I don’t really know what the actual definition of “food hacks” is but it sounds juicy doesn’t it? All I know is there are so many little things that people don’t even realize they are doing, and how simple it is to make a little change in order to eat cleaner.
To be honest, I don’t even know if people realize how much added sugar is in everything. Or how easy it is to do 5 minutes of food prep so you’re set for your work day the next day. It’s these little things that add up and make the biggest difference, and it doesn’t have to be that fricken hard!
I’ve compiled a list of things that I do that seem like second nature to me, but not to other people. Some of these may seem simple, but you’d be surprised. These simple changes will change your life people! IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Ohhh the drama.
Hack #1: Swap regular bread for gluten free bread
I’m not saying that all gluten free products are SO healthy. In fact, a lot of them are filled with fillers or other shitty ingredients to make up for the lack of wheat. Make sure you find a good brand of gluten free toast.
My personal favorite gluten free bread brand is Udi’s Gluten Free Bread. Mainly because they are at my local grocery store and I don’t have to order it or make any special trips.
That being said, there are some brands that you can find a whole lot cleaner than Udi’s. You can find brands that have strictly whole ingredients, especially if you live near a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
Hack #2: Swap coffee creamer for heavy cream & 100% pure maple syrup
For my coffee creamer addicts out there, I promise that heavy cream & maple syrup taste comparable if not better. I don’t know about you, but drinking palm oil and other unrecognizable ingredients during my morning coffee seems like a bad way to start off my day.
I add roughly 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream + 1-1.5 tablespoons of maple syrup to my cup of coffee and boom. Magic happens.
Hack #3: Swap coffee creamer for unsweetened almond milk/cashew milk & 100% pure maple syrup
This is for my dairy intolerant folks out there. I know some people cut out dairy all together, so this is another simple hack to use when trying to replace delicious artificial coffee creamer.
I like my coffee creamy, so if I’m using cashew milk, I add much more than 2-3 tablespoons. I usually add around 1/4 to 1/3 cup of cashew milk along with 1-1.5 tablespoons of maple syrup OR honey.
Hack #4: Spinach
Yes, one word. Spinach has ZERO taste, especially if you add it to your morning smoothie. I’m not a huge smoothie drinker myself, but when I make one I always make sure to add some spinach.
When you buy your spinach fresh, don’t worry about it turning bad. Instead, freeze it. I buy a couple of bags (especially when there is a sale) and put them in my deep freeze. This not only gets rid of the stringiness of the leaf, but it also makes it really easy to add and blend.
I buy my spinach in bags, and I have no issues with it going bad in the freezer. In fact, I just pulled a bag about 6 months old and used it in my smoothies not to long ago!
Hack #5: Buy FROZEN berries
If you use berries for smoothies, I get that fresh is better but it is also more expensive. I buy a huge ass bag of frozen blueberries (because they’re my favorite) and keep them in my deep freeze for any kind of smoothie/treat.
You might not be able to buy frozen berries organic but it really depends on where you live and how much you actually care. Personally, I think eating healthy is enough and I only buy organic when it makes a lot of sense for me.
Hack #6: Make extra
It blows my mind to think that people actually don’t make a ton of food for supper. If you give me the “I don’t like leftovers” excuse, it is such bullshit. Seriously. How much easier will it be for you if you know that you have meals left over to eat the next day or when your in a pinch.
I always make extra of the stuff that is a pain in the ass to cook in the first place. If I am making chicken breast, instead of 2 I make all 10. If I am making sweet potato, I bake 5 instead of 1. It helps to have extra and you will thank yourself for it later.
Hack #7: Instead of “sugar free”, look for “no added sugar”
Let’s take jam for example. Why would you want sugar free jam? The fruit in the jam has natural sugar. They must have done some sort of weird ass processing and refining to this food to make it so its low sugar or sugar free and that is WEIRD.
When I know something is naturally sweet, I will just look for the “no added sugar” version. I love Smuckers jam and they always have natural, no sugar added options that taste JUST as good. Make yourself aware people, processed foods still make you gain fat.
Hack #8: Ditch the “low fat” or “fat free” bullshit
You guys, seriously. You want to know how they make things low fat? They add a bunch of processed sugar to make it still taste good! You can’t honestly believe that a fat free sour cream is natural? Cream IS fat. And it’s a good fat at that! So why would you want some weird ass processed version of this healthy fat instead of just eating it in moderation?
Hack #9: Fat doesn’t make you fat
This is unless you overeat on fat way to much, but that doesn’t usually happen because fat actually suppresses the appetite and keeps you full and satisfied unlike carbs. Carbs actually make you hungrier because your body is craving a sugar spike again.
Have you ever noticed how you can eat supper and be SO full and there is just no way in hell you could have another serving, yet you can still sit down and eat dessert?
Fat keeps you full, therefore you rarely overeat it. Carbs however, don’t seem to have the same effect. They actually tend to have the opposite affect.
Hack #10: Swap pop/diet pop for club soda + lime juice
If you think you’re “healthy” because you’re drinking diet pop, think again. How in the hell can something so sweet have 0 carbs? I know! Chemicals.
Ditch that shit. If you need something carbonated or you like carbonated drinks with your alcohol, try club soda with some real lime or lemon juice.
It satisfies your need for some much needed bubbles and prevents a sugar hangover. Give it a whirl! If you don’t like citrus, try topping it off with a natural fruit juice.