Eating healthy is entirely dependent on your fitness goals for yourself and your determination towards achieving them. And because doing this seems to be such a tedious task, in this article we have listed out certain tricks of the trade that can help make it lesser so, and maybe a little cleaner and more enjoyable.
1: BLOT THE OIL OFF YOUR PIZZA:
Pizza is the perfect answer to a cheat day, and there is a way you can make even your cheat days a little bit healthier rather binge as much as you can to make up for the days spent eating salads. Pizza has large amounts of cheese or oil often leaking of its edges, making up for a lot of calories. Blotting off the oil from your pizza slice before you eat it will save you over 50 calories and still taste just as good.
2: USE DARK MEAT INSTEAD OF THE LIGHT MEAT OFTEN LOADED WITH CONDIMENTS:
It is a known fact that dark meat is softer and moister and contains more calories than light meat. However, Light meat like chicken breast is on the dry side and thus often loaded with condiments that can contribute to much more calories than dry meat does by itself. Thus, it is a better choice to eat dark meat rather than white meat doused in ketchup or mayonnaise.
3: TOP YOUR PASTA WITH GARLIC POWDER OR PEPPER RATHER THAN GRATED PARMESAN:
A few heaping spoons of parmesan thrown over pasta already doused in sauce can easily add up to more than 50-60 calories. Cheese in pasta, despite how delish it tastes, comes at a price and hence, it is healthier to find a substitute. Sprinkle garlic, pepper or oregano over your pasta instead and enjoy a meal that still tastes good and yet saves the calories.
4: REPLACE YOUR BUTTER AND GIVE THE BAKED GOODS A BOOST:
Baking includes a lot of butter, flour and sugar and the cupcake you relish at the end of the process can rack up quite a number of calories. Thus, go for the healthier alternative of switching your butter or oil with nut or seed butter. This change boosts healthy fats, fibre, antioxidants etc. and makes for a treat you can enjoy without guilt. Avocado too makes for a good replacement for butter without altering the taste at all. Mashed and whisked avocado can also make for a good dressing and replace the use of mayonnaise for your sandwiches and other snacks.
5: DRINK A LITTLE CLEANER:
While there’s no such thing as ‘healthy drinking’ you can still up your game with your margaritas and cocktails in a cleaner manner. The sugary mix that you add to your drinks can contribute to quite a number of calories, thus replace it with either coconut water, green tea, lime juice etc. Add to this a few mint or basil leaves and you have yourself a drink that is a little fresher, cleaner and will not contribute to a bad hangover unless you overdo it.