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3 Tips to Make Eating Healthy Easier

3 Tips to Make Eating Healthy Easier

You want to start eating healthy, but you don’t know how to get the ball rolling. Here are some of my super simple tips to change your eating habits without breaking the bank!

1) Keep it simple!

One of the hardest parts of getting fit is eating healthy. Why make it harder on yourself by trying a bunch of crazy recipes that you have to spend hours cooking daily?

Seriously though...
Seriously though…

Some of the most successful exercise gurus will tell you that they stick with the same meals and rotate them on a regular basis. Eggs with salsa & turkey bacon, salad with shrimp & avocado, and chicken with steamed veggies are all meals I eat quite often. I usually use the same ingredients in multiple dishes. Which leads me to my next point…

2)  Keep down the cost!

Eating healthy can be expensive. Don’t let the cost turn you away from a healthier lifestyle. For example, I like to buy one or two rotisserie chickens ($4.99 a piece @ Costco!) and use them in different dishes throughout the week. I can make chicken breast and baked sweet potatoes on Monday, these delicious Lettuce Boat Tacos on Tues, throw some chicken on a leafy green salad on Wed, etc. If your family isn’t large or you just need them to last a while, the foods I buy for cheap and in bulk can usually be frozen. The idea for me is to make things as easy and inexpensive for our family as possible.

3) Always have a replacement!

What I mean by this is when you remove a food from your diet always have a healthy option to replace it with. This way, you aren’t ever fully missing a food and you are less likely to relapse due to a craving.

As a few examples, I replaced milk with almond milk, sour cream with greek yogurt, home-style pancakes (my husband’s favorite) were replaced by some delicious banana pancakes and I even make my own coffee creamer. That way, even if we’re craving something “bad,” I have a fall back.

AND I know the title only said THREE, but I’ll throw in a fourth tip for free 😉

4) Don’t stress yourself out!

In today’s world of Pinterest perfect and those online know-it-alls, it can be hard to try to measure up to your (or other’s) expectations. Stress will hurt you in the long run. Unless you are doing something on a time limit, like the 21 Day Fix,  you don’t have to eat perfect ALL the time. Every once in awhile, have that dessert to celebrate a birthday or drink that sugary cocktail and enjoy being out with friends. It’s all about moderation. Just don’t over do it.

These are some of the tips that work best for me… If you have any questions or other tips you would like to add, please leave it in the comments below!  


Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

I love tacos! They are the perfect blend of flavors and you can mix and match toppings to suit your tastes. Everyone in the house is happy and we rarely have left overs on taco night.

Of course, now that I am eating “clean”, I have to think twice about all my meals, including tacos. I use the term loosely because everyone has a different definition of what that means. To me, eating clean means cutting out the following: added sugar, added salt, preservatives, white bread (which I haven’t eaten since I was 11 anyway), and most dairy. Therefore, I do as much cooking from scratch as I can. However, I’m not going to sit here and calculate macros and count carbs all day. I know what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t and go from there.



Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets.
Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets!


Clearly, I have to reconsider eating tacos with the salty taco seasoning, the carb filled shells, the sour cream, the cheese… oh how I love cheese! Taco salad is always an option, but when I’m on a diet I get so tired of anything with the word “salad” in it!
Luckily, I have a fabulous clean way to eat tacos that doesn’t include the bad stuff, and still tastes delicious. All it takes is a few variations on the usual taco recipe.



Hearts of Romain
Hearts of Romain



To make clean-eating tacos, follow these easy substitutions:


  • Use high quality ground beef, ground turkey or (my favorite) – pulled chicken, instead of low-grade ground beef

  • Use a salt-free Taco Seasoning. Home-made is the best choice ~ Here is my taco-seasoning recipe

  • Use Romaine lettuce leaves as taco shells. They have a nice boat shape, are very healthy, and have 0 carbs. They also have the crunchy texture

  • Use a salsa that has all natural ingredients. I love this organic Costco brand salsa

  • Ditch the sour cream and substitute Plain Greek Yogurt instead. Seriously! When all these flavors are mixed together, you can NOT tell the difference

  • Use a sprinkle of taco cheese blend. I know I need a little bit!

  • Add any other clean toppings you want!

    And there you have it! If you have any other healthy taco suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

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