Sneaking in different ways to eat healthier is not just for children anymore. These days more people are overfed and undernourished and it’s taking a toll on health now and in the future. There are plenty of ways to sneak in some healthier foods and still enjoy what we eat.
1. Sprinkle it on Top
If you love your ice cream, then you have an opportunity to make it a little healthier. You can sprinkle some chopped walnuts or flax seeds both of which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and selenium. You can take it one step further and make a milk shake with the nuts, topped with a bit of cinnamon, a well-known spice that helps control blood sugar
2. Smoothie It
If you have a great blender that pulverizes everything at the right setting you can make your morning smoothie. With smoothies, you can throw in virtually anything as long as it tastes nice and fruity. So, get some of your favorite fruits, oranges, kiwi, bananas, and some veggies like spinach, kale and carrots. Throw it in the blender, puree it, taste and if you need to, add some more fruits or a touch of honey or lemon juice.
3. Grate It
Meatloaf is a great cover for any vegetable. You can fold most diced and grated vegetables into the meat and you’re good to go. You can easily grate cauliflower or broccoli into the meat, bake and enjoy.
4. Dip It
Making a fresh salsa with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs is always a treat but if you want something creamier, you’re forced to buy those heavy cream dips. One way to make your own creamy dip with lighter Greek yogurt, a great source of protein or you can opt for hummus, which is made with chick peas, so it’s got protein and fiber.
5. Bake it…with Cheese
Lasagna is another great sneaky food that you can use two ways; you can add finely grated vegetables to the meat mixture, so that when it cooks up it looks like the meat. You can opt to layer the vegetables in with the meat and cheese (part skim mozzarella). Third option: why not do both?
Soup is a great way to get your vegetables, protein, and fiber all in one pot. When it’s cold outside, you’ll appreciate a hearty soup, loaded with vegetables and beans to help keep you warm.
Readers Bureau Contributor