Time to kick it up even more. You’re eating well, reaping the benefits, but are you getting as much possible goodness out eating habits? Amp up your nutrition and take every meal to the next level with super simple changes.
- Make your own salad dressing
That way you’ll know exactly what’s in there! No chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors or stabilizers needed! Adding a dressing made with an oil to your salad also helps you absorb more of the fat-soluble nutrients. Check out these healthy homemade salad dressing ideas to get you started.
- Serve your lunch at the same time
Bringing lunch to your office by prepping the day before is one of the surest ways to keep your eating on track. Ha! No more temptations at the oily, greasy foodcourt where options of crap food are endless. If you tend to go back for seconds or eat a little more than you should, set aside the leftovers into portioned containers before you even dish up your dinner. That way you’ve prepped your lunch for the next day or two, and won’t be tempted to keep eating!
- Feature vegetables
Forget the sides, start moving veggies front and center! So often vegetables are thought of as side dishes, but we say make them the focus of your meal! Load up your plate with vegetables and add the extras from there. Look no further than veggie-centric recipes right here.
- Mix up the method
Avoid microwaving and boiling, instead, opting for steaming, slow cooking, or pressure cooking. You’ll retain more nutrients. Or take it one step further, RAW, it’s easier and just as yummy. Loving this Thai inspired raw YUM.
- Cook with heat stable oils
Vegetable oils and extra virgin olive oil struggle to maintain their integrity when faced with high heat. When they become unstable, they produce volatile compounds that are dangerous to our health. Opt for more temperature stable oils including avocado, macadamia, coconut and almond oil. Keep the extra virgin olive oil, flax and walnut oil for cold dishes such as salads to get the most benefits.
- Eat a lighter meal
You have heard this before, we eat too large at night and we don’t need the energy then. Rather having the heaviest meal at dinner, try eating like a big at breakfast, medium at lunch, and light at dinner. This will give your body more time to properly digest your food, and use up the energy those meals provide throughout the day.
- Make it with broth
I’m loving the wet sauté. Instead of using oil to saute, switch to broth. Use twice as much broth as you would have oil and enjoy all of the nourishing benefits! Less fat, same taste with super easy to make collagen boosting bone broth.
- Cut the carbs in half
If you’re fond of having a pasta or rice dish, use less grain and add in more vegetables! Rice? Make half rice, half cauliflower rice. Pasta? Have half spelt or whole grain pasta, half zucchini noodles. The meal will be easier to digest, reducing the burden on your gut before bedtime! These are a good easy starter dish. You will notice a huge change with this simple tweak.
- Spice things up
Ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, and chili pepper are all easy additions to your dish, bringing a delicious flavor, and a fat-burning boost to your metabolism! Sprinkle over roast vegetables and salads, add to curries, coat fish before baking, or roll peeled, boiled eggs in them. Loving this spiced up quinoa.
- Scrub your vegetables
Don’t peel them. Scrubbing removes any loose dirt and debris, whilst still retaining all the nutrients and crazy fiber content found in and close to the skin of the vegetable. Sweet potato fries with skin on rocks
- Take the Vedge Pledge
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