14 Delicious Healthy Eating Tricks You Have Got To Try – #7 Is At The Top Of Our List!
When it comes to eating healthily, we can always learn a few new tips and tricks. Whether it’s a method of cooking (because you know frying in oil really is not going to help!), adding more vegetables to your diet, using up what’s in your fridge and pantry, or swapping healthy substitutes for the luscious ingredients, your body, mind & soul will thank you later – not to mention your waistline!
#1 Piña Colada Green Smoothies
Believe it or not, you can make green smoothies taste more tropical than imaginable. If you mix spinach or kale with fresh pineapple, coconut milk/water and flakes you’ll create quite the healthy, tasty smoothie. So… “if you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain!”
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#2 Banana Choc Chip Ice Cream Bites
These little bites are made of only two ingredients that will easily satisfy your sweet tooth. Slice and freeze your very ripe bananas (the blacker on the outside, the sweeter on the inside), take them back out, blend then mix in chocolate chips, spoon into a mini muffin tin and refreeze.
Photo: The Baker Mama
#3 Sweet Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
It’s an easy peasy trick, but you might not have realized it. Adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to cut up strawberries and letting them rest for at least 30 minutes will sweeten them up, and soften them too. You could even add a teaspoon of sugar or honey and…pepper (yup!) to the mix to really spice things up.
#4 Homemade Banana Chips
Snacking is made easy with these homemade baked banana chips, with added cinnamon for extra tastiness. They’re also high in Vitamin C, which is definitely a plus, and are a great morning oats topping.
#5 Eggs & Tomatoes for Breakfast
Step up your fruit/veg game at breakfast with this fun twist on the morning egg. Cut off the top of the tomato, scoop out its insides without breaking the walls, pop an egg and bake!
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#6 Protein Balls made easy
Whether or not you’re a gym bunny, protein balls should be embraced by everyone. They’re basically little nuggets of energy that will help your daily appetite & routine. There are plenty of versions to try, but this simple no-bake recipe is a great starter.
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#7 Leftovers for Breakfast
If there’s one thing my mama taught me, it’s that leftovers & rice make for a great breakfast with a fried egg on top! Whether you had a fried rice, couscous, quinoa, bulgur, etc. last night, reuse them with a little heat up and a fresh fried egg on top and voila!
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#8 Grilling is your new best friend
When it comes to methods of cooking, grilling is one of the healthiest as it means you’re not adding extra oil to your food and keep its nutrients by not overboiling either. There are plenty of great ways to grill without needing to take the BBQ out from the cobwebs – just make sure your smoke alarm works!
Photo: Brian Woodcock
#9 Stock up on frozen & canned veg
It might seem foolish to have to mention it, but frozen & canned vegetables are time savers. Most frozen vegetables only take a matter of a few minutes to cook up too. Spinach, peas, broccoli, sweetcorn and green beans are amongst the best to have on hand, and are great for adding to salads too. Pulses (kidney beans, butter beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc.) and even baked beans are a necessity for vegetarians as well as adding colour to your plate.
#10 Turn black bananas into a tasty bake
We have all been guilty of buying bananas and then forgetting about them until they’re black. Just don’t throw them out! As mentioned above, the blacker on the outside, the sweeter they are on the inside. Turn them into a tasty bake (is it a cake or bread??) with walnuts, pecans or even chocolate chips.
#11 Courgetti, Squash Spaghetti
You’ve surely heard of the phenomenon that is courgetti – spaghetti shaped courgette. But what about squash spaghetti? This is a nifty way to eat yet another vegetable and a great alternative to pasta too. What’s more – you don’t need a spiralizer, just a fork and a lot of patience!
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#12 Raw and Cold Vegetables
Many of us have personal goals when it comes to our diet and eating healthy. If what you’re after is to cut out calories and portion-control, avoid warm vegetables that will shrink when cooked. Spinach leaves are a big one here, as they’re twice their size when raw; lettuce is a big salad that needs to be crunched down too; mushrooms, tomatoes and peppers also shrink once cooked and especially so when sautéed.
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#13 Swap Chocolate for Peanut Butter
If you’re a weekend pancake fiend who loves spreading Nutella all over and licking the knife too (guilty!), then swap the chocolatey goodness for peanut butter instead. Although Nutella isn’t overly unhealthy in small doses, peanut butter has more healthy protein, fat, and vitamins. If you still want that chocolate fix, add some chips or chopping dark chocolate.
Photo: Pretty. Simple. Sweet.
#14 Yogurt Lasagna
If you love a good hearty dinner at the end of a long day, lasagna is probably an absolutely delectable one. But as we know, a classic lasagna al forno is packed with not-so-healthy ingredients that may leave us sluggish. Switch it up with lean mince, natural yogurt and reduced/low fat cheese to give the same great taste with a lighter finish.