Taste and Health Can Coexist
Have you ever thought something tasted great and been surprised it was healthy at the same time? I bet if you look at your usual eating habits there are many changes you could make without sacrificing your enjoyment of food. Here are some examples to think about.
1. Do you eat cream cheese? Switch to whipped. It takes the same but 1 Tbsp has half the fat compared to regular cream cheese.
2. Spray your pan with cooking spray and saute with half the oil as usual. I bet you will not notice the difference.
3. Add 1/2 cup puree vegetable to cakes or muffins when baking. It will add extra vitamins and fiber with minimal change in flavor.
4. Try a fruity vinagrette or salad dressing from Trader Joe’s. They are delicious and flavorful with more heart healthy fats.
5. Bake with half white and half wheat flour. Switching to all wheat can make a product dry, but half and half will likely not be noticable.
6. Eat vegetarian 1-2 times a week. It is good for your heart, health, and your wallet.
7. Start planning your “once in awhile” meals at home not when out to eat. Often times we overeat at restaurants if we feel it is a splurge and should enjoy it while we have it.
8. Find at least one unsweetened beverage that satisfies you.
9. Use fresh herbs more often, you won’t miss the salt. In fact the food tastes better without too much salt.
10. Try to find a cereal with 5 grams of fiber per serving that you enjoy.
Can you think of one thing in your usual eating pattern that would be simple to change and hardly missed?
Tags: , Behavioral economics, Food, Health, Vegetable