If the idea of trying to eat healthier seems overwhelming (where do you even begin?), shift your mindset to think small instead. Sam Kass (left, with me), White House chef and Executive Director of Let's Move!, shared this encouraging advice when I chatted with him at the 's Scientific Sessions: "You don't have to overhaul everything at once. A few small changes can go a long way."
Here are three of Sam's super-simple tips you can use today to kick-start a heart-boosting lifestyle:
1. Move your fruit. Put it out in the open in a visible place, like the kitchen counter. If you shove produce into the back of a drawer in your fridge, there's a good chance you'll forget about it.
(Out of sight, out of mind.) Place it in a highly trafficked, easy-to-reach spot to up your chances of chowing down.
2. Opt for nuts. Snack-time can be the downfall of good eating intentions, because it's usually when you mindlessly start to load up on salty or sweet snacks. To prevent this reaction, keep nuts on hand. They'll satisfy your savory cravings, and are packed with fiber and heart-healthy fats.
3. Drink more water. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it's worth the reminder. Swapping water for soda or other sugary drinks throughout the day is an easy way to stop drinking empty liquid calories. (That's why Kass and First Lady Michelle Obama launched the campaign, which encourages Americans to drink more water.)
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