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How To TikTok Your Way Into Healthy Eating Choices

Eating is hard. That’s just the truth in today’s world of diets and trends. Knowing what to eat and what not to eat, what one can afford to eat, or what we consider ‘healthy’ is exhausting.

The pandemic has made us all lazy. It is much easier to order our food or just eat what we have eaten throughout our childhood. But when we pull out our microwaveable mac and cheese, we feel guilty that this is not good for us. We feel like we should be eating something healthy. So we look into diets that only stay around for short periods and do not actually give us the nutrients to be functional human beings.

To make matters worse, we scroll through social media to see people post pictures of healthy recipes that feel like a burden to make in today’s busy world. If you are looking for answers on having a healthy, shameless diet, look no further than Steph Grasso (@stephgrassodietitian) on Tik Tok.

Steph Grasso is a Registered Dietitian that promotes attainable and practical, healthy eating habits through her Tik Tok page. With 1.8 million followers and 17.9 million likes, she has reached an enormous audience. She discourages diets for being unsustainable and for providing harmful nutrition advice. She debunks food myths and gives tips on healthy eating habits, healthy snacks, weight loss, meal planning, and so much more. Here are just a few of the tips from her page that are easy for anyone to implement into their eating habits.

Staple Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen:

The first staple is a meal base. These bases can include whole grains such as brown rice, farro, whole-wheat pasta, couscous, etc. Next is a protein like eggs, beans (bag or canned), or any kind of meat. Then make sure to have some frozen veggies, which are just as nutritious as fresh veggies, for an easy-to-make side. Finally, a healthy fat such as pesto, hemp seeds, olive oils, nuts, etc. Having staple foods in your kitchen can help when you’re trying to answer the question, “What can I make for dinner?”

Meal Planning/Prepping:

Meal planning either works really great for people, or it doesn’t. If you’re anything like me, you struggle to make a meal plan, especially when you are eating the same thing repeatedly. Steph has three simple steps that I have started implementing that have totally changed how I view meal prepping.

She starts on Friday, finding four recipes that share a lot of similar ingredients and can generate a lot of leftovers. Create a grocery list for the week using those ingredients and then go grocery shopping the next day. On Sunday, prep carbs and veggies for the week. Then, you’re set. Everything is ready for you to assemble your meals throughout the week easily.

Drink More Water:

Remembering to drink water is hard and wanting to drink water is also hard. In order to keep up with healthy water habits, first, try drinking water out of a straw. Why? Because it’s easier to drink anything out of a straw, and you will naturally just drink more. Next, make drinking water aesthetically pleasing. Add fruit such as lemon, cucumbers, strawberries, or whatever you want. Finally, try mixing sparkling water with something like V8 or kombucha. Find what works for you, and drink it.

@stephgrassodietitian

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Steph Grasso is one Tik Toker you need to know about. If you are trying to eat your way to a healthy lifestyle, she is the go-to girl for you. Some of her other videos include trying and rating viral Tik Tok foods, taking Dino Nuggets or Hamburger Helper and turning it into a balanced meal, making restaurant orders more balanced, choosing healthy snacks, giving workout inspiration, using trendy diet slander, and so much more. She is the positive, encouraging, energetic, and informative dietitian that everyone should be following.

Sydney is a sophomore at Penn State University majoring in Telecommunications with a minor in Information Sciences and Technology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, sports, and discovering new places to visit.
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