Fitness Friday: Try It, You'll Like It

Easy Tips to Eat Better
Guest Blogger: Kristin Wells

Striving to eat healthy is not always on the forefront of everyone's mind. However, it is so easy to get into the habit of making healthier choices when you snack. Simply substituting ingredients that do not necessarily carry much or any nutritional value for others that do is a fine way to eat healthier and improve your overall health for the whole family.


Fries are a very common favorite snack or side dish, but they aren't very healthy when you get them at a fast food restaurant or a diner. A great
alternative that is much healthier is to make your very own fries at home. Slice a fresh sweet potato into appropriate pieces and simmer them on the stove top in two teaspoons of olive oil. This is much better than the typically deep fried version you will get outside of your home because these won’t be laden with fatty oil. You can lightly sprinkle table salt on the fries when they're done, dip them in ketchup or simply enjoy them as is!


Smoothies are a favorite for many people during the summer. They are delicious and keep you cool simultaneously. There are alternatives to your local coffee or smoothie shop to purchase a smoothie that is laden with tons of sugar and other substances that aren't good for you, such as artificial coloring and flavoring. Instead, you can shop for fresh fruit at your local grocery or health food store and also put some of it in the freezer to save. Mixing the frozen fruit with some soy or almond milk in a blender is a great way to make your own homemade smoothie that is healthier and delicious. Fresh fruit smoothies are often used during the treatment of
sarcomatoid mesothelioma during chemotherapy because it is an easy food to digest and gives them all the nutrients they need.

Healthy Snacking

Salty snacks are a typical snack that is favored by many Americans. However, potato chips, corn chips, cheese crackers and the like are certainly not healthy, and they contain plenty of calories with no nutritional value. A great alternative that is much healthier is popcorn that you can make yourself at home. While this is usually not seen as being healthy, popcorn is much better and is actually made from corn, which is a vegetable. You could coat the plain popcorn in peanut butter and honey to add flavor and some nutritional value to it. Regular butter should be avoided, although a sprinkle of salt is acceptable.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible. Kristin often collaborates on Curious Mind Musings.

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