1001 Tips for Military Families – #416

Healthy Eating – Tip #416

I know that military life is tough and adding another few steps, ingredients, etc. can feel overwhelming (particularly if you add the “Yuck” response you may get from the rest of your family).  I also know, from experience, that sometimes it is just easier to go to a drive through than go home and cook something and then clean up afterwards.  The truth is though that the better we eat the better we feel.  This week Kristin Wells writes us some tips on healthy eating.

Guest post by: Kristin Wells

Tips to Eat Smarter

Eating healthy is one of the most important things that a person can do maintain optimal health. Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy does not necessarily mean that a person will have to give up the foods that they enjoy. The key to incorporating one’s favorite food into a healthy diet and keep our resolutions are to change the way that they are prepared. Below are some tips on eating smarter.

Chicken
Chicken is an excellent source of protein and can be healthy if it is prepared properly.  People who love chicken should consider baking it instead of frying it. Even frequently pan frying it should be reconsidered.  Four ounces of fried chicken breast contain 270 calories while four ounces of baked chicken breast only contain 160 calories. Additionally, roasting and grilling are also better than frying. Another great idea is to always prepare the chicken skinless. The skin is what harbors the majority of fat, which can hold upwards of 3 grams of saturated fat per breast.

Pizza Lovers
Almost everyone loves pizza. It can be healthy if it is prepared with a wheat tortilla instead of traditional bread. Wheat tortillas contain less sodium and calories than traditional bread. People can also save calories by loading their pizza with vegetables instead of pepperoni and sausage. Another idea, if you like cauliflower, is to make the crust out of cauliflower. I was weary at first, but once I tried it, I almost exclusively make the crust this way when I have the time. Not to mention, I don’t feel like I need to run a marathon to burn the calories off after I’ve finished.

Baked Goods
Most people will be thrilled to know that they do not have to give up their delectable desserts to eat a healthy diet. A person can save several calories by baking with whole wheat flour instead of white flour. Margarine is a healthier choice than buttering. Additionally, people should also use skim milk, soy, and almond or reduced fat milk instead of whole milk. Another way is to use cocoa powder instead of semi sweet chocolate chunks.

People who eat healthy will be able to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce their risk of developing serious illnesses. Heart disease, which is the number one killer of women, can be linked in many ways to poor diet. These are just a few of the ideas I’ve found to keep me on track with my New Year Resolutions and I don’t feel like I’m punishing myself on my journey to my idea weight. Now if I ever slip up and eat something really unhealthy for me, I end up feeling sick afterwards. It really made me wonder just how bad my old eating habits were for me. Some recipe substitutions are found on cancer websites to help those going through chemotherapy for different Types of Mesothelioma. It really goes to show just how some simple healthy substitutions can improve our overall health.


Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

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