Yes. Yes you do.
Ok, but seriously, you do have to eat healthy.
At least a good percentage of the time.
Look. I'm lined up for my Saturday morning donut as consistently as McDonald's makes fries. But if we're honest, we all know that the all-donut-all-day diet is not the best plan for lifelong health. We gotta throw an apple in there somewhere.
But what do you do if you hate to eat healthy?
I know people who simply cannot tolerate the bitter taste of certain vegetables. My son drools and gags on anything green. The mere sight of lettuce has him wilting out of his chair as he slips under the dinner table in a fit of fear and disgust.
If you truly don't love vegetables trust me, you're not alone. And, since you're still reading this, I can tell you're ready to make a go at trying to improve.
Start With Fruit.
Ok, ok, I know it's not a vegetable. Just hear me out. Fruit is a wholesome whole food that may be more palatable to those who don't love the "earthy" flavors of vegetables. Fruit can also help us to develop a taste for natural sweetness rather than refined sugar.
Eat More of the Vegetables You Do Like.
Even the worst veggy eaters will eat something.
C'mon. Baby carrots dipped in ranch? Start somewhere.
Notice what vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, and other whole foods you DO like, and simply eat more of those. As you fill up on those calories first, you'll be able to start crowding out the processed foods from your diet bit by bit.
Get Good at Smoothies
One of the simplest ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet is to throw them all together in a blender and slug 'em down.
Here is my go-to recipe for a quick and tasty any-time smoothie:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup frozen berries, banana, or other sweet fruit
1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp raw honey, stevia or sweetener of choice
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Blend. Pour over ice. Enjoy!
There you have it.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be fancy, complicated, time consuming or painful.
PS...check out these tomatoes from our family garden, and watch for a few DIY gardening tips when the next Pacific Northwest growing season gets under way...