HEALTHY EATING HACKS FOR THE NEW YEAR
When it comes to revamping a diet or moving towards a healthy lifestyle, most people start to think about all of the things they shouldn’t be doing, but I think of a healthy lifestyle the opposite way. I don’t think ‘I shouldn’t eat these things’, instead I think ‘I should add more of these healthy things to my diet’. It’s so easy to become obsessed with cutting things out, but I urge you to add things in instead. Let healthy food become a part of your life and the foods that you shouldn't be eating will naturally start to decrease.
Coming into the New Year I know that a lot of you will have resolutions surrounding your health which is wonderful, so to help you add to your diet, instead of subtract from your diet, I’ve put together a list of health hacks that will take your nutrition to a whole new level.
Here are 6 Healthy Eating Hacks for the New Year.
You eat what you see
Whether your goal is to eat more veggies, to lose or gain weight, or to stop snacking on pre-packaged food, it’s important to remember that you eat what you see. Keep the foods that you want to eat where you can actually see them. Keep your greens in clear containers at eye level in your refrigerator. Keep your fruit bowl on a counter top that you walk past every day. If you have food in your house that you don’t want to be reaching for, hide it in the back of the pantry. Keep your good foods within reach and you’ll be more likely to eat them.
Make water fun
Most of us aren’t drinking enough water, and it’s usually because there is something much more tempting to reach for. Keep a water jug in your refrigerator and add seasonal fruits and herbs, like watermelon, mint and cucumber, to give it a more exciting flavour. Before you go to bed, brew some tea and let it chill over night so you’ll have iced tea to sip on the next day. Add a squeeze of lime and liquid stevia to soda water for a bubbly, healthy soda. Make water something that you look forward to drinking.
Add seeds to your diet
Seeds offer antioxidants and phytonutrients that can be hard to find it other foods, yet most people don’t consume seeds on a regular basis. Seeds are so easy to add to any meal to up it’s nutrient density. Whether I’m cooking rice, making a salad or cooking bolognese, a handful of seeds goes into every meal I make. I highly recommend keeping sunflower, hemp, pumpkin, sesame and chia seeds on hand as they contain a wide and complex variety of micro-nutrients. They have very little flavour so they’re easy to sneak into foods. I also love making a bircher muesli out of seeds, coconut and yoghurt, similar to this one by Loni Jane.
Up your antioxidants
Antioxidants help every cell in your body to stay healthy. They are a critical part of blood health, body system function and brain function. Blueberries, 80%+ dark chocolate, pecans, kidney beans, blackberries and coriander are among the highest antioxidant foods. Adding them into your diet on a daily basis will boost your cellular health immensely. The highest source of antioxidant on the planet is Ningxia Red, a Young Living superfood drink that everyone in my house drinks daily, ask me how you can get it too.
Lean on spinach and kale
Telling someone to eat more spinach or kale doesn’t really inspire them to do it. We look at these foods as something we have to eat, not something that we actually enjoy eating. The good news is that these are two fo the sneakiest foods on the planet because of the way they wilt down. I’m not going to ask you to lean to enjoy eating spinach and kale, instead, learn to sneak it into your foods. I will always finely chop several handful of spinach and kale and add it into pasta sauce, soups, stews or even home made sausage rolls and it wilts down to nothing but retains it’s nutrients so no one will know that it’s there. Add spinach and kale to your shopping cart next time you’re at the grocery store and sneak it into as many foods as you can.
Plan your snacks
We’re great at planning meals, kids lunches, and a Sunday breakfast, but we seems to always forget to plan snacks. 3pm rolls around and we’re eating chocolate chips from the pantry because there is nothing else on hand. There are several snack options that I always have on hand, veggie sticks and dip, rice cakes with avocado and coconut yogurt with berries. I love these snacks, I could make a meal from them if I was given the chance. Pick 3-4 healthy snacks that you know you’re going to enjoy eating and make sure you have them ready to go.