It happens to the best of us: We aim to meal prep and eat healthy foods, but those resolutions don’t actually become lifestyle changes.
Whether you’re figuring out how to be less wasteful, want easy ways to make meal prepping easier or you’re getting ready to run your first marathon, there are plenty of small lifestyle tweaks you can make to stay on track all year.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, never fear: We sent messages to some of the top nutritionists, registered dietitians and wellness experts to find out the products and tools they rely on.
Take a look below at their 10 recommendations:
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Portable containers, so you’ll actually enjoy bringing your lunch to work.
We’re all guilty of pulling out a #saddesklunch. But with the right to-go containers, your squished sandwich or over-dressed salad will be a thing of the past. Dietitian and blogger Abigail Kinnear uses OXO glass containers to pack her midday meal. “I recommend making hearty plant-based salads full of whole grains and plant protein, such as beans, chickpeas and lentils,” she said. “These can be made in advance and keep well in the fridge for the work week ahead.” Get them on Amazon.
A glowing water bottle so you never forget to take a sip.
Dietitian Anne Mauney said sustainable health habits are about adding rather than subtracting: “Rather than focusing on what to limit/avoid to stay healthy, instead think about what you can add for better health.” One thing you can always add to your diet is more water. This smart water bottle from Hydrate Spark syncs with your smartphone and fitness tracker to monitor just how much water you’re consuming. Get it on Amazon.
A probiotic, to keep your whole body in check.
Probiotics were one of the buzzwords of last year, and for good reason. Probiotics are the good types of bacteria that can help boost immunity and aid in digestion. We all know that when our body feels “off” or “in a funk,” the likelihood of sticking with our planned healthy eating routine goes awry. Dietitian Keri Gans recommends the MegaFood Digestive Health Shelf-Stable Probiotic to support daily digestive health. Get it on Amazon.
A dinner plate that will balance your meals for you.
Remember the cafeteria plates you used as a kid? That food may not have been the healthiest, but the idea of dividing your plate can help you stay on track. “The easiest way to maintain the right balance is to ‘visualize macros,’” said dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Using a divided plate like this one allows you to portion out a little protein, some whole grains and lots of vegetables. Add some healthy fats, like avocado or olive oil, for a truly wholesome meal. Get it on Amazon.
A snack bar, to keep you full and satisfied.
It’s important to remember that eating but snacks are not off-limits. “Snacks are important to help stabilize your blood sugars in between meals and ensure you never go too long without food,” said dietitianBari Stricoff. She recommended portable foods such as an Rx Bar, which is free of unnecessary fillers and only contains real, wholesome ingredients like egg whites, nuts and dates. Get them on Amazon.