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8 Ways to Eat Healthier

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I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier. I’ve been doing alright. There are times where I’ve been tempted and caved in. I’m human afterall. After shifting from a vegan to a vegetarian diet, I’ve noticed that I have way more options now than before. So…yeah. I decided to come up with 8 ways to eat healthier to motivate myself and others to get on the right path. I hope this helps anyone that’s going through this struggle too. ♥

1. Add fruit to your diet

Fruit

Don’t be afraid of sugar. Adding 1-2 servings of fruit into your diet helps to stave off the sugar cravings. Fruit is better and healthier for you. Fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber, while processed sugary junk foods are nutritionless. Fruit is low in fat, low in sodium, and contains no cholesterol. Most fruits are low in calories. Fruits like bananas and apples are portable. You can easily stash them in your bag when you’re in a hurry. They make great healthy snacks when you’re on-the-go!

2. Choose healthier snacks

Popcorn

If you’re having trouble giving up junk food, what you can do is find healthier alternatives. For example, chips. You can make better choices by replacing chips with popcorn. Choose whole grain popcorn that’s less processed. Not the ones that are drenched in lots of oil and loaded with salt. Popcorn makes a healthy, whole-grain low calorie snack. Another good example is ice cream. Choose yogurt over ice cream. The texture may not be the same, but you get the idea. Yogurt contains calcium, protein, and probiotics that are good for digestion. Ice cream, on the other hand, isn’t nutritionally dense.

3. Eat more protein

Bean

Increase your protein intake to stay fuller longer. Protein consists of essential amino acids to maintain, repair, and promote muscle growth (with strength training). Good sources of plant-based proteins are beans, legumes, lentils, peas, tofu, soy milk, whole grains, nut butters, seeds like chia and hemp.

4. Eat healthy fats

Healthy Fats Avocado

Healthy fats from almonds, peanut butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and avocados are good for your health. Healthy fats are good for the heart. It may help lower the risk of heart disease. So it lowers bad cholesterol levels, while increasing good cholesterol levels. Healthy fats fights inflammation in the body, and it may reduce the risk of cancer.

5. Replace soda with water

Water

Choose water over any other beverage when you’re dining out or at home. Water is good for the body and skin. It keeps the skin hydrated from the inside out. Water not only cleanses the body from toxins, but it also keeps fluids in your body balanced. Water helps to lubricate your joints and muscles too. So drink up!

6. Eat your vegetables

Vegetables

Vegetables can be difficult for a lot of people to incorporate into their diet. I’ve heard people say YUCK to vegetables. Well, try your best to add more vegetables into your diet because it’s VERY good for you. It’s good for your body and your skin! What you can do is try to incorporate vegetables into every meal. Boil, sauté, bake your vegetables. Anything you want to do to increase your vegetable intake. Doing this every day will get you into the habit of eating your vegetables. You’ll feel like you’re missing something with your meal when you don’t have your serving of vegetables for the day. Another good way to add vegetables into your diet is making green smoothies. Add spinach, kale, arugula, spring mix into a blender and chug it down! Simple as that! Vegetables are low in calories, rich in antioxidants, with lots of fiber. Vegetables help to maintain healthy blood pressure, reduces the risk of cancer, and are rich sources of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

7. Choose whole grains

Whole Grains

Choose whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, couscous, bulgar over processed grains. Whole grains are packed with nutrition including vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. It may help lower the risk of heart disease and reduce cholesterol levels.

8. Don’t skip breakfast

Breakfast

Eat your breakfast! It’s called ‘breakfast’ for a good reason. You are breaking the fast. Eating breakfast provides nutrition to your mind and body. It helps you to focus and concentrate better. A good healthy breakfast provides you energy to get you through the day! So don’t skip breakfast. If you do, you’ll be ravenous later on in the day.

Good luck! 🙂🙂🙂

Garden of Life & Raw Rev Protein Bars

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Garden of Life Raw Rev Protein Bars
Garden of Life & Raw Rev Protein Bars

I have more protein bars to share!

  1. Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bar (Chocolate Covered Cherry)
  2. Raw Rev Glo (Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt)

Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bar (Chocolate Covered Cherry)

Garden of Life Cherry
Garden of Life Chocolate Covered Cherry

I’ve tried Garden of Life High Protein Weight Loss Bar before. At one point, I was addicted to them, haha. This time, I have Chocolate Covered Cherry. It’s a new flavor to me. This is what I think about it.

My Review:

These are the blandest protein bars out there. They don’t taste like what it’s called Chocolate Covered Cherry. Just a hint of that flavor. It’s barely there. They are soft in texture. Somewhat similar to a brownie, which I like. Even though they are bland, I really do like these. They make a satisfying treat that’s low in sugar. There’s only 1 gram of sugar (0 grams of added sugar) per bar. That’s why these protein bars are tasteless. Each bar contains 200 calories with 14 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber.

Do I recommend these? Once again, they are satisfying. I do enjoy having them early in the morning with my breakfast or alone. Since they contain Green Coffee Bean Extract, it wakes me up quickly. But, I realize that I am very sensitive to caffeine. I get really hyper when I consume caffeine, lol. That’s why I don’t drink coffee with caffeine as much anymore. I choose decaf whenever possible. These protein bars (to me) are very addicting due to the caffeine in it, so I only purchase them once after a couple of months for a nice low sugar, high protein snack. Yes, I would recommend them if you can handle a snack that’s bland.

Ingredients:

Organic soluble tapioca fiber‚ organic vegetable glycerin‚ organic pea protein‚ organic almonds‚ organic chocolate coating (organic cacao nibs‚ organic erythritol‚ organic tapioca fiber‚ organic cocoa butter‚ natural licorice flavor‚ organic stevia extract (leaf)‚ organic sunflower lecithin‚ organic vanilla bean extract)‚ organic pea crisps (organic pea protein‚ organic starch)‚ organic sprouted brown rice protein‚ organic cacao‚ organic acacia fiber‚ organic tart cherry‚ organic carob‚ organic flavor‚ organic svetol® green coffee bean extract‚ organic ashwagandha‚ sea salt‚ organic cinnamon.

Raw Rev Glo (Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt)

Raw Rev Mixed Caramel Sea Salt
Raw Rev Mixed Caramel Sea Salt

Remember Raw Rev Glo Protein Bars? One of my favorite flavors is Mixed Nuts, Caramel, & Sea Salt. This is what I think about them now.

My Review:

I still feel the same way as I did before in my last review. It’s healthy and tasty at the same time. It’s filling too. This protein bar makes it feel like I’m eating a candy bar. I would definitely purchase these again soon. 🙂

Ingredients:

Raw Rev Nutty Superfood Blend (raw cashews, peanuts, raw almonds, pea protein, organic brown rice protein, raw organic hemp protein, raw organic virgin coconut oil, raw organic chia seeds, raw organic sprouted flax seeds) isomalto-oligosaccharides (prebiotic fiber from tapioca), organic Italian dark chocolate chips (cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), pea protein crisps, natural flavors, organic brown rice syrup, sea salt.

Have you tried any of these protein bars? Did you like them? 🙂

Love, Jen

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