How to make your meals healthier and tastier?

Yay, this has taken a while, ay? I know, I missed sharing some healthy and tasty food ideas with you as well, and I can promise – they are back! Although, since healthy — to many — associates with not so tasty, I wanted to share a few tricks you can do to make your meals healthier also tastier daily! So if you’re interested into healthier nutrition, or planing to do more of that – I bet you are going to like this one! :)

I was the same, just as majority is, when I started caring about my nutrition – all the ‘gluten free’ and ‘sugar free’ sounded not so yummy to me! Keeping in mind that I have a sweet tooth and I like my donuts, pizzas and pancakes! But it didn’t take long, neither it was that hard to flip everything and change all those favorite meals into healthy, still tasty! Of course it requires bit of a patience and courage at first, but if you have goals and they require you to eat less of a sugar, dairy and gluten – then you’re going to do this! Although, I highly recommend to look into this deeper and not to get caught up by trends or go into extremes.

Changing into healthier nutrition plans doesn’t mean that you have to give up something for 100% (unless you don’t tolerate that particular product) — it means having a balance! You still can have your favorite chocolate cake from time to time and there’s nothing unhealthy in it! I always say that if your body does really wants something and you know you only going to feel good after eating it – then do it, don’t force yourself, don’t go nuts, but know your limits!

Stop punishing yourself – there’s no need to do that. Food is energy, and as soon as you’ll make peace with that – only then you’ll live a healthier life! You do really need to respect food and be grateful for every meal, as well as always treat yourself with it by not feeling anxious, moody, or any other negative. Because if you do so – no matter how healthy your meal is, it won’t bring more health to your body!

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So if you want to eat healthier, but you don’t want to give up your favorite, tasty meals. Well, you’re in luck! The key to a well-balanced, healthy diet is eating a variety of foods that give your body the nutrients it needs. You may do the best you can and still fall short when it comes to protein, vitamins, and more. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up some of your favorite meals for bland food that contains those missing nutrients. Instead, you can try adding to your meals using special ingredients that won’t even affect the flavor. If the food tastes the same but is somehow healthier for you, what excuse do you have not to try it?

Sounds too good to be true but it’s entirely possible! Check out the list below to learn more about ways you can add nutrition to each meal without changing the flavor you know and love.

Chia seeds
Talk about a nutritional powerhouse! If you remember my post about my favorite healthy breakfasts ideas, I mentioned routinely adding chia seeds to my smoothies and porridge in the morning for an extra boost. But chia seeds deserve their time in the spotlight given they’ve practically earned the title superfood! Those little babies sure are tiny, but they’re mighty! It’s been said that ancient Aztec warriors even used them for energy and endurance! If they worked for them, surely they can work for you!

Additionally, research has shown that adding chia seeds to your diet can improve the overall condition of your skin, reduce the signs of aging, and improve your overall health. Chia seeds are bursting full of fiber, omega-3’s, vitamins, minerals, and protein. It’s no wonder that restaurants all over the country have even begun experimenting with ways they can use the superfood in their own dishes!
Adding chia seeds to your meal is a great way to help fill you up and keep you fuller longer. Without changing the flavor of your meal at all, you can get a true nutritional boost and reap the benefits. Just remember that chia seeds tend to absorb liquid so keep that in mind when mixing them into something you don’t plan on eating right away!

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Flaxseeds are yet another ingredient that could claim the title of superfood. In fact, some researchers may argue that it’s one of the most powerful foods on the planet. Given that it’s been around for centuries, there’s quite a bit of research to back up claims that flaxseeds can help lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Flaxseed is being used in pre-packaged, processed foods now more than ever before, but you can still take advantage of the powerful ingredient in its natural form. Because it lacks a pungent flavor, it’s a great food to add to just about any meal for a nutritional boost your body will thank you for.

Flaxseeds are full of omega-3’s and fiber, which means just like chia seeds, they’re perfect for helping you stay fuller, longer. Not to mention they are loaded with antioxidant properties!
While whole flaxseeds are great when added to bread or crackers, when you grind them up, they’ll blend into practically anything. If you want to feel a little better about your meal, sprinkle some flaxseeds or ground flaxseeds on top and dig in!

There’s more to turmeric than spicing up a curry. Research shows it has many benefits and may help ward off dementia and reduce your risk of cancer. Not to mention how well does turmeric fight colds and flu, helps indigestion and weight loss, also assists diabetes sufferers, promotes balanced mood, helps wounds heal, encourages balanced blood sugar, soothes irritated tissue, loosens stiff joints, etc.

And yet, turmeric is one of my most used and favorite spice! I put turmeric in every meal I make so I highly suggest you to do the same – it won’t affect the flavor, although it will only bring more of the yellow color to your meal! You can also make a turmeric tea drink, which is so good and healthy! Here’s a quick recipe for one:

1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of clove
pinch of nutmeg
tsp fresh ginger (optional)
As much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
1-2 cups of water
Raw honey to sweeten
Milk sub of choice (I went with fresh almond milk, but coconut and hemp would both be delicious)

1. Simmer herbs and water together for 10 mins.
2. Strain out and add honey and milk.

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Hidden Vegetables
I know what you’re thinking: “How can you possibly hide a vegetable?” But hear me out! It’s all about execution. Of course you can’t just tuck some broccoli underneath a piece of chicken and expect your taste buds not to notice. It takes a bit more effort than that. The key is to truly hide them in your meals, among other ingredients, so that you truly can’t taste the difference.

One of the best ways to add vegetables to your meals is to replace half of your grain with a vegetable. For example, if you’re preparing a rice dish, try making half rice and half cauliflower rice. That way you will be consuming less starch and more nutrient-dense vegetables. Another great idea is to replace half your spaghetti with half zucchini noodles. Just be sure to squeeze as much moisture out of the vegetables as you can to ensure the texture stands up to what’s familiar.
When it comes to baking, sneaking vegetables into your meals is practically a breeze. There are countless recipes for zucchini bread, carrot cake, and more, which truly taste divine but contain at least one serving of real vegetables.

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It Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult!
When it comes to eating healthier and losing weight, it’s important to remember that small changes add up to big results. Just a few simple swaps here and there or a few healthy, nutrient-packed additions to your meals can make a big difference down the road. When healthy changes are so effortless, you no longer have an excuse to eat poorly. Not only will your body begin to change for the better, but you’ll feel better overall. It’s too easy not to try it!

P.S. don’t mind the photos – some of them aren’t that relevant to content, but I just wanted to show you few of my favorite morning foods that I often treat myself with after exercises! Also, shout outs go to Skinny Coffee – my all time favorite and healthy brew, aaaand cocoa locks – hot chocolate drink which helps your hair grow (I know it sounds dodgy, apparently it’s so good!) :)

So let me know how do you like these tricks of mine and if you’ve got some other to share! Feel free to add them in comments below :) And keep up with balance – that’s a key to healthier lifestyle! :)


Author: Vaida

I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. I'm into healthy lifestyle, love fitness and sports, food and recipes, music, fashion, books, art and design.