We have a friend who's living in Korea, and what he misses most about America is the food—but not the comforting standbys you might expect. What he craved the most when he asked for a care package from home was salsa and hummus (healthy), sour cream and onion potato chips and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (not so healthy). That kind of sums it up for most of us.
We don't thrive on fruits and veggies alone. We also crave junk, which makes it hard to always choose the right foods. Among the top reasons over 1,000 ShopSmart readers had for not eating healthy was that "life is too short." In our recent eating poll recipients also said they want to enjoy what they eat. Social settings and eating out present too many diet-undoing temptations. Some admitted that healthy foods really don't satisfy their appetites, while others confessed that unhealthy habits are just too hard to change.
For our June issue, on newsstands now, we took all of your excuses for not eating healthy to nutrition experts who counsel clients on these issues every day. And the good news is that there's a diet fix for pretty much every excuse you can think of.
No time to cook? Try time-saving convenience foods that meet our experts' health criteria (you'll find dozens of easy, heat and heat choices in our June issue). You can also check out recipe websites like foodily.com for tasty, quick-to-fix five-ingredient recipes.
Eating out is too tempting? Hit the Web before you go, and check out the restaurant's menu. Many big chains—including Panera Bread, P.F. Chang’s, Olive Garden—list calories for every entrée offered so you can decide what you're having ahead of time. If you're going to a local hot spot, stick to grilled, baked, and broiled entrees and skip the fatty stir-fries and sauce-laden dishes. Or order the sauce on the side—this advice holds for salads as well as entrées.
You'll find many more tips and tricks for overcoming just about any obstacle you can think of that's keeping you from eating right in our June issue, on newsstands now.