10 Super Simple Tricks for Eating Healthier

10 Super Simple Tricks for Eating Healthier

Try these easy and effective ways to give your healthy eating routine a boost.

By: Maressa Brown

As much as we all aspire to eat healthier, making a concerted effort to do it can feel like a daunting, pricey, time-consuming task. Visions of diet restrictions and menu plans can be so overwhelming that you just throw up your hands. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are 10 simple, effective, and -- most importantly! -- easy ways to get your healthy eating routine on track.

1. Chop it up. When we’re tired, we often skip fruits and veggies that require several extra steps of prep work, like washing or chopping. Setting aside time to do exactly that can set you up for a win. Chop up fruits and veggies (like apples, bell peppers, carrots, and melon) on a Sunday or whichever day works best for you, and you’ll be all set to grab healthy snacks throughout the rest of the week.

2. Try a smoothie or a juice. Toss a bunch of good-for-you ingredients (think chia seeds, a high-quality protein powder, nut butter, frozen fruits) into the blender, hit a button, and in a minute, you’ll have a powered-up snack or meal. This can also be a great way to beat boredom because there’s always a new combination of goodies (veggie smoothies, veggies with fruits, coconut water vs. milk, etc.) you can experiment with.

3. Bake breakfast in bulk. So many of us forget to eat breakfast or aren’t even keen on it because it feels impossible to add into the list of to-dos we’re already juggling every morning. That’s why making your breakfast ahead of time can be the perfect solution. Whether you make fiber-filled, steel-cut oats in a slow cooker or protein-packed mini frittatas in a muffin pan, bulk breakfasts can go a long way to keeping you satiated every day of the week.

4. Skip sugar, sub in fruit. If you’re trying to avoid refined sweeteners, you can opt for dates in smoothies or baked goods. Fruit also works well as an alternative to syrup on pancakes and waffles. And on its own, naturally sweet fruit (like strawberries, nectarines, or watermelon) can be a handy, healthier way to get your sweet tooth fix.

5. Add avocado. Sometimes your average turkey sandwich, salad, or even taco dinner needs a little something more. Instead of reaching for mayo, creamy dressings, or sour cream, use a bit of avocado, which packs filling, heart-healthy unsaturated fat and a lot of creamy punch.

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6. Sip your caffeine without add-ins. Finding a tea and/or coffee that you enjoy on its own, without added cream or sugar, is actually easier than it sounds. From naturally flavored coffees to teas made from vanilla beans or cardamom pods, there are plenty of ways to get your favorite caffeine fix in a flavorful, yet calorie-free way.

7. Try using “hand”-y work. Portion control is essential for any healthy eating regimen, but no one wants to tote around measuring cups or spoons, especially when you’re eating out! Thankfully, your hand can serve as an on-to-go way to measure out the proper portion of anything from nuts to meat. Your fist is roughly half a cup, your palm is 3 oz. of meat, a fingertip is a teaspoon, and your thumb is a tablespoon, notes GuardYourHealth.com.

8. Pick whole over processed. If you’re not up for counting calories and you just want to keep it simple, try to focus on picking foods that come straight from the ground or earth. Sticking to whole foods, like eggs or grains, assures that you’ll steer clear of unnecessary saturated fat, added sugar, excess salt, artificial colors, and preservatives.

9. Prioritize your greens. Eating your salad, or even just an apple, before the rest of your meal not only gets you fuller faster, but it’s a quick and straightforward way to make sure you check one more daily required portion of greens off your list.

10. Consider joining a CSA. Instead of spending time and money at the grocery store trying to figure out what veggies you’re going to want to cook and eat on any given week, let a farm do it for you. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. It also ensures your fridge is filled with healthy produce just begging to be served!

What smart tricks do you use to eat healthier?

Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture -- preferably on a beach somewhere.

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