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Matchstick Challenge #9!
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Ladies and other ladies, (reader survey says my readers are 98% female) it is time for another challenge! Last week’s posts were really great, and I’ve actually turned them it into a running feature. I’ve posted some “Is It Really Healthy?” posts on this page right here, and will keep updating the list with new reviews that I write and receive from you! Visit the page to find out to have your review featured.
This weeks challenge is another “do” challenge. The last two you could pretty much do from your computer if you wanted to (or even yell from the couch and have a computer or hired slave type down your words for you), but not this week!
This week’s challenge is to make healthy choices more accessible. Think about the reason you eat chips, or candy, or a sugary protein bar.
It’s easy. It’s right there. You can grab it and take a bite in less than five seconds. When I’m hungry, I’m hungry right then, and I want to eat right away (probably why there aren’t any elaborate recipes on this page—I am almost admirably impatient.)
To grab something like, a handful of grapes, you have to get the grapes out, deal with those weird bags they come in, wash them, and put them in a bowl. To get some carrots? You have to get them, peel them, cut them, whatever. It takes work, and when you’re hungry and want something right away, you’re probably going to skip all of that in favor of something quicker (and probably less healthy.)
So this week, let’s flip the tables and make healthy food a little more accessible! Cut up fruits and veggies and have them all ready to go in a container in the fridge. Maybe make a couple mixes, like a container of carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower and sugar snap peas. You could get a little dish with some hummus or something to dip in them all ready and in the container with them, so that’s one less thing you have to do when the time comes. Make eating fresh & healthy foods easy on yourself by taking a few minutes right now.
You could also try to bring healthy snacks or lunches with you, instead of buying them at school or work. I would almost never buy something from a vending machine unless I was super hungry and that was the only thing around. I’ve caved before and went through a drive though just because I didn’t have something healthy with me and I wanted to eat right then. If you have a [healthy!] protein bar, bag of veggies, banana or wrap with you, you can eat that whenever you get hungry, instead of getting junk.
See how many healthy choices you make by making nutritious food more available!
Tag it with matchstickchallenge and link up to this post when you’re done, and maybe do all of these things too. [I’ll stop bossing you now, I guess. Maybe.]