February Wellness Blog

5 Simple Switches to Help You Fall in Love with Eating Right

One quick google search of “eating right” pulls up several resources and information about foods to enjoy, foods to avoid, and lifestyle switches to live healthier and longer. However, that can be overwhelming with the number of information and misinformation out there. With the power of Morrison Living’s nutrition and wellness teams, our residents don’t have to do the legwork in figuring out how to “eat right”. In fact, eating right is easier than you might think. With the help of our dietitians, here are some simple switches that you can make in your everyday life.

Satisfy salt cravings with nuts instead of potato chips. The salty satisfaction that comes from enjoying a bag of potato chips is sometimes too big to be ignored. However, those crispy chips can come with unwanted ingredients like saturated and trans-fat and refined carbohydrates. Ingredients like these can increase your risk of coronary heart disease and spike blood sugar. Nuts are one of our superfoods: a great alternative that offers protein, vitamins, fiber, and beneficial fats that are thought to help protect us from a variety of chronic illnesses.

Benefit using bubbles from seltzers, not sodas. When you’re looking for a flavorful beverage to enjoy with the crisp satisfaction of bubbles, opt for a seltzer instead of a sugary soda. Adding flavors of lemons, limes, blueberries, or other fruits like our teams have done showcasing the Fizzyology promotion give the flavors of sodas without the sugary syrups.

Introduce your sweet tooth to dark chocolate. While many sweet treats taste great, they get their irresistible flavors from ingredients that should be resisted due to trans fats and high sugars. Dark chocolate is a different desert with an antioxidant boost and several flavonoids. Flavonoids have been shown to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and reduce other risk factors for heart disease. One of Morrison Living’s superfoods, dark chocolate packs a mighty punch of nutrients.

Curb carbs with cauliflower. Substitute the carbs in your dish with different versions of cauliflower. Versatile, full of fiber, and low-carb, cauliflower is the perfect substitute for rice, mashed potatoes, or pizza crust.

Utilize Meatless Mondays. No matter the day of the week, swapping one day’s meats for plant-based proteins can provide several benefits. Plant-based diets can promote heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol. Simple plant-based protein substitutes include tofu, black beans, and chickpeas.

Our nutrition and wellness team makes it easy for our residents to make healthier choices by incorporating a number of simple switches on menus. Learn more about our nutrition and wellness offerings!