Making your diet healthier doesn’t have to be super painful and hard.
There are simple clever ways or hacks that can help you achieve a healthier diet while still enjoying foods that taste great.
All you need to do is be a bit smarter about some choices you make and you’re eating much healthier without some crazy sacrificing.
Read on and learn how to make your diet healthier easily
Don’t grocery shop without a list
Going grocery shopping without a list, of course, ends up in buying too many processed foods that you know you shouldn’t eat.
You’re walking around looking at everything and a lot of it is too competing.
But when you have a list all you need to do is look for the stuff that’s on the list put it in a basket and keep walking.
You are being tempted less that way.
And once you get home all you got is the food that you think you should eat.
Consider ordering groceries online if that helps keep you smart about what you buy.
Another tip for food shopping
Never go shopping for food hungry! Always eat before you go grocery shopping.
Be smart about what you drink
Avoid all of the processed juices and sodas and even smoothies.
Instead of plain water drink infused water.
Infused water just means that you add chopped up fruit to your water. It’s also called detox water and here are 7 delicious detox water recipes so that you can have a different one each day of the week.
Why is infused water better?
Fruits you add infuse vitamins minerals into water and even some fiber. So not only you’re hydrating you are getting nutrients as well. And boosting your metabolism for better fat burning.
Instead of juice and sodas drink smoothies.
You want to make your own smoothies so that you can use only healthy ingredients mainly fruits and vegetables.
If you like fizzy drinks go for kombucha or when making infused water you can use sparkling water.
Avoid fried foods
Frying foods just adds too many unnecessary oils to meals. And oils are very high in calories, just one tbsp of any oil is over 100 calories.
Instead of frying, go for baking or steaming. Not only you avoid all of that unnecessary grease, but frying is the least healthy method for preparing food. It destroys more nutrients than baking or steaming.
And when ordering food consider how to meal gets made, and when you can go for steamed, baked or boiled meals instead of fried.
Don’t have your cake but have your dessert
Store-bought cakes and candies are loaded with sugar and a bunch of artificial stuff.
Why have that when in just a few minutes you can make your own healthy dessert.
Here are just a few of my favorite super fast and easy dessert recipes
Raw vegan brownies
Ingredients: 2 cups of walnuts, 2.5 cups of dates, 1 cup cocoa powder. Blend ingredients together and then press into an 8×8 pan and refrigerate.
Vegan PB cookies
Ingredients: 1 cup of natural PB, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of crushed peanuts. Blend pb and maple syrup in a food processor. Now, out of that make about 8 cookies. Top the cookies with crushed peanuts. Bake at 350F for 10 min.
Switch white sugar with healthier sweeteners
Have the occasional treat that you enjoy without worrying about what type of sweetener is in it, but at home, you can totally stop buying sugar and use honey, agave syrup and stevia instead.
These are much healthier but just as or even more sweet than sugar.
It may take some time getting used to a different taste (as anything else) but it’s worth it.
As with anything, it’s best to make the switch gradually. Which means if, for example, you want to drink your coffee with stevia instead of sugar, at first you want to combine sugar and stevia. Then slowly start lowering the amount of sugar you use in the combo until you’re down to just stevia.
Spice it up
Aside from making food taste better, spices have health-boosting properties.
Some of the benefits spices provide can be easier and faster weight loss, better immunity, faster metabolism, sweating more, better brain functioning, detoxification, reducing inflammation and much more…
All spices are good to include in the diet, but probably the best ones would be turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, basil, cayenne pepper, ginger.
The biggest reason for drinking tea are all antioxidants it contains.
But tea has many other benefits as well. Such as keeps you hydrated, lowers stress hormone levels, eases headaches and tension, helps fight insomnia, improves digestion, increases metabolism, improves immunity.
And another great thing, tea has no calories! Unless you add sweeteners, milk and such.
A warm cup of tea is great for metabolism but if you don’t like to drink tea, give ice tea a try.
Ice tea is super refreshing, even those that don’t like tea enjoy it.
And keep in mind that store-bought ice tea is loaded with sugar, so avoid buying. And why buy it when the tea is the easiest thing to make.
Use less salt
Table salt is refined salt. It causes water retention and many other issues. Try to limit your intake. If you’re used to adding a lot to food, start adding less of it but bit by bit. If you just cut out a huge amount right away your food won’t taste good to you and you’re probably just going to go back to adding huge amounts.
