Eating more healthily is a good idea whether you want to lose weight or not. A better diet means a better you and it isn't as much of a chore as you might think. Get on the healthy train with these simple hacks:
1. Bake or Grill, Don’t Fry!
Frying food is just asking for trouble. Instead learn how to bake or grill your foods and they will be much healthier.
2. Blot Your Pizza
Blotting the surface oil off of your pizza can save you a whole heap of extra calories without taking away much flavor.
3. Go for Dark Meat
Always opt for dark poultry meat over the white; it’s healthier and way more moist!
4. Garlic Powder over Parmesan
Top your pizza with some garlic powder instead of Parmesan; you get heaps of flavor and way less calories.
5. Share an Entrée
Instead of sharing an appetizer and ordering your own entrées, switch it up and do the opposite for less calorie intake.
6. Dress Your Own Salad
Order your dressing on the side and then you can control how much oil you put in your meal.
7. Eat Cold Greens
Eating cold greens (like lettuce and spinach) instead of warm ones takes up more space on the plate and requires more calorie burning chewing!
8. Pour Away Peanut Butter Oil
Pour away the oil that builds up at the top of your peanut butter jar; don’t let it mix back in!
9. Go for Vinaigrette
Always choose a vinaigrette over a cream based salad dressing, they’re much healthier.
10. Almond Milk
Switch to using almond milk in your coffee, it’s an easy change with a lot of health benefits.
11. Real Fruit over Dried
Always opt for real fruit over dried fruit, as dried fruit contains much more sugar through its dehydration.
12. Scoop Your Bagel
Keep the bagel taste with less calories by scooping your bagel and adding a healthy filling.
13. White Fish
Want to reduce your protein calories? Always go for white fish like cod over dark fish like salmon, way fewer calories involved.
14. Whole Grain
Whole grain and white bread share the same amount of calories, but whole grain is filled with so much more goodness to keep you full and healthy.
15. Chicken Pizza
Choose chicken over pepperoni on your pizza for a healthier form of protein.
16. Greek Yoghurt over Mayo
Greek yoghurt contains less calories but nearly ten times more protein then mayo.
Try switching rice for quinoa; it’s kind of a super food and an amazing source of protein.
18. Combine Carbs
Do what vegetarians do and combine to different carbs to make a complete protein.
19. Vegetable Pizza
Load up with veggies on your pizza and hey presto, you have a delicious pizza salad!
20. Add Fruit to Your Cereal
Make your mornings even healthier by adding a handful of fruit to your daily cereal or oatmeal.
21. Unsweetened Nut Milks
Choose unsweetened nut milks over regular; depending on the brand you can save between 5 and 15 grams of sugar.
22. Mustard over Ketchup
Mustard contains less sugar than ketchup, so next time top your burger or hot dog with the yellow stuff!
23. Avocado on Toast
Instead of using butter, smear your morning toast with avocado for a healthy and delicious breakfast.
24. Spinach and Tomato in Grilled Cheese
If you just have to have a grilled cheese, make sure to make it healthier by adding some nutritious spinach and tomatoes.
25. Ice Cream over Sorbet
It might seem like it should be the reverse, but sorbet actually contains way more sugar than custard based ice cream.
26. Swap Cereal for a Smoothie
Try out having a smoothie for breakfast instead of cereal. You can pack so many healthy ingredients in to just one morning drink.
27. Plain Yoghurt
Always buy plain yogurt instead of flavored; it can spare you up to 15 grams of sugar.
28. Cauliflower Mash
Switch mashed potatoes for mashes cauliflower, its surprisingly delicious and much healthier.
29. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is both delicious and much healthier than milk or white, far less sugar content.
30. Cappuccino over Latte
A regular latte contains 17 grams of sugar whilst a regular cappuccino contains only 10.
31. Lettuce over Bread
If you’re making a burger, replace the bread bun with two tasty lettuce leaves, an immediate health improvement!
32. Whole Wheat Flour
Switch to whole wheat flour for baking, it contains much more indigestible fiber so you burn more calories in the process.
33. Thin Crust Pizza
Eating thin crust pizza instead of thick crust is an easy way to make a meal a little healthier without having to sacrifice taste.
34. Choose Broth Based Soups
They usually always contain fewer calories. Stay away from creamed soups of any flavor.