Eating healthier doesn’t have to be a total overhaul of your diet. Small changes over time are easier to maintain for the long term. Check out these tips for little changes you can start making today. Plus, get four of our favorite healthy recipes that help take the guesswork out of healthy cooking.
Try these little changes to your eating habits for big results.
- Change Your Salty Ways. Use fresh herbs, spices, hot peppers, or citrus instead of salt to add flavor to food when you cook. And taste your food before you salt it. You might need much less than you think!
- Go Green. Eat more greens! Finely chop leafy greens like kale and spinach in the Manual Food Processor and sneak them into soups, sauces, or even smoothies.
- Simple Swap. Swap in lean ground turkey for ground beef to cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Reimagine Pasta. Sub veggie “noodles” for pasta to boost vitamins and reduce carbs. Use the Veggie Spiralizer, peelers, or other cutting tools to create different sizes and shapes of noodles.
- Full Steam Ahead. Put away the deep fryer and steam your foods instead. Steaming isn’t just for vegetables—try steaming fish, chicken, even grains. Add a flavor boost by adding spices or citrus to the water.
- Police Your Portions. Watch your portions. Using a scale to weigh ingredients is the most precise tool for portion control. Or use products you might already have in your kitchen; for example, fill a 3″ (6-cm) Biscuit Cutter right on your plate with potatoes, rice, or beans for one proper serving.
- Veg Out. Try serving soup or chili in a scooped-out bell pepper instead of a traditional bowl. It prevents you from “super-sizing” your portion and ups your vitamin intake while you’re at it.
- Dip In. Sometimes you just have to indulge in a delicious party dip! Take away some of the guilt factor by replacing sour cream with plain Greek yogurt in cold dip recipes. You won’t even taste the difference.
- Get Saucy! Make a fresh, low-sodium alternative to jarred spaghetti sauce. Just chop plum tomatoes and mix with olive oil and Italian seasonings. (The Mix ‘N Chop is great for this!)
- Baked Good. Sub applesauce for half the oil in baking recipes. You’ll add moisture and flavor while cutting fat and calories. We call that a win-win.
Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
A heaping helping of good-for-you quinoa takes center stage in this meatless yet hearty meal.
Zucchini Noodles with Crushed Tomato Sauce
A new spin on the classic veggie noodles with tomato sauce. Stir spiralized zucchini into a homemade sauce that’s a more economical and healthier option than store bought.
Chicken Sausage & Herb Wheat Pizza
Not all pizza is bad for you! Chicken sausage, ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil make this version completely guilt-free.
Ginger Citrus Chicken Lettuce Wraps
A variety of fruits and veggies give the chicken salad filling lots of flavor. A Bibb lettuce leaf wrap gives this dish lots of yummy crunch, too.