When you think of a healthy eating regimen, especially with regard to a weight loss plan, you probably picture difficult meals involving complex measurements and multiple ingredients. That’s one reason many people are hesitant to change their eating habits. Who has time for all of that?
All the fuss isn’t actually necessary, and there are plenty of ways to make simple, healthy meals that also taste good. For example, sometimes all you need to do is “hack” your favorite recipes just a tiny bit, to add extra nutrition that complements your weight loss plan.
Add leafy greens to eggs. If you’re throwing together an omelet at home (which is actually super easy), remember to toss in a handful of leafy greens such as spinach. You will fulfill one of your veggie requirements, while reaping the important health benefits of vitamin K, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
Include berries with your yogurt. Yogurt makes an ideal snack for those on a weight loss plan; it’s rich in protein, and the cool creamy texture is satisfying (especially to those who crave ice cream). Take it up a notch by adding berries, which are packed full of beneficial antioxidants.
Mix black beans into your salsa. Salsa is the perfect compliment to many dishes, and makes a tasty snack with tortilla chips. Mixing black beans into your salsa will add some much-needed protein, plus fiber, lysine, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
As you can see, none of these hacks are overly complicated, and they only take a few extra moments of your time. But they’re definitely worth it, as they add both nutrients and flavor complexity to basic meals and snacks.
Hopefully we’ve sparked some other ideas for you, too. What healthy food hacks can you come up with, that are simple, quick, and affordable? For more information on nutrition and a balanced weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We will help you analyze your diet and modify your favorite foods so that they support your fitness and health goals.