GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Eating healthy is something we should all do, but sometimes it seems so much harder than just picking up a fast food dinner on the way home from work. To make things a little easier, you can make some simple changes to what you eat and it makes your day a bit more healthy. 

Gina Ferwerda from Nomnews.com and the author of Meals from the Mitten has some trends you can try in 2019. 

  1. Celery Juice. It's getting big this year. 
  2. Collagen Peptides. You can add them to your morning coffee! 
  3. Swapping pasta for veggies. Spiralize zucchini, use cauliflower rice, and even veggie tots rather than potatoes. 
  4. Meal prepping. If it's all ready for you, how can you say no? 
  5. Cut down on the alcohol. If you don't participate in Dry January, you can use sparkling water and fruit in your wine to reduce the number of calories. 

You can read Gina's full blog post about these tips here

Gina also whipped up a Veggie Tot Brunch Bake to show just how easy it is to swap out some of those not good for you foods for better ones. 

Ingredients:

  • 2  (16-ounce) bags veggie tots (cauliflower or broccoli)
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 8 eggs 
  • 1 cup 1% milk 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, seeded, peeled, and diced 
  • Fresh basil 
  • Drizzle with harissa or your favorite hot sauce

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook veggie tots according to package and set aside. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a greased 9x13 casserole dish, add the cooked veggie tots and then add the diced ham. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour over the tots and then add the cheese. 
  4. Bake breakfast casserole at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until eggs are cooked. Top with diced tomatoes and avocados, then add fresh basil and hot sauce to finish.

Mackenzie is a producer at 13 ON YOUR SIDE. 

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