How to eat healthy: Start with a simple grocery list
Eating out can seem like the only option when you’re strapped for time, but cooking at home (and knowing exactly what you’re putting in your mouth) is one of the best ways to lose weight and stay healthy. Nutritionist Maya Eid of Toronto’s Fit Factory Fitness gives her clients tons of tips for making cooking at home as easy as possible. One of them is keeping your grocery list super simple: “I suggest choosing your four favourite vegetables, four grains or starches and two proteins” and rotating through them. That way your trip to the grocery store is quick and you might not even need a list! To add variety, simply change up your sauces and spices.
Eid has a few favourite items that she always purchases: berries (especially frozen for making smoothies), Greek yogurt, two grains or starches for the week (like quinoa, brown rice, chickpeas or sweet potatoes) and chicken or salmon.
She also avoids packaged products like granola bars and protein cereals that seem healthy but are full of sugar. “Just have a piece of fruit with nut butter instead,” she says.