7 Healthy Eating Tricks That Are Actually So Easy

All doable, all delicious.

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1. Take advantage of all the root vegetables in every grocery store and farmer’s market right now by turning them into HEALTHIER FRIES!

2. Make these cheap, easy, and FREEZABLE breakfast bowls ahead of time for busy mornings.

Make these cheap, easy, and FREEZABLE breakfast bowls ahead of time for busy mornings.

Fruit and yogurt are great, but there’s something special about eating an actual meal for breakfast. Here’s how to make the egg and potato breakfast bowls.

3. Next time you cook a winter squash, roast the seeds along with the flesh. They’re great as a snack, or on salad.

Next time you cook a winter squash, roast the seeds along with the flesh. They're great as a snack, or on salad.
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Kabocha squash (above) is a great alternative to butternut or acorn squash, if you’re in a rut. Recipe here.

4. Stop buying hummus and learn to make it yourself.

Stop buying hummus and learn to make it yourself.

It tastes better, it’s cheaper, and the sky’s the limit in terms of flavor combinations. Oh, and it’s also STUPID EASY. Learn more here.

5. Hummus is also great for making creamy, flavorful salad dressings without any mayonnaise or dairy.

Here’s a great Greek hummus salad dressing. Really though, all you need to do is combine hummus, citrus juice or vinegar, a little oil, and your seasonings of choice.

6. Try a grain bowl for lunch. If you want, you can cook an assortment of veggies plus a grain on Sunday, then mix and match all week!

Try a grain bowl for lunch. If you want, you can cook an assortment of veggies plus a grain on Sunday, then mix and match all week!
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This one has quinoa, cauliflower, delicata squash, pickled onions, and plenty of other good stuff. Recipe here.

7. Meatless Monday is a fun way to change things up. It’ll also force you to get creative with grains, vegetables, and vegetarian protein.

As long as you don’t take it as an excuse to eat doughnuts for breakfast, French fries for lunch, and grilled cheese for dinner, meatless Monday is a healthy way to try new foods without having to make any huge overhauls. I mean, it’s ONE DAY.

From left: Stuffed Acorn Squash With Kale and Creminis; Asiago White Beans With Farro, Kale, and Tomatoes; and Bean, Kale, and Egg Stew.

And here are some great vegetarian dinner ideas that AREN’T pasta, and a bunch of meals with tons of protein and no meat.

 

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Can’t gulp down eight glasses a day? The foods you should eat to stay hydrated WITHOUT drinking water

  • Food can account for 20 per cent of your fluid intake 
  • Radishes have 95% water content whilst green peppers are 94% water
  • Cucumber, grapefruit and watermelon are good sources of fluid as well  

Are you getting enough water?

Sometimes staying hydrated can be a secondary thought when your schedule is busy and you are running around.

But you can concentrate on adding these water-packed foods into your day and drink water for best hydration.

Bonnie Giller, a registered certified dietitian and nutritionist says: ‘There are other sources, like food that can account for 20 per cent of your fluid intake.

Understanding why you should eat these foods and how they impact your health can contribute to a more hydrated lifestyle and an overall happier, healthier you.’

Here Bonnie reveals her top picks of water-packed foods that you can add to your daily routine to help you stay hydrated without the eight glasses of water a day.

WHY IS WATER SO IMPORTANT?

Water is key to life. Your body is made up of 70 per cent to 80 per cent water and that water needs to be maintained. Water is used by the cells to transport carbohydrates, fats and protein and to help excrete waste products. Water also helps maintain a consistent body temperature. To prevent overheating, your body excretes heat from within the muscles and releases it out of the body in the form of sweat. Water is a natural lubricant. It aids in the function of joints, tissues, saliva and is a major component of digestion.

Fluids are essential to peristalsis and getting food through your gut. If you experience constipation you might need to evaluate your water consumption habits. Foods with high water content contribute to your fluid needs with minimal calories added to your day. In general these foods are fruits and vegetables, but foods like lean meats, dairy products and even bread can contribute to your fluid intake.

CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers top the list of water containing foods with a whopping 97 per cent water content. Cucumbers are wonderful because their mild flavour mixes well with so many different combinations. Bring some chopped cucumbers to dip in hummus, balsamic vinegar or Greek yogurt. Or even add them to your water to make it more flavourful and enticing to drink.

RADISHES

Radishes are an unlikely suspect in this category. With 95 per cent water content, these root veggies can keep you hydrated as well. Their sweet and spicy flavour can be added to any salad for crunch and flavour.

TOMATOES

Tomatoes make the list with 94.5 per cent water content.

Tomatoes are wonderful because they are a mainstay of a variety of different foods from soups, to sauces, to salads and sandwiches.

Even better, cherry or grape tomatoes are great for an ‘on the go’ snack. Pack them in your lunch bag for an easy and tasty snack to pop in your mouth. Or if you’re looking for a fun and colorful snack, skewer grape tomatoes with basil and mozzarella.

Grapefruit contains 90.5%  water content to keep your fluid levels high

Grapefruit contains 90.5%  water content to keep your fluid levels high

GREEN PEPPERS 

Peppers or capsicum come in four colours – red, orange, yellow and green.

