In the world we live in today, we are often barraged with messages on any single topic that may or may not interest us. Nutrition is one of them. What to eat? How to eat? When to eat? What not to eat? Who to eat with? While at DayTwo, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is that nutrition recommendations should be personalized and differ for each person, there are a few universal nutrition messages that we hear repeatedly and know to be true. For example, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, eating less processed foods and drinking water.
Unfortunately knowledge isn’t always enough. We thought we could help you out and come up with some nutrition hacks that can be easily implemented into your daily life, without overthinking too much.
- Always cook double (or triple) the amount and freeze for later use. This will save you time, energy and make your life easier when you come home starving and there is food available waiting for you.
- Add spinach or kale or any leafy greens to your smoothies – you won’t notice any difference in taste but you will get a lot of extra vitamins. Who doesn’t want extra vitamins?
- To make sure you’re getting a variety of vegetables, aim to eat at least 2-3 different colors in each meal.
- Add lemon, lime, mint, grapefruit or strawberries to your water, to add some flavor and encourage drinking.
- Want to know how to cool a bottle of water fast (or beer for that matter)? Try wrapping a wet paper towel around the bottle, put it in the fridge, and a few minutes later you’ll have an ice cold drink!
- Never shop hungry, or at least make a list before you go shopping so that you won’t end up buying things you’ll regret later.
- Store cut up veggies in water in the fridge, so that they are easily available whenever you want them.
- Use smaller plates – probably something you’ve heard of before, but it really helps! Studies show that you are likely to eat less when using smaller plates.
- Eat the skin of fruits and vegetables: the skin is their biggest asset, and you’ll miss out on a lot of nutrients if you discard it.
- Adding fat to certain vegetables, such as dark leafy greens, carrots and tomatoes can enhance the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like A, E and K.
Keep hunting for nutrition hacks and share them with us!