthy swaps by using applesauce, banana, dates, carrots, avocadoes and sweet potatoes in place of sugar and dairy in many recipes. Download our free ebook with 22 Days of Vegan Recipes and you’ll find drool-worthy recipes that use fruits and veggies in ways you probably haven’t thought of before.

3. Fill Up on Fiber to Drop Pounds

Boost your metabolism simply by eating more fiber. It’s an easy habit to create when you realize how many delicious and fiber-rich options you have available to you. Add more vegetables to your diet, but also include beans and whole grains to help increase fiber intake. A healthy, plant-based diet includes lots of vegetables, beans and whole grains, so aim to eat plant-based meals more often. You may just start with one plant-based meal a day or one plant-based day a week, but just start! You’ll easily boost metabolism and slim down. By making a few changes in the way you eat, you’ll easily increase the nutrition in your diet and feel better while doing it. Do you have any recommendations for easy and healthy habits? Share below!