Nutrition-wise blog

Tips for healthy eating

By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. March 2, 2011

I can't count how many times I've suggested fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy eating plan. In case you've missed it, here's the drill: Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients and low in calories, making them a great addition to any meal and ideal for snacking. They're also good sources of fiber — so they fill you up without adding a ton of calories.

I stand by this healthy eating advice. However, this week I've heard from several of my new clients that they still feel hungry after snacking on fruits and veggies. Maybe you feel the same way. Here are some things to consider:

  • Could it be that you just need more time to adjust to this new way of eating?
  • Is your desire for candy or salty snacks keeping you from being satisfied with fruits and veggies?
  • Or is it that fruits and veggies truly aren't sustaining enough for you?

No question, lifestyle changes are a challenge. It takes time to make these new healthy eating habits part of your routine. But maybe you need to rethink your approach. Would you be better off completely cutting out sweets and salty snacks for only fruits and veggies? Or would you prefer starting with baby steps, such as switching from ice cream to low-fat frozen yogurt topped with fruit?

Let's say you've tried fruit and veggies alone for 2 weeks and you aren't feeling satisfied — not your stomach nor your head. Try adding a little protein or healthy fat to your snack. How about sliced bell peppers with hummus or bean dip? Or a piece of fruit with a smear of nut spread?

Have you been in this spot and gotten through it? What advice can you share with others?



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Mar. 02, 2011