5 Healthy Eating Food Hacks

If I asked you what is one of the hardest things about eating healthy, what would you say?  One of the number one challenges day to day in my family is convenience..  Do you agree??  Everywhere I look there is fast food, Starbucks and shelves full of festively colored boxes of junk ready for our consumption.  I challenge you to skip the processed options and try out these healthy eating food hacks..  I promise you wont be disappointed.  And please add a comment at the end if there is a healthy eating shortcut that you would like to share.

Use hummus or mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise

In a flavor contest, avocado will literally smash the competition against mayonnaise.  Chock full of healthy fat and other health benefits, give your sandwich that healthy edge.  Hummus, which is made of mashed up chickpeas, olive oil, lemon and other spices also does wonders.  Use either one in your next pasta salad or on your next BLT ~ its just that easy!

Use coconut oil instead of canola oil

Coconut oil can stand up to the job when it comes to high heat cooking.  High in MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) you will be doing yourself a favor skipping the highly processed, genetically modified, “bad fat”.  Opt for organic, cold pressed coconut oil.

Replace ketchup with fresh salsa

Ketchup is high in sugar, sometimes even high fructose corn syrup.  If you want to cut your sugar intake, cut out bottled salad dressings and ketchup.  Especially avoid ketchup in plastic bottles.  The acid from the tomato can cause the chemicals in the plastic to leak into the product.  Opt for some salsa fresca instead to get your tomato-ey kick.  As for salad dressing, no need to buy that 4 dollar pre made  bottle.  You can make a fast and easy dressing from ingredients you already have in your pantry, click here to see an easy recipe.

Put some chia seeds in a salt shaker for easy use.

I’m not kidding on this one.  If I don’t put my chia seeds out next to my pepper grinder, I forget to use them all together.  I sprinkle them into almost everything I cook, starting with the eggs I make for the kiddos every morning.   Here’s why ..

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2

Use greek yogurt in place of sour cream

You may have heard this one before..  Have you tried it?  Its like magic.. It really does taste just like sour cream.  I put it on tacos, baked potatoes, in my soup and on my chili.  Organic greek yogurt is packed with protein, and calcium, PLUS it offers those awesome probiotics we can all benefit from.  Try it!

 

 

Cassiopia

** Married mommy of two beautiful girls , residing in San Diego. Practice manager/Veterinary nurse working in the field for 11 years.

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