Since time immemorial, saints, philosophers, health practitioners, doctors, and concerned elders that have been talking about keeping yourself healthy and adapting to healthy eating habits. However, in today’s world, the concept of healthy eating is getting lost on us! I understand there are reasons for the same (you just cannot neglect a cheese hamburger, fries, pizzas & soft drinks), and it is quite tough to change one’s dietary plans. Having said that, there has to be a middle ground where we do not compromise on our health and yet maintain the taste of our food. Well, we have come up with some hacks that can convert your unhealthy food into a comparatively healthy one!
Homemade Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is an important ingredient in every household, especially if you are a vegetarian. Cottage cheese is one of the major sources of protein for every vegetarian; however, you can still use a low-fat version of cottage cheese and make your food super healthy. One of the easiest ways of using low-fat cottage cheese is to prepare it at home with fresh milk instead of getting the ingredient from the market.
Replace Salt with Rock Salt
The refined salt that we use in our food is not good for our health; a lot of chemicals are added to crystalline salt to make it into refined salt. Instead of using this unhealthy version of salt in your food, you can switch to rock salt. If you are not used to eating rock salt, it will feel very raw and a different kind of salty initially (but do not worry, you will get used to this funny-tasting salt!).
Herbs from Your Garden
It is not difficult to grow your herb garden (you can trust me on this one!). You can very easily grow basil, mint, chilis, Aloe-Vera, carom leaves, parsley, coriander, etc. in your indoor garden. Even if you do not have the proper space to grow these herbs, you can always switch to vertical gardening and benefit immensely from it. I am insisting on this because it is always healthy to use the herbs in your food immediately after plucking it from the soil. Plus, the natural herbs enhance the flavors of your dish.
Replace your Sugar
Yea, now we are after sugar, after replacing your salt with rock salt! But you must replace processed white sugar with some other sweetening ingredient. You can use organic jaggery, brown sugar, etc. as a sweetening agent in your food. Another great option is honey. Apart from using it in your food, you can also eat a spoon of honey in the morning as it helps in regulating the internal functioning of your body.
Get Rid of Gluten
White flour is very bad for your health, but then it tastes so delicious (I like my pancakes made from white flour!). However, it is important to replace white flour with something healthier. You can go for flour made of a variety of healthy millets; you can use sorghum, finger millets, pearl millets, etc. to make the flour. If you think that you can also use all-purpose flour, then you need to know that all-purpose flour might contain gluten, which again is not good for your health.
Get Rid of Meat Skin
When you eat red meat or any poultry product, you should always remember to remove poultry skin from the meat. Poultry skin contains cholesterol and saturated fats which are unhealthy for your health (consuming saturated fats daily, leads to high blood pressure). You should also go for lean cuts so that you do not consume visible fat in your meat and remain free from high cholesterol. To make your meat even more healthy, you can bake it instead of frying it.
Change Your Cooking Method
Fried food is liked across various age groups, but then it is not important to fry your snacks in a lot of oil. There are ways in which you can get the taste of fried food while still maintaining your health; you can switch to the air-frying technique. Air-fryers use very less oil to fry your food and give a perfect healthier eating option. In fact, experts say that some parts of your daily meal should have uncooked but nutritious food options like superfoods, fruits, vegetables, etc.; they are light for your stomach and can be digested very easily.
Get Rid of Tinned Fruits
As much important as it is to introduce fruits into your diet plan, it is even more important to eat fresh & seasonal fruits. Tinned fruits lose their nutritional value; also tinned fruits come in preservatives, which can damage your health. Fresh fruits contain essential minerals and vitamins which are very important for the body, and they should be consumed in the most natural form.
Buy fresh fruits, vegetables & grocery essentials online without the hassle of going to the store, Amazon Fresh, Flipkart grocery, and Zepto can be your best choice. Make your shopping budget-friendly and convenient.
It would be impractical to say that one should always go for healthier eating options and live only on nutrition-rich food. However, we can always try to eat healthier, even if not always.