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5 Tips to Simplify Your Nutrition

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Complicated recipes, overflowing grocery carts, and nightly cooking can be roadblocks to healthy eating. Simplifying your nutrition-related tasks can help improve your diet and ease your stress. Use the tips below to start eating healthier today.

1. Give your kitchen a makeover.

As part of your spring cleaning routine, pay special attention to your kitchen. It's the perfect time to get rid of unhealthy options and take inventory or what you have and what you're missing. Toss processed foods and go shopping for whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and veggies. Read "Spring Clean Your Kitchen—and Your Diet" for more tips.

2. Cook in bulk.

Plan your meals, shop for ingredients, and cook once or twice a week instead of every night to save time. Foods that are easy to make in large batches include chicken, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, tomato sauces, stir-fries, and hearty veggie casseroles. Browse our recipe library for more ideas.

3. Buy healthy convenience foods.

Make snacking easier by stocking up on prepared foods that give you the nutrients you need. Lara or EAS bars, individually-packed nuts, and cut fruit and veggies are a few good options. With these healthy options on hand, you'll be less likely to give into unhealthy cravings.

4. Make healthier choices when eating out.

If you're in a bind and need something on the go, opt for salads with tons of veggies topped with a protein, sandwiches on 100% whole wheat bread or tortillas, items with beans or brown rice, and naturally-brewed green teas. For more healthy tips, read "7 Rules for Eating Clean When You Eat Out."

5. Sign up for a delivery service.

If you find yourself eating out a lot and you don't have the time to spend in the kitchen, consider a meal delivery service. For a similar amount of money to what you spend eating out, you can have balanced, nutritious meals delivered right to your doorstep.

About The Author

Amanda Carlson-Phillips – Amanda Carlson-Phillips is the vice president of nutrition and research at EXOS. As a registered dietitian, she has provided educational seminars and individual counseling to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations.

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