Most undergraduate students, if they’re anything like I am, spend many days dreaming about how healthy they will be once they graduate. We have grand plans of buying all of our groceries at Whole Foods, meal prepping every Sunday for the entire week, and mapping out how much time can be spent at the gym. Those plans last all of the first month at a full time job; until your bank account is empty, Sundays are spent doing chores and running errands, and getting to the gym seems impossible.
Adjusting to the 40-hour (at least) work week can be difficult, and it may seem easier to just “throw in the towel” on your dream of a healthy physique, but there are ways to make it easier. Here’s some insight on the first step to help you reach your goal of eating healthier.
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. People also say that abs are formed in the kitchen. While I don’t entirely believe that second saying, I’d say there is at least some truth behind it.
Choose one thing, your biggest and most unhealthy food weakness – whether it’s ice cream before bed, a doughnut in the morning, too much soda throughout the day, or munching on crackers after lunch – and give it up for 21 days.
Easier said than done? It doesn’t have to be if you substitute it with a healthier option. For those of you who think you aren’t able to or don’t have the time to make these adjustments, here are some healthy-eating alternatives that will change your mind:
1. Try these frozen Greek yogurt-covered blueberries! It’s as simple as that; all you need are blueberries and a cup of any flavored yogurt. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even add a splash of agave or honey. I suggest using a toothpick to dip the blueberries and placing them in a container that has wax paper on the bottom. They take a couple of hours to freeze, but then you have a healthy snack for the whole week!
2. If you’re in the mood for something crunchy and hearty, give Ezekiel bread with avocado a try! Ezekiel bread can be found in the first section of most grocery stores and has been said to be one of the healthiest breads you can eat (more detailed information on that can be found here). Stick a piece or two into the toaster, spread some avocado, add a pinch of salt for extra flavor, and voila.
3. This last one might be my favorite and I’m not even sure what they’re called, so I’ll just name them oat/banana cookies.
All you need to do is grind up (in a blender/food processor/nutribullet/etc.) some oats (I use the Publix brand old fashion oats) and mash up some bananas. There is no perfect ratio for this recipe; if you use more bananas, your cookies will be fluffier, if you use more oats, they will be a little bit more firm.
From there, add whatever you want! Chocolate chips, walnuts, berries – honestly, pretty much anything will taste good. I highly suggest adding cinnamon and agave/honey. After you’ve done this, stick them in the oven (350 degrees) for about 15 minutes. You can thank me later for this one.
If you can successfully cut out your worst and most unhealthy habit for the next 21 days, you will be on your way to a much healthier lifestyle!
What are some of the healthy alternatives you use to satisfy your sweet cravings? Comment below!