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You’re probably familiar with the expressions “eat the rainbow,” “abs are made in the kitchen” and “you can’t out train a bad diet.” Your daily food choices matter, when it comes to appearance and performance. Improving what you put into your body can have a dramatic effect on what you can get out of your body when you exercise, and boost your metabolism to help whittle away extra fat.
If you’ve resolved to Make Your Move by eating healthier in 2015, set yourself up for success by taking it slow and steady! Adopt one new habit at a time; for instance, meeting daily fruit and vegetable intake recommendations, drinking water instead of soda or juice, or packing a healthy lunch rather than grabbing takeout. Once that habit has taken hold, start a new one.
Take setbacks in stride by looking at your nutrition over the course of a week. Think of healthy eating as a marathon, not a sprint— you’re creating new habits for the long haul. Just keep going; every little change makes you better.
Make it fun by challenging your friends to join you with each new habit or inviting family to find healthy ingredients and recipes to try. To start you off, here are ten links to recipes and ideas from our FitFluential Ambassadors:
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- An entire roundup of quick healthy and fresh meal ideas from Food Faith Fitness
- How to plan healthy eats for the week in just one hour from The Fitnessista
- More tips for meal planning from Authentically Emmie
- Easy, on-the-go soup recipes (to save calories!) from Eat Drink and Be Skinny
- Eat more veggies with these 5 Healthy Green Veggie Recipes from Jo-Lynne Shane
- Keep your eating on track while on the job with these 13 Healthy Office Snacks from Run to the Finish
- How to make freezer Smoothie Packs for quick, easy and nutritious smoothies without the fuss from The Fitnessista
- Plan ahead for healthy breakfast success with these Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal Cups from Run Wiki
- Healthy lunch solution = copycat Starbucks Hearty Salad Bowl recipe from Hungry Healthy Girl
- A roundup of Paleo recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Carrots ‘N Cake
Having the right gear for the job can also go a long way towards supporting your healthy eating habits! Kohl’s has everything you need to #MakeYourMove. These are our current must-haves for a healthy kitchen:
- An immersion blender makes creating your own smoothies and soups— healthy eating staples— a cinch, and takes up less space than a traditional blender. You can also use it to DIY fresh condiments or sauces, giving you more control over the amount of salt and sugar in your diet.
- One healthy habit with a lot of impact is to incorporate veggies into every meal! Lightly steaming adds variety without over-sacrificing flavor or nutritional value; for some vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers) it may actually boost antioxidants. This vegetable steamer works in the microwave or on the stovetop, and is made from flexible silicone so it won’t scratch up your pots and pans.
- Get the kids involved with meal prep and they’ll be much more likely to join you in noshing on the results. Even very young children can tear lettuce and add other veggies to a salad spinner, and then get in a bit of a workout spinning the water out.
- You’ll always want to opt for homemade once you taste the difference fresh herbs make. Grow your own on your windowsill or find them at your market; chop them up easily and uniformly with an herb chopper and then breathe in the heavenly smell. Fresh herbs reward all the senses!
- Know all about the importance of hydration for a happy, well-functioning body but having a hard time breaking a soda addiction or just don’t care for the taste of plain water? The SodaStream carbonates water and you can add SodaStream’s mixes to make your own soda, tea and sparkling drinks. You can also just add a bit of lemon or other juices for a refreshingly fizzy low calorie drink that feels like a treat. Another gadget the kids will love using— and you can feel good about reducing your environmental impact, too.