Try these tricks
Let’s face it: dieting can be difficult. We realize that it’s unrealistic to totally restrict yourself from having your favorite foods. That’s why we rely on portion control and healthier alternatives to our favorite junk foods.
These alternatives and tricks can help turn your unhealthy foods healthy!
- Eat energy bars sweetened with dates. You can also look for ones with dried cherries, prunes or other dried fruits. Granola and energy bars are sneaky sources of sugar and other additives. Making your own homemade granola bars can also add iron and fiber to your diet!
- Bake your fries. French fries and potato chips are easily one of our biggest weaknesses. Instead of indulging in these sodium and saturated fat-filled foods, consider making your own from a variety veggies. Sweet potato chips, kale chips and salted edamame are all great alternatives that will still fix your salt craving!
- Make your own ice cream. For that sweet craving, it’s surprisingly easy to make your own healthier ice cream with just a blender. One of our favorite recipes uses only frozen bananas, coconut milk, peanut butter and cocoa powder.
- Juice your fruits and veggies. Fruit juices can be a big culprit of having too much sugar, and you may not even realize how much you’re drinking! Instead, use a juicer to experiment with different fruit and veggie combinations. You can easily increase your water intake with refreshing fruit-infused water.
- Bake meats. When cooking meats, try to bake them as much as possible instead of frying or breading. You should also remove the skin, as this can help cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol. When choosing meats, look for lean cuts or white meat. Make sure you also trim the fat before cooking it!
- Up your spice game. Instead of salt, use spices like garlic, oregano or cinnamon to bring more flavor to your dish! With no added calories or sodium, you’ll also lower your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
What tricks do you use to make your meals healthier?