10 nutrition hacks you need for a healthier diet

10 nutrition hacks you need for a healthier diet

Make the switch

Text: Janice Sim

It's the little steps that count

It's no secret that good health and a smokin' bod comes from maintaining a well-balanced diet. The grand plan isn't just about opting for foods that are better for your waistline but foods that are good for your body. We're talking about a well-rounded diet that's enriched with essential vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. 

The good news is, reforming your meals to make them more nutritious doesn't have to be all that painful — you can easily get started with these 10 food hacks as listed by the wellness gurus at Lorna Jane. Our advice? Pick a few pointers that you see yourself enjoying and stick with them.

1. Add chia seeds to your smoothies or juices

Every single seed contains a ton of fibre, which is essential for a healthy digestive system. The best part? They're tasteless.

Nutritional hacks for a healthy diet

2. Boost your antioxidant intake by adding a handful of spinach or kale to your smoothies

Spiking your smoothies with some spinach leaves can be easier than forcing them down your throat. These greens contain calcium and magnesium, which help strengthen your bones and decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Tip: You can get a decent fix at one of the Boost Juice kiosks on our shores.  

3. Swap meat for plant-based proteins a few times a week

As most meats contain a higher amount of saturated fat and cholesterol, it's healthier to sub your slab of beef for silken tofu. Other great options include legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Nutritional hacks for a healthy diet

4. Aim for half a plate of vegetables at each meal as a simple way to boost your vegetable intake

Hearty and delicious choices include spinach, carrots, broccoli, kale, and brussell sprouts. These pack a good amount of vitamins and antioxidants, and come with a minimal amount of calories.

Nutritional hacks for a healthy diet

5. Consume foods that boost your immunity

While we often focus on the foods that are better for weight loss, we tend to neglect the importance of consuming those that could prevent us from falling ill. Think foods like lean red meat, fatty fish, chia seeds, garlic, and yoghurt.  

Nutritional hacks for a healthy diet

6. Make a trip down to Farmers' Markets to pick up seasonal produce

Seasonal produce generally has better nutritional value and can be a great way to diversify your diet. Local options include PasarBella at The Grandstand and Kranji Countryside Market.

7. Cut down on artificial preservatives and flavourings

Ditch packet sauces and opt for other flavour sources like lemon juice, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and fresh herbs. 

8. Include bitter foods at each meal

Foods like rocket, watercress and radicchio can help stimulate digestive enzymes, and prevent symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

9. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables with a high water content into your diet

If you're not the type to drink enough fluids daily, try to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables like strawberries, lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, and watermelon.

Nutritional hacks for a healthy diet

10. Spring clean your pantry whenever you can

Clear out foods that no longer make you feel good or serve your health goals. Case in point: Boxed MSG or frozen trays of pizza. 

Nutritional hacks for a healthy diet

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