4 WAYS TO BUILD A LOVE OF HEALTHY FOODS
1. Make healthy swaps
Craving a sweet: Put a big bottle of water in the fridge, overnight, with fruit slices (orange, strawberry), mint, or cucumber in it- instead of fruit juice (while it is naturally sweeten it is a lot of concentrated sugars that are not good) or soda
Use dates in smoothies instead of honey-again lower concentration of sugar and more fiber!
Craving sweets with more of a bite: Try raw real fruit and nuts
Craving Salt: Add a few extra squeezes of lime and lemon. They work with similar taste buds that crave sodium.
2. Mix healthy foods in with guilty pleasures: Top a burger with avocado, add more vegies to your spaghetti sauce, and dates/nuts/real fruit to breakfast
3. Season it: Coming off the super sugary and/or salty food is hard because at first your taste buds have been conditioned to enjoy that enhanced amount of flavoring. They can revert back to what they should be in a few months. In the meantime try adding lime, garlic, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, or vinegar.
4. Eat more of the healthy foods you like: If salads are not your thing; have more vegetable packed stew! Take a chance on a fruit you’ve never had or change the temperature of fruit. Microwave slices of Pineapple, freeze chunks of bananas, then add a little vanilla, blend them into an “ice-cream” style treat.