That feeling when….. it’s March and you’re killing your 2018 goals and it’s Nutrition Month! We know you’ve probably got it all #perfectlybalanced, but we thought we’d put together a quick list of our fave tips for leading your best nutritious life. We hope these 5 simple tips take your nutrition game from great to amazing.
DRINK WATER (DUH)
Did you know that staying hydrated through the day with water can help your muscles and joints be more optimized, keep your skin supple and cleanse your body from the inside and out? Yep, our bodies aren’t 50-75% water for nothing. Water is basically what keeps you looking and feeling your best, and the good news is as long as you pace yourself you can’t over do it. If you know that you’re one of those people who forgets to hydrate, we suggest trying one of these hydration reminder apps. You’ll want to make sure you hydrate with the best possible water, CORE is pH Balanced to be aligned with your body’s optimal pH of 7.4. A balanced body works better – mentally, physically and all around. So drink up!
ORGANIC OR NAH?
Buying organic is super important for a lot of reasons, but we know it’s not in everyone’s budget. Not only that, depending on where you live it may be challenging to find quality organic products. Well, the Environmental Working Group has a shopping guide to pesticides that identifies produce that have the lowest pesticide residue, called the Clean 15. The list includes some faves like avocados, pineapple and eggplant! It’s also important to be mindful about selecting Organic beverages. It’s easy to fill your cart with a myriad of Organic fruits and veggies, only to toss in a drink with ingredients that don’t align with your plans. All six of our Core Organic flavors are USDA certified Organic to hydrate the body with a kick of fruit flavor.
CUT THE SUGAR
When was the last time you read an ingredients label? Ok, dumb question – we know it was like 2 minutes ago or something, but did you ever notice how sugar is added to pretty much everything? Even to stuff that doesn’t need it, like bread. The American Heart Association recommends we consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. If you’re paying attention, you know you could blaze through that in one cup of coffee. We suggest being mindful about your sugar intake and switching to low calorie options like CORE Organic. With only 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar it’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and (BONUS) it has antioxidants to help protect your body from damaging free radicals. Hello, beautiful skin and healthy body.
MEAL PREP YOUR LIFE
We know, finding the time and the right recipes may sound daunting, but if you can carve out a few hours, once a week to dedicate to meal prep, it will save you time later and you’ll be hitting your food intake goals without having to think about it on the daily. We suggest investing in good containers and making food in large batches – if you have left overs just freeze them for next week or later. Some thought starters: season two batches of chicken with different spices on each and then bake at the same time on the same pan, or roast different vegetables with the same cooking time on the same pan. It’s all about finding hacks that work for the food you want to eat each week.
DON’T GET CRAZY
Ok, we know meal prep is only going to take you so far. We all love to eat out once in a while, but after all the work you put into staying hydrated, avoiding sugar and doing your meal prep you don’t want to throw it all away on one Friday night out. At the same time, know that you don’t have to live an all or nothing way of life. Eating one burger isn’t going to ruin 3 months of 2018’s progress. Make mindful choices, and remember that it’s a lifestyle and never a diet or quick fix.