For those of us who love to eat and don’t love to diet, here are some I never-would’ve-thought-of that tricks to eating healthier.
Tell us what you think and share some of your I never-would’ve-thought-of that tricks.
1. Bake better-for-you muffins
“I blend pureed banana and either spinach or beets into oatmeal-chocolate chip breakfast muffins. The banana makes them moist, and the muffins come out green or red, a nice reminder that I’m also starting off my day with a decent portion of vegetables.”
—Erin Morse, RDN, a dietitian in Los Angeles
2. Give baked goods a boost
“I replace the margarine or oil in denser baked goods with nut or seed butter. The swap boosts healthy fats, fiber, protein, and antioxidants (for about the same number of calories) and creates a treat you can feel better about indulging in. You may need to add a little water for moisture in some recipes, but it works well for goodies like banana bread and cookie bars.”
—Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of “Plant-Powered for Life”
3. Just add vinegar
“I drizzle fruit with a little balsamic vinegar. It’s a fab combo of sweet and pungent, and it provides a mouthful of intense flavors—especially when the fruit is ripe. It also looks pretty on your plate, which can help with satiety. I love it on strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe.”
—Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of “Read It Before You Eat It”
4. Healthier whipped cream
“I make whipped cream out of coconut cream for a dairy-free topping. Using a whisk or electric mixer, simply whip well-chilled coconut cream in a bowl until it’s fluffy. You can add cocoa powder or vanilla extract for more flavor. Try it over fresh fruit.”
—Marisa Moore, RDN, a nutritionist in Atlanta
5. Add beans to your smoothies
“I add nutrients (fiber, plant protein, vitamins, antioxidants) to fruit smoothies by blending in white beans. Believe me: You won’t even know they’re there. Plus, they add a thickness and creaminess that ups the satisfaction and keeps you fuller longer.”