You can also switch from table salt to healthier salts available. Unrefined salt is high in essential minerals. Some of these salts are sea salt, Himalayan pink, grey, fleur-de-sel, black salt, red salt, Persian blue.
I personally use Himalayan pink salt as it doesn’t have a crazy price and it tastes the same as sea salt and table salt.
Another great salt you may want to try is smoked salt. It has that delicious smokey flavor. Outside of adding smokey flavor, it’s just regular sea salt.
Cook at home more
It’s really not that hard to cook up a few meals at home. If you can’t cook, learn to make a few simple versatile dishes. As with anything else, it just takes some practice. Learning to make some healthy meals is probably the best gift you can give to yourself.
There are meals you can make in 20 minutes that are totally healthy and, it’s way cheaper to eat that way too.
Have a salad every day
Getting more veggies and fruits is not only healthier it also means less room for other stuff.
Veggies and fruits contain vitamins and minerals which are very important for us to get daily. And provide lots of fiber too.
When you order food you can easily always order a salad as well.
And making a salad at home is super easy. You can find salad recipes here and everywhere else on the Internet.
Another great thing to do is to add apple cider vinegar to the salad.
Who doesn’t love to snack? Probably no one right. That’s why I’m not a fan of diet advice like you need to stop snacking. No one is going to do that.
But what you can do easily is snack smarter.
Check out how to snack for weight loss. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, those are some healthy snack options.
You can always snack on fruits fresh and dried, fruit chips, nuts, cheese.
But you have to watch your portions.
So you want to avoid snacking straight from the packaging. Take out a reasonable portion and put it on a plate or a bowl. And smack your hand when it tries to go grab more from the package.
Eat more probiotic food
Probiotics contain healthy bacteria that improve gut health.
For better digestion, you want to include probiotic-rich foods into your diet. These foods are yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, miso, kombucha, pickles.
Every time you eat you want to sit down unplug yourself from the world and the phone as well and savor every bite you take.
For good digestion, it’s important to chew food well. Food should turn into liquid and go down on its own when you eat.
Eating mindfully makes you enjoy food even more and that is more satisfying.
Have a drink before you eat
Pretty often we mistake thirst for hunger. And believe or not most people are not getting enough water.
Before you’re going to eat your meal, have a glass of water or a cup of tea first.
That way you are making sure you hydrate, leaving less space in the stomach for food and water helps keep everything moving well through the digestive system. It’s a win-win situation.
Plan your meals
Even if you don’t make your own meals at home, you can still plan for what you will eat at every meal. And you should.
Ordering food when already hungry usually ends up in poor choices.
You want to have some protein and some plant food with every meal.
Plan ahead which food you order or buy at the store. It’s a super simple way to be smarter about your food choices.
Supplement your diet
Chances are you’re not getting enough of nutrients from the food you eat.
You can add some supplements to your diet to easily boost up your diet.
When it comes to super powders you can add matcha, turmeric, powdered greens, spirulina, and many others…
For protein, I recommend Gainful (link takes you to Gainful website). Protein is an essential macronutrient and it’s the most satiating food, which means that it keeps you full for the longest.
You can easily add more vitamins and minerals as well.
Counting calories is not for everyone and is pretty annoying.
Many people develop an unhealthy relationship with food when they take things so seriously that they are measuring food and writing down calories.
I’m not a big fan of it. And I don’t find it to be necessary.
So by consider calories I simply mean
think rationally about how much you’re eating.
For example, a slice of a pizza is okay. The whole pizza is not okay simply because it’s too much. Too much of calories that you most likely can’t spend.
Few pieces of chocolate are fine. While chocolate is way too much for one person in one sitting.
That’s how easy it is to think about calories.
But it’s important that you are aware that if you eat whole chocolate bar the world is not going to end and you should never beat yourself up over it.
And be sure that it happens to almost everyone. Most people just like to pretend too much for whatever reason.
We all overeat some times and that’s okay too.
Eat more crunchy food
Food that offers more of a bite keeps you chewing longer which is not only more satisfying, it also gives your brain and stomach time to communicate and to realize when you’re full.
Of course by crunchy food I mean healthier options such as nuts, apples, seeds, fruit chips, rice crackers.
Avoid chips and all that stuff as it’s mostly just empty calories which means you’re adding calories to your daily intake but you’re not getting any nutrients.