on 16th September 2018 | Convenient eating

4 food hacks for a healthier lifestyle

food hacks

4 food hacks for a healthier lifestyle

We can’t scroll through Instagram without hearing about the latest and greatest healthy-eating hack. So we decided to put together a list of our favourites and break down the science behind them. From wake-me-up drinks to ditching the sweeteners, these are our must-try food hacks (and no, starving yourself isn’t one of them).

Breakfast shot

If your alarm in the morning doesn’t wake you up ready for work, maybe a shot of apple cider vinegar and Himalayan salt will.

If you don’t already know, apple cider vinegar can:

  • Aid digestion
  • Promote weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure

The main reason people have been drinking it as a shot before work in the morning is its immune-system-boosting properties. It contains malic acid which is fantastic for fighting off the common cold. We can’t speak highly of the flavour but a quick shot followed by breakfast is worth it for the benefits it offers.

Combined with Himalayan salt, it’ll be a part of your morning routine in no time!

It’s vital to include salt in your diet. A pinch or two in your morning vinegar shot can go a long way. Salt plays an essential role in the body. It helps it to function, and cutting too much of it out of your diet can lead to health complications, such as an increased risk of heart problems.

If apple cider vinegar isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll be able to get behind the water and lemon trend.

Hydrate

We all know the benefits of water. We need it to stay hydrated, and sugary orange juice or caffeine-filled coffee isn’t going to cut it. If plain water is too bland for your taste, adding lemon is a great way to include some natural flavouring. As a source of vitamin C, it can reduce the risk of heart diseases.

However, keep a toothbrush nearby as lemons are high in acidity which isn’t good for your teeth when you consume too much. Water and lemon can be enjoyed hot or cold, and when mixed with honey and ginger is believed to relieve the symptoms of a cold or a cough.

Healthy Fats

If you’re baking a sweet treat and have no butter left, but you do have an avocado lying around, then you can use it as a substitute. Hear us out: using superfood avocado when cooking up a storm isn’t even noticeable – it’s just as delicious, and it’s a fantastic source of unsaturated fat.

Unfortunately, fats have gained a bad reputation; however, they are equally as important to our diet as salt. There are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Avocados fall into the unsaturated category which benefits the body by maintaining a healthy cholesterol level.

Au natural

Yoghurt is sold as a health food that is low in both fat and sugar. But often these yoghurts are loaded with artificial flavourings and sweeteners. These sweet substitutes aren’t healthy and are unnecessary. Opt for natural Greek yoghurt instead and add your own toppings!

Greek yoghurt is far better for you as it’s natural – no added sugar or chemicals. It can also be used as a source of protein if you need an alternative to meat. Just finished a workout? Greek yoghurt is rich in amino acids which aid with muscle tissue repair.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as food hacks go. We understand that prioritising healthy eating can be time-consuming if you lead a busy career-driven life. Why not let Soulmate Food take on the challenge for you and deliver hand-crafted meals to your door; all at the click of a button.