4 WAYS TO BUILD A LOVE OF HEALTHY FOODS

4 WAYS TO BUILD A LOVE OF HEALTHY FOODS

Start small!

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.  

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