Everyone knows that one of the best things you can do to increase your health is to eat right. But, if we're being real, it's hard to eat right. And when we get down to it who really wants to talk about what to eat, how to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, or who to eat with?
While I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that your nutrition, your diet should be personalized, there are a few universal truths that apply to all of us.
Simple things like eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, or eat less processed foods and drink more water.
We’re going to assume you know these things to be true already. The focus here isn't to preach, just to make it a bit easier to eat better and live healthier.
Cook double the amount you’ll be eating and freeze the rest for later use. Not only will this save you time and energy when you’re in a rush; you’ll also have meals ready when you come home starving.
Add spinach or kale or any leafy greens to your smoothies – you won’t notice any difference in taste but you will get a lot of extra vitamins.
A great smoothie recipe (2 cups greens, 2 cups water or almond milk, 3 cups frozen fruit)
Be colorful! To make sure you’re getting a variety of vegetables, aim to eat at least 2-3 different colors in each meal.
Make it tasty. Add lemon, lime, mint, grapefruit or strawberries to your water, to add some flavor and encourage drinking.
Cool it down! Want to know how to cool a bottle of water fast (or beer for that matter)? Try wrapping a wet paper towel around the bottle, put it in the fridge, and a few minutes later you’ll have an ice cold drink!
Hangry shopping is bad! Never shop hungry, or at least make a list before you go shopping so that you won’t end up buying things you’ll regret later.
Store cut up veggies in water in the fridge, so that they are easily available whenever you want them.
Trick your brain! Use smaller plates – probably something you’ve heard of before, but it really helps! Studies show that you are likely to eat less when using smaller plates.
Eat the skin of fruits and vegetables: the skin is their biggest asset, and you’ll miss out on a lot of nutrients if you discard it.
Adding fat to certain vegetables, such as dark leafy greens, carrots and tomatoes can enhance the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like A, E and K.
Have some other hacks? Share them with everyone in the comments. And while your at it, try a couple of these out. When you do, you’ll find that you have more time, feel better and have more energy for the things that really matter.