Each has its own beneficial properties but did you know that the green bell pepper contains the most water content?

While red, orange and yellow peppers are roughly 92 per cent water, green peppers are 94 per cent. Grab some the next time you are grocery shopping to add a good source of water and antioxidants in your meals or snacks.

WATERMELON 

If the name isn’t already a give away, it’s pretty obvious that watermelon is full of water. With 92 per cent water content, this fruit is a refreshing snack in the summer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get it in the autumn

Watermelon contains a high amount of lycopene – an antioxidant with cancer fighting properties. Tomatoes are usually known for their lycopene content but one wedge of watermelon contains four times the amount of lycopene in a medium tomato.

GRAPEFRUIT

Grapefruits are unique in their own way. They appear as large oranges but have a tangy, bold, bitter flavour that is hard to compare. Researchers have found that grapefruit consumption can improve weight loss. It helps stabilise sugar and stabilise lipid profiles. It lowers not just total triglycerides but LDL cholesterol significantly as well. And it contains 90.5 per cent water content to keep your fluid levels high.

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17 Kitchen Cheat Sheets You Should Know About

1. For making super-easy marinades:

For making super-easy marinades:
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Find this and tons of other simple marinade ideas here.

2. For when you can’t remember baking conversions:

For when you can't remember baking conversions:

From Java Cupcake.

3. Or slow cooker ones:

Or slow cooker ones:

From here, and find more slow cooker hacks here.

4. For getting perfect grains every time:

For getting perfect grains every time:

From PopSugar.

5. For cookies that would make Martha proud:

For cookies that would make Martha proud:

From Handle the Heat.

6. For storing anything and everything:

For storing anything and everything:
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More on exactly how (and where) to store fruit, veggies, meat, and dairy here.

7. For when you need a healthy last-minute dinner:

For when you need a healthy last-minute dinner:

From Women’s Health.

8. For perfect pairings:

For perfect pairings:

From Wine Folly.

9. For when you’re out of an ingredient:

For when you're out of an ingredient:

10. For the ideal cup of tea:

For the ideal cup of tea:

From PopSugar.

11. Or cup of joe:

Or cup of joe:

Get it at CafePress.

12. For going green:

For going green:

From Kidspot.

13. Or spicing things up:

Or spicing things up:

From Women’s Health.

14. For textbook eggs:

For textbook eggs:

From Bon Appétit.

15. For knowing your cuts like a pro:

For knowing your cuts like a pro:

From Food Storage & More.

16. For healthier swaps every cook should know:

For healthier swaps every cook should know:

Find this and lots of other healthy ingredient swaps here.

17. And for when you need a sweet treat ASAP:

And for when you need a sweet treat ASAP:
Lindsay Hunt / buzzfeed.com

Find this and other three-ingredient dessert ideas here.

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7 Charts To Help You Eat Healthy

Everything you need to know from cutting out sugar to building a salad that doesn’t suck.

1. For building a balanced meal.

For building a balanced meal.

Your ideal plate should be packed with vegetables and a serving of protein, complex carbs (like whole grains or beans), and healthy fats (like olive oil or nuts). From One Medical.

2. For cooking your eggs ~just right~.

For cooking your eggs ~just right~.

Eggs! Thank you for being an easy and quick way to add protein to any meal. Here’s the guide to boiled eggs, from runny AF to crumbly hard-cooked.

3. For satisfying and delicious salads that won’t leave you hungry.

For satisfying and delicious salads that won't leave you hungry.

There is a world in which salads actually taste good and are filling. I swear! Choose a few combos from the list above and prep the ingredients so that it’s easy to toss (hehe) your lunches and dinners together throughout the week. From Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

4. For easier meal planning (aka easier weeks).

For easier meal planning (aka easier weeks).

Pre-planning what you are going to cook and eat throughout the week means you don’t end up leaning too hard on takeout when you’re tired. Get an entire week of recipes and all the prep and tools you need from BuzzFeed’s 2016 Clean Eating Challenge.

5. For healthy homemade lunches.

For healthy homemade lunches.

Not only is bringing your lunch to work or school so much cheaper than buying it, it’s generally healthier, too. From Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

6. For keeping your fruits and veggies fresh as long as possible.

For keeping your fruits and veggies fresh as long as possible.

Keeping lots of vegetables and fruits around makes it easier to eat healthily, but nothing is worse than opening up your crisper drawer to a bunch of stinky, wilted romaine. Keep on top of expiration dates with this handy chart for all your groceries.

7. For turning chicken breasts into something truly tasty.

For turning chicken breasts into something truly tasty.

Marinating is the best way to turn boneless, skinless chicken breasts into something actually delicious. Get 22 more marinade combos here and a guide to marinating 101 here.

8. For an endless variety of satisfying soups.

For an endless variety of satisfying soups.

Use this chart to help you come up with new soup combos, whether you’re planning meals for the week or just trying to eke dinner out of your fridge. From Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

9. For homemade stocks and broths.

For homemade stocks and broths.

