Healthy Eating Hacks

How to trick your stomach.


Simone Kavarana, Staff Writer

Not everyone has the self-discipline to eat healthy every day of the year, but by using these foolproof health hacks I have discovered, you won’t need to be watching your weight!

  1. Avocado Toast. Many people love having toast with butter on it to accompany their eggs in the morning. What they don’t realize is that butter, especially in large amounts can be harmful to your long term health. Avocados are a yummy, and fresh alternative and they offer an astounding 20 different vitamins and minerals in each one.
  2. For all of you sweet tooths out there, I know how hard cutting out chocolate can be. But what if I told you that you didn’t have to? Dark chocolate is a wonderful substitute for white or milk chocolate. Studies have shown that the nutrients from dark chocolate work to lower your risk of heart disease. Who wouldn’t want that?
  3. Say no to soda. Some people drink multiple cans of soda a day like it’s a religion. The amount of sugar in soda is not only bad for your body, but it stains your teeth too. Instead of the sweet taste of soda, flavor your water. Add in lemon slices or your choice of berries and you have a sweet, fresh-tasting, homemade drink.
  4. Looking for a crunch? Don’t grab the potato chips that are sitting in your pantry. Instead, grab a bag of air-popped popcorn for almost nine times less of saturated fat. Popcorn has added fiber and roughly 65 percent fewer calories per cup than chips do.
  5. Instead of drowning your salad in a heavy ranch or cream dressing, opt for the better option: a light, natural tasting vinaigrette. It contains no fat and very few calories.
  6. Instead of cake or ice cream for dessert, make a smoothie. Throw your favorite fruits in a blender along with some ice and plain greek yogurt and blend away! This sweet alternative will satisfy your craving for dessert and it only has healthy ingredients.
  7. The standard peanut butter and jelly is a good sandwich with sweet and savory flavors. To make it just a little bit more health efficient, swap the peanut butter for almond butter. Almond butter contains fibers that are not present in peanut butter. Peanut butter also has added sugars that can be avoided.

While these are all solid substitutes that will aid your health positively, sometimes it’s okay to cheat a little bit. As long as you are cognizant of your eating habits and try to make them MOSTLY healthy, with a sprinkle of physical activity, you should live a long and happy life.

I have been a carnivore for ten years and would not have it any other way.

— Ella Lesesne