Don’t fret if you can’t stick to a strict diet, follow these easy food rules instead. By Janice Sim
If you often find yourself straying from your diet, here are six food hacks to ensure you keep up with a healthier diet without compromising on your cravings.
1. Freeze your greens
If you’re constantly throwing out your veggies because you can’t seem to finish in time before they go bad, freeze them for a lunchtime smoothie instead. Add some water, puree the veggies in a blender, then pour the mix into an ice cube tray. Once the mix is frozen, you can store it till you’re ready to make your smoothie. This not just saves time, but also cuts down on food wastage.
2. Sub in avocado whenever applicable
Do we actually need another reason to eat more avocado? This wonder fruit can add that dose of creamy consistency you crave for in your dishes, as well as provides plenty of fibre. You could sub it in for milk, butter, cream or cheese the next time you cook, equating to lesser calories.
3. Divide your salad
We might hesitate on buying pre-packed salad greens just because they are pricey. A smart choice to save money would be to buy your salad in bulk, but this can lead to a bunch of wilted greens before you get to finish them. Try dividing your greens into individual plastic bags and blowing into the bags before sealing them tightly with a knot. Put them in the fridge to preserve the freshness for your meals through the weeks.
4. Incorporate beans into your sweet treats
We might not like them but beans are really good for us. They provide the high amounts of fibre, protein and iron that we need in our everyday diet. A sneaky way to consume beans is in desserts as they provide sweetness. The next time you bake chocolate brownies, try throwing in some beans and see if you can taste them.
5. Go for Greek
You can cut down on a lot of fat and amp up the levels of calcium and protein by substituting mayo, heavy cream, butter and oil with Greek yogurt in your favourite recipes.
6. Trade your pasta for veggies
Instead of packing on the carbs with a plate of pasta, swap out spaghetti with veggies like zucchini and pumpkin that can easily fill you up. Simply slice the veggies into thin strips and cook them till they are al dente!