Healthy eating has become a frequent topic of conversation, but there’s still a lot of misinformation out there. A healthier lifestyle shouldn’t be the unappealing, unreachable goal it’s often considered. Here are some of the truths and myths about living a healthy lifestyle.
MYTH: You Should Avoid Sugar at All Costs
While, yes, avoiding sugar is helpful, it doesn’t mean anything with sugar in it should be ignored. What you should be looking out for is added sugar. Naturally occurring sugar should still be eaten in moderation, but it’s entirely different than foods packed with added sugar. Sugary snacks, including candy and certain baked goods, are great every once and a while, but the additional sugar found in them can add up.
TRUTH: The Sugar in Fruits are Worth It
Don’t let the fear of sugar stop you from eating fruits! Fruits contain vitamins and nutrients, they taste great, and the sugar content is typically not very high. Fruit juices aren’t as healthy as whole fruit and that’s an important distinction. Snacking on whole fruits instead of juices keeps you fuller for longer, in addition to having added nutritional benefits like fiber. For example, Fuel For Fire’s smoothies include real fruit, which means you’ll get the full nutritional value making it perfect after a workout or on your way to work.
MYTH: Eating Healthy is Hard
Eating better isn’t any more challenging than the average lifestyle. Depending on certain choices, including how much you eat out versus how often you cook a full meal, it can take slightly more effort. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it! There are so many healthy meals that are quick and easy.
Plus, even if your favorite meal isn’t “healthy,” there’s probably a healthier way to make it. If you love pasta, try using one made of chickpeas. There’s also cauliflower crust pizza, which still tastes great, but is much better for you.
TRUTH: Eating Healthy is Convenient and Easy
Even if you’re typically rushing and on-the-go, there are plenty of healthy options you’ll love. Restaurants focused on healthy food are becoming more and more common, making it easy to stop for a quick bite while running errands. If you’d rather not eat out, prepping food for the week makes it easy to have dinner prepared in no time!
Snacking is often the downfall of trying to eat better, but just like restaurants, healthy snacking options are everywhere now. Need a snack in the morning on your way back from a workout? Try the Fuel For Fire Coffee Smoothie for a portable energy boost and 11g of protein!
MYTH: A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Taste Good
Eating healthy has gotten a bad reputation as only consisting of bland salads and vegetables. Not only are there delicious tasting salad options, but there are also endless possibilities for healthy eating. Researching a healthier lifestyle turns up food options that will surprise you given the common myth regarding how unappetizing healthy food is. Every meal—including snacks—has countless refreshing and delicious options.
TRUTH: A Healthy Diet Includes Every Flavor!
Whether you have a sweet tooth or are just a picky eater, there’s no need to worry. You won’t have to pick between your favorite flavors and healthy foods. No matter your favorite type of cuisine, making small changes can make your favorite dishes more nutritious. Try substituting common ingredients with their healthier alternatives as a first step towards healthy eating.
Check out Fuel for Fire’s Variety Pack to try each delicious flavor including strawberry banana, banana cocoa, tropical, mixed berry, coffee, and sweet potato apple. Use the store locator to find Fuel For Fire products in stores or shop from the website!