By Tanuja Dabir, M.SC., RHN

Has healthy eating been on your to-do list for a while? Eating healthy means different things to different people.

If you are always eating out, or indulging in fast foods often, it may simply mean eating more home cooked meals. Or it may mean adding more vegetables to your diet or perhaps reducing your coffee intake and increasing water consumption. You may have been pushing it off because you either think it’s too hard or it’s boring/ tasteless.

Well then I’m here to tell you it’s neither!

The first step is to write down what eating healthy really means to you. The next step is to figure out how to do it! Let’s make it easy on you, if you want to begin eating clean. Today let’s start with some easy yet clean foods swap ideas which you can implement right away. They are not only healthy but rich with flavor as well!

Getting healthy is in your hands. Be creative, get inspired by nature and enjoy experimenting with different foods and styles of cooking.

Here is an example of a nutrient— dense juice that is wonderful for the entire family.

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 6 peeled carrots
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • dash of turmeric
  • juice and enjoy!bad vs good food

Invest in your health, you are worth it!

Eat This:

  • Baked yam fries drizzled with olive oil
  • Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh/ frozen berries or apple sauce and some cinnamon powder
  • Bake with natural sugars like coconut sugar, honey, maples syrup or Stevia
  • Cook with coconut oil or avocado oil for high temperature cooking
  • Mashed avocado with hint of salt and pepper as a spread for sandwich/wrap
  • Whole grains like wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, millets
  • Water flavored with cucumbers/ lemon, strawberries or other fresh fruits of your choice
  • Kale chips or other baked veggie chips
  • Raw organic 70% or more dark chocolate bars with very few ingredients

Do Not Eat This:

  • Deep fried salty potato fries, high in calories and sodium
  • tore bought flavored yogurt full of sugar and artificial colors
  • Table sugar/ artificial sweeteners which raise blood sugar levels rapidly
  • Inflammatory vegetable oils like Canola or Sunflower oils
  • Mayonnaise or Becel
  • Wheat/ gluten rich products, white rice
  • Artificially flavored water
  • Potato chips
  • Candies, gummies or milk chocolates

Tanuja Dabir

Tanuja Dabir is a Nutritionist, Digestion Whiz, Public Speaker and Corporate Wellness Expert. She specializes in enabling stressed and on-the-go professionals bust cravings, fix indigestion, lose weight, increase energy and transform health from the inside so that they can live their best life. You can learn more about her at www.saakori.com.