If you have leftover bones from a chicken, steak, turkey, or fish then you’ve got the base for a great broth. You can save your vegetable scraps for a vegetarian version, too. Homemade stock and broth is not only cheaper, it doesn’t have added flavors, sodium, and stabilizers that premade kinds do. From SheKnows.

10. For cutting sugar out of your drinks.

For cutting sugar out of your drinks.

Saving my calories for cake. From the American Heart Association.

11. For cooking all your whole grains.

For cooking all your whole grains.

Grains are a healthy blank canvas for so many different types of meals—burrito bowl, hearty salad, or stir fry. And, whole grains have important vitamins, fiber, and protein, too. Get the entire guide to 15 grains (plus cooking instructions) over at Greatist.

12. For trying new, healthier cooking oils.

For trying new, healthier cooking oils.

Oils have different “smoke points” (the temperature that causes them to burn), so use oils with low smoke points (olive, flaxseed, coconut) for raw dishes or baking, and use ones with higher smoke points (canola, peanut, avocado) for high-heat jobs like roasting vegetables or frying eggs. From Fix.

13. For healthier desserts.

For healthier desserts.

Full disclosure: A lot of these swaps will change the taste and texture of your recipe. Start by changing out just ¼ or ½ of any ingredient the first time you try it. From Greatist.

14. For DIY bottled salad dressing.

For DIY bottled salad dressing.

Having delicious dressing ready to go in my refrigerator means I’m 10 times more likely to actually eat salad. From CookSmarts.

15. For three-ingredient healthy meals that are easy AF.

For three-ingredient healthy meals that are easy AF.

Thankfully, healthy doesn’t have to mean complicated. From Women’s Health.

16. For making the transition to a Paleo diet.

For making the transition to a Paleo diet.

The Paleo diet is pretty restrictive, but this list is a great start for general clean eating as well. Get a guide to going Paleo here.

17. For keeping an eye on sodium.

For keeping an eye on sodium.

If you’re watching your sodium intake, check the labels on processed food, especially these six. From the American Heart Association.

Don’t forget that changing to a healthier lifestyle takes time!

Don't forget that changing to a healthier lifestyle takes time!

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You can do it!

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15 Easy Healthy Dinners For People With Literally No Time To Cook

Delicious tacos, pastas, and skillets you can whip up in no time.

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1. Spicy Quinoa Taco Bowl

Spicy Quinoa Taco Bowl

Top off this ridiculously simple recipe with a homemade cashew-lime sour cream sauce.

Get the recipe here.

2. Greens and Beans Tacos

Greens and Beans Tacos

Tacos for dinner are ALWAYS a good idea.

Get the recipe here.

3. Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe

Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe

All you need is a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to make this healthier takeout alternative.

Get the recipe here.

4. Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich With Cranberries and Lemon

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich With Cranberries and Lemon

Instead of mayo, this vegetarian chickpea salad gets all of its creamy texture from avocados.

Get the recipe here.

5. Simple Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls (With Spicy Cumin Garlic Drizzle)

Simple Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito Bowls (With Spicy Cumin Garlic Drizzle)

Make your own burrito bowl and feel accomplished AF when you add your homemade spicy cumin garlic sauce. Chipotle who?

Get the recipe here.

6. Italian Chicken Skillet

Italian Chicken Skillet

Better-for-you comfort food that doesn’t take lots of time.

Get the recipe here.

7. Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage

Roasted Salmon With Kale and Cabbage

All you have to do is toss salmon, kale, cabbage, dill, some spices, and a drizzle of olive oil onto a pan, bake for 16 minutes, and dinner is served.

Get the recipe here.

8. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

This simple dinner is packed with veggies, protein, and fiber. All good things.

Get the recipe here.

9. Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Throw this ~fancyish~ risotto together — all in one pot.

Get the recipe here.

10. Collard-Wrapped Turkey Burger With Turnip Fries

Collard-Wrapped Turkey Burger With Turnip Fries

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Try this simple yet tasty turkey burger from the BuzzFeed 2015 Get Fit Summer Challenge. And yes, you’ll have fries with that.

Get the recipe here.

11. Avocado Boats

Avocado Boats

Literally just delicious things stuffed into an even more delicious avocado. Where do we sign up?

Get the recipe here.

12. Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

You’ll realize vegan food can be flavorful too when you make these savory veggie burgers, with chickpeas, crushed tortilla chips, and green chiles for a little kick.

Get the recipe here.

13. Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

Yes, you can whip this chili up in just 30 minutes. And you should, because it’s cold AF outside.

Get the recipe here.

14. Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

Perfect if you’re in the mood for something light yet filling and need to feed a lot of mouths — or just yours for the rest of the week. Just one batch of this recipe makes six servings.

Get the recipe here.

15. Chopped Thai Salad With Coconut-Curry Dressing

Chopped Thai Salad With Coconut-Curry Dressing

A refreshing blend of bell peppers, mango, sliced carrots, napa cabbage, and kale with a homemade creamy coconut curry sauce that only takes 10 minutes to blend up.

Get the recipe here